the daily grind

No, it’s not a slow news day; it’s just The Daily Grind, a long-running morning feature in which the Massively Overpowered writers¬†pose gaming-related questions to the MMORPG community. [Follow this feature’s RSS feed]

The Daily Grind: What small touches would make an MMO feel more immersive to you?

You know what impresses me greatly? When a video game developer puts in the extra effort to provide little touches and features that exist...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs offer great treasure hunting systems?

A post on Nomadic Gamers a few weeks back caught my eye because it was about treasure hunting in MMOs. Now listen, I don't...
Weepy weep weep.

The Daily Grind: How bloody do you want your MMOs?

There's a lot of talk about violence in video games, but examples cited are often not really about violence but about the results of...

The Daily Grind: What’s the longest wait you ever had for an MMO?

The other day I was looking back at my gaming blog from 2013 to read a list of my most anticipated MMORPGs. And wouldn't...

The Daily Grind: What one thing do you wish new MMO devs knew about the genre before trying to make an MMO?

No, you can't tell them to flee for their lives. That's cheating. I've been thinking about this topic after Bossa Games announced Lost Skies, which...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best skybox?

A while back, I was playing Lord of the Rings Online when a player in chat remarked that he had spied a specific constellation in the night sky. How often do you look up?
Not worth cheering over.

The Daily Grind: How much tolerance do you have for unfulfilled MMO promises?

Every MMO promises things that it doesn't deliver on. Final Fantasy XIV promised open-world roaming Primals that free companies could kill and then summon...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO castle impresses you the most?

The beginning, middle, and end of my castle fixation was playing with LEGO Castle sets as a kid. There's nothing quite so fun to...

The Daily Grind: What do you hope Amazon’s LOTR MMO does differently from LOTRO?

In the comments of our pieces on Amazon's second go-round with the Lord of the Rings IP in the MMO space, multiple MMO gamers...
Cool out.

The Daily Grind: What’s the idea challenge level for you for endgame content in an MMO?

Today's question is not about whether or not your MMO of choice delivers the endgame challenge level that you're looking for; rather, it's about...

The Daily Grind: How many online ARPGs have you played?

I can't imagine why I have ARPGs on the brain right now, but I do. And in fact, I've been enjoying a fair bit...
Turns out esports are terrible.

The Daily Grind: Would you have played the Overwatch 2 MMO Blizzard envisioned?

One of the overlooked bits from the mea culpa blog from the Overwatch 2 PvE cancelation fiasco last week is the unprompted reveal that...

The Daily Grind: Why did you delete the last MMO character you deleted?

Every deleted MMO character has a story. Sometimes the concept or name sucked. Sometimes you decided on a different race or faction. Sometimes you...

The Daily Grind: Do you have any boxed MMO copies still lying around?

The move to most MMOs being either wholly or largely digital has been a welcome change for my overall shelf space. Heck, I haven't...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs offer the best and worst picture taking experience?

If you're the type of player who likes to chronicle their MMO experience by taking screenshots, then you'll be well aware that not every...

The Daily Grind: So what *should* we call the metaverse?

Back in April, we covered a whitepaper from MMO designer Raph Koster, who just so happens to be building a metaverse MMO - or...
Looking out.

The Daily Grind: What’s your longest stretch between the launch of an MMO you love and your first time playing?

It'd be easy to pretend that my job is the reason I tend to try most new MMOs that will eventually become favorites pretty...

The Daily Grind: How can Elder Scrolls Online become exciting again?

In almost all of the dialogues I have with people about Elder Scrolls Online, I keep hearing the same things: It's a well-done game...

The Daily Grind: When was the best time to be a fan of World of Warcraft?

Last week, an influencer tweeted out that "there's never been a better time to be a fan of World of Warcraft." I'm not going...

The Daily Grind: When has an ‘improvement’ in an MMO made it much worse?

I haven't taken any German since college, but I did recently learn a new word: verschlimmbesserung, which essentially translates to "disimprovement" - specifically, an...