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: Which MMOs do you wish would come to console?

I've never been a console-first kind of gamer, so I've never felt a great pull to invest heavily in consoles, even when more major...
Yay, sort of?

The Daily Grind: What would it take to get you to try a battle royale game?

The big thing these days is Apex Legends, which is the sudden success story to mirror Fortnite's overnight success, which itself mirrored...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO battles did you survive by the skin of your teeth?

There's nothing more exhilarating than emerging victorious from a fight that you thought you would lose. The other day I was mindlessly going through...
My ability to remember when I should screenshot things is still terrible, but that's always been true.

The Daily Grind: How much power should ‘vocal minorities’ have over MMO development?

Back at the beginning of the year, I saw a great thread on Twitter from a game dev who illustrated why listening to...
Yo.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO subgenres need better names?

There are an awful lot of games falling under the broad header of "not quite an MMORPG but still multiplayer shooter with strong influences...
Rebuild. Rise.

The Daily Grind: What will your next MMO superhero be?

With the next wave of several superhero MMORPGs on the way (Valiance Online, City of Titans, SEGS, and Ship of Heroes),...
ESO

The Daily Grind: How do you and your guild handle political discussions inside MMOs?

I'm genuinely curious about this one, so indulge me. From my vantage, it's seemed to me that casual discussion of politics inside MMOs has...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO is soooo close to being perfect but just misses the mark?

Last week, there was a thread on the MMORPG subreddit that struck a chord with me. Author SaintNutella rattles off a list of some...
Ah... huh.

The Daily Grind: Do you get worried when MMO fan sites shut down?

Fan sites come and go. They always have and always will. The game that you thought you would care about forever when you were...

The Daily Grind: Does law and order add to MMORPG worlds?

As of late I've been going through the Thieves Guild DLC in Elder Scrolls Online. The result of this has taught me that...

The Daily Grind: So how worried are you about Guild Wars 2?

Last night's devastating news that NCsoft was forcing Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet to make major layoffs definitely shook me, even more...
Surprises are relative at times.

The Daily Grind: Are there party roles you will not fulfill in MMOs?

We all know the big three roles in most MMO design at this point: tanks, healers, and DPS. But these are not the only...

The Daily Grind: What if World of Warcraft never launched?

It is 2003, and after several years of development and hype, Blizzard Entertainment sizes up its World of Warcraft project. The studio decides...

The Daily Grind: What MMO could really use a true fresh start server?

We talk a lot about progression servers and vanilla servers, branches of MMOs that use different rulesets, either new or old - we even...

The Daily Grind: Are you concerned about the future of World of Warcraft?

Given the week that Activision-Blizzard just had - capping off a record financial year by haphazardly firing 800 employees, literally provoking union groups to...

The Daily Grind: What are the moments in MMOs that make you feel powerful?

You know, for all the fun of going back and curbstomping low-level enemies, that doesn't make me feel powerful in an MMO. What makes...

The Daily Grind: When have you bumped into MMOs in real life?

The other day I was driving through my neighborhood and I happened to look at a cross-street that read WESTFALL. And, being the former...

The Daily Grind: How much does nostalgia drive your MMO play?

Blogger and MOP reader Serrenity recently pointed us to a Kotaku article on the subject of video game nostalgia. Author Alyse Knorr maintains...

Massively Overthinking: Showing up vs. showing off in MMOs

Last week's Daily Grind about ambient sociability got a lot of MMO gamers talking about that desire to have people around, even if...
home sweet whatever

The Daily Grind: What’s the MMORPG without housing that would benefit the most from adding it?

Housing is a big and elaborate system to add into any game, and it's always an expensive system to include in terms of resources....

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