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: Will you go back to SWTOR for Onslaught?

This weekend, we covered some pretty exciting news for Star Wars MMO fans: BioWare is launching a massive new expansion for Star Wars...
Not scary any more.

The Daily Grind: What MMO has the absolute worst official site?

Every so often I'm reminded of how hopelessly bad the Final Fantasy XI site actually is. I don't entirely blame the designers; the site was...

The Daily Grind: What makes you dismiss an MMO without ever trying it?

I would say that I'm generally -- generally -- a fairly open person when it comes to trying out MMORPGs and other games. I...

The Daily Grind: Do you have a ‘port in the storm’ MMORPG?

Yesterday, we covered the news that Elder Scrolls Online is actually implementing queues and adding more capacity and new hardware to handle what...
Jump around?

The Daily Grind: Do you prefer target locks or free aiming in MMO action combat?

In the world of active combat, the mechanics are split between two separate yet equally important combat styles. The first is the open free-aiming...

The Daily Grind: What MMO player behavior irks you the most?

One of the best aspects of MMORPGs is also one of its worst on occasion. And yes, I'm talking about the presence of those...

The Daily Grind: How much does trust for other players matter in MMORPGs?

My husband is a dedicated Overwatch player, and lately he's been watching videos about improving his skill that frankly seem to have just...
Where now?

The Daily Grind: Which MMO handles PvE – not just PvM – the very best?

There's a thing we do a lot when we're talking about MMOs: We elide PvM and PvE. I suppose we do it with different...
It's fine, everything is fine, this is fine.

The Daily Grind: What gives you cause to forgive MMO studios or publishers?

There are a lot of reasons people have to dislike NCsoft as a publisher. But oddly enough, if you're a fan of WildStar who has...

The Daily Grind: Which underrated MMO would you recommend to friends?

So c'mon, we all know what the big MMOs are right now, the ones that always come up in conversation. You know, the ones...

The Daily Grind: Where do you stand on difficulty modes in MMOs?

There's a meta discussion happening across games Twitter and elsewhere over the last week or so thanks to Sekiro: Shadows...
Looks like home.

The Daily Grind: Are there any zones in MMOs you’d like to call home?

My wife has long had an affection for Nagrand in World of Warcraft, and that makes sense to me. The gentle rolling terrain looks...

The Daily Grind: What does an MMO need to do right at the start to keep you playing?

I don't think it can be overstated enough that the introductory experience of an MMO is absolutely crucial to pulling in and retaining a...

The Daily Grind: Do you still get excited about upcoming MMORPGs?

It was the late aughts. My husband and I had scraped together money to fly to London for a meet-up with our Europe-based guildies....

The Daily Grind: Should AAA companies expect gamers to fund esports prize pools?

The esports industry is absolutely no stranger to watcher-funded prize pools. I know this. We've watched as companies like Riot Games and Hi-Rez have...
Fun is sometimes relative.

The Daily Grind: When did you start playing MMOs?

This is a fun and simple question that is also remarkably complex to answer, because there are so many different ways to answer it....

The Daily Grind: Which MMO’s lore confuses the heck out of you?

Fantasy authors (aspiring and published) are renowned for their tendency to create elaborate and often labyrinthian backstories and world histories. And while this lore...
up in the club

The Daily Grind: How do you feel about ideas like the cottage rule and class fantasy in MMO design?

Who among our readers played City of Heroes and remembers the cottage rule? The idea was that developers were reluctant to change the...
NOT THE WARP TARU!

The Daily Grind: How long does it take you to acclimate to a new MMO control scheme?

On some level, every MMO is going to feel like it has the wrong controls to me. The reason for this is simple: My...

The Daily Grind: What visuals do you wish you could hide in MMOs?

Last week World of Warcraft made some aspiring nudists happy by announcing that it was going to let players hide pretty much...

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