I am not sure who first coined the term murderhobo, but I know I personally picked it up from Massively and MOP alum Jef Reahard, having heard it probably seven or eight years ago from him, and I have the most enormous fondness for it. With apologies to actual hobos, it’s pretty much exactly what a lot of MMOs expect us to be: We’re traveling the highways and rails, wearing mismatched gear, taking on petty jobs to get by, with no home to call our own. Oh, and since it’s MMOs, we’re also murderin’ everything in our path with absolute impunity. It’s a patently absurd reality when so many games put us in this role and we just go along with it. Not that we have to go along with it. My ladies in Star Wars Galaxies are running a teahouse and handcrafting droids for a living. They have a home, they have matching clothes, and somehow only one of them has ever stabbed a dude in the face. Are you a murderhobo in MMORPGs? Better yet, is there an MMO where … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Are you a murderhobo in MMORPGs?
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On last week’s Massively OP Podcast, Justin and I were joking around about how much guild applications have changed over the last many years of online gaming. I can remember back to when we did all sorts of now-bizarre things to “pledge” to early MMO guilds, basically a fraternity rush online: We had to wear an ugly color of clothing all the time, we had to collect and donate resources, we had to show up for meetings at odd hours, and we even had to turn our account info over to an officer so he could log in and make sure we weren’t running any spy characters on the side. That last one was a terrible idea back then and even more weird now, but it seems to me that even things like formal guild applications have fallen by the wayside, and I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Some of that stuff was just silly, and I don’t really believe it created such a superior guild experience that it was worth it for anyone. So when Justin pops on Twitter and … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What’s the weirdest thing you ever did to get into an MMO guild?
If you’ve followed the Massively OP Podcast this summer or read any of my ramblings in Daily Grinds and WRUPs, you probably know that I fell into a nostalgia trap, the best kind of nostalgia trap because it’s not really nostalgia at all. In fact, it was one of you lovely readers who suggested during our Star Wars Galaxies 15th anniversary stream on the original SWGemu that we try out a semi-new emulator, an NGE emulator, one called Legends. I bookmarked it, and one bored day in July, I sat down and figured out how to get it up and running. I got logged in. I made a new toon. I slogged through the old tutorial. I didn’t really expect much, but I decided to give it a try, figuring at least I’ve have something to talk about on the next podcast. I emerged on Tatooine, scribbled down a plan, and got to work. And I haven’t really wanted to play anything else since. We go back a long way, Star Wars Galaxies and me. I had been playing MMORPGs almost six … [Read more...] about Working As Intended: Returning to Star Wars Galaxies – in 2018
The allure of the collector’s edition has always been a strange one. I remember when it started, of course, when you could get the occasional little gewgaw for pre-ordering a title (I have a cloth map for Final Fantasy VIII that I later defaced due to not liking the game, for example). But then it got a bit out of control with some things, like the collector’s edition for Star Wars: The Old Republic that I couldn’t afford at the time and literally will never be able to get the stuff from. (The fact that I no longer play is, in this case, not the point.) Usually I wind up with the collector’s edition of Final Fantasy XIV expansions simply because I have every single CE and it’s a collection thing, but I acknowledge at this point that I am paying for tradition rather than for the worth of what is contained therein. And when so many “collector’s editions” now contain nothing physical, it’s easy to feel like you’re just throwing … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Are MMO collector’s editions worth it?
As part of my New Year’s commitment to MMORPG gaming, I promised to finally give Final Fantasy XIV a proper go. And, over the last few weeks, that’s exactly what I’ve done. I’ve raced around Eorzea on a heroic adventure, uncovered sinister plots, and saved the world countless times. Even as an FFXIV latecomer, I’ve had a blast. But that’s not everything. I’ve also started working on secondary classes, dug into the crafting system, pledged my allegiance to a Grand Company, and even bought an apartment. There’s a heck of a lot to do in FFXIV, and I’ve been desperately trying to sample as much of it as possible. However, all this got me thinking: just how many people are in a similar boat? There’s a lack of good-quality and story-driven MMOs right now, and FFXIV promises to fill that niche in a major way. But is A Realm Reborn still worth trying some four years and two expansions later? To answer that question, I’ve put … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy XIV: The Latecomer Review