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 MMO do you spend the most time modding?

A few weeks ago, MOP's Andy pinged me and asked for recommendations for Lord of the Rings Online, knowing how persnickety I am about...

The Daily Grind: Are there MMO cash-shop offerings you refuse to buy?

I know I've spent a nice stack of cash on Lord of the Rings Online in the last couple of years. Two of my...
Ogre, without layers

The Daily Grind: How important is your computer’s performance in MMOs to you?

There are a lot of factors that made World of Warcraft so popular, but I don't think you can discount the fact that the...

The Daily Grind: What gaming ‘chores’ do you find yourself doing in MMOs?

When I divide up the activities of my life, I find that they generally fall into three categories: the ones that I do to...

The Daily Grind: Should MMOs limit how many characters we can roll?

I know, this is a hard question for someone who loves alts - including me. But it's relevant because of Embers Adrift's inbound hybrid...

Massively Overthinking: When an MMO has everything and so much of it

Last week, when No Man's Sky released its native Mac client, MOP's Chris and I fell into a discussion about the game being so...

The Daily Grind: Would you prefer maintenance mode or sunsets for your favorite MMOs?

Let me start by making something clear: I would always prefer that a game go into maintenance mode rather than shutting down. While it...

The Daily Grind: What are your top three most anticipated MMOs?

Blue Protocol. Throne and Liberty. Wayfinder. Ashes of Creation. Pantheon. Star Citizen. Palia. Ship of Heroes. Corepunk. Soulframe. Dune Awakening. Nightingale. Tarisland. I could keep...

The Daily Grind: In your opinion, is Diablo IV an MMO?

I haven't been shy about my opinion on the meaning of MMO and MMORPG, which is that because the genre and the terms have...

The Daily Grind: What is your favorite non-minipet pet in an MMO?

I've mentioned in the past that it took me a long, long time in MMOs before I became a "pet" person, largely because pet...
No gains.

The Daily Grind: Do you like playing MMOs in first-person perspective?

I do not like first-person cameras. At all. Ever. That's not to say there are no games with that camera perspective I like, but...

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...