2018 was an odd year for MMO monetization. Oh sure, we saw Star Citizen offer things like $27,000 ship packages, but obviously most people aren’t buying that – they’re outliers. No, it’s much easier to slip in lockboxes and pricey lifetime subs that’ll fly a bit more under the radar, especially in older games. So now that we’re in 2019 and we’ve got our “best value” games list locked down, maybe we can sort out which MMORPG is actually the most expensive, and which one offers the worst value for your coins. I don’t meant which one has the most expensive stuff; I mean which one is the worst for starting fresh. How much would it really cost you to get reasonably up to speed with the right expansion packs, DLC, or “necessary” cash shop addons like bag slots? Do sub games that charge for expansions too still ask for the most? Or are the “hidden” fees of cash-shop-driven play significantly more burdensome? … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What’s the most expensive MMO to play at the start of 2019?
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It would be so awesome if I could come to work every day and know that everything developers say is absolutely truthful and no shenanigans are occurring. But of course, that’s not the world we live in. In fact, one of the rules around here is “save your recordings” because you will not believe what studios will say right on the record and then claim they would never. Last year’s winner (loser?) for this Daily Grind was the Marvel Heroes, whose studio Gazillion reps claimed to us that “the company is functioning normally” when it most definitely was not (and was in fact in the middle of collapse). My pick for fib of the year in 2018, though? Daybreak would be the obvious pick, so instead, I’m going with ESA president Mike Gallagher, who said – apparently with a straight face – that lockboxes aren’t gambling because “video games never take money from a player and leave them with nothing.” Ug. Which MMO studio … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Which MMO studio told the biggest fib in 2018?
Assuming the archives are correct, the first Daily Grind ever was penned by Krystalle Voecks on November 3rd, 2007, a day after Old Massively was founded – or I suppose to be more accurate, a day after it was rechristened from a Second Life blog into a multi-MMO website under AOL. In other words, a Daily Grind has been written almost every single day for the last 11 years. That’s like over 4000 Daily Grinds. That is a legacy, people. We’ve been kicking off the day with a community discussion topic for a very, very long time. So today, in honor of that legacy, I’m gonna pick out my top favorite Daily Grinds from 2018 – one from each month! This TDG provoked interesting discussion but no consensus other than “it depends.” While some folks are against it no matter what, others are willing to consider it if the mechanics make sense and it doesn’t become a grind. Again, the comments were mixed. Folks seem to agree on two points: PvP content is … [Read more...] about The best Massively OP community Daily Grinds of 2018
Yesterday, we asked you to examine the best PvP experience of 2018, having noted we won’t be giving an award for it this year. And while we’ll be doing an award for a few specific types of core MMO-centric content, we’re not doling out one for PvE specifically either. And yet, as we noted with some amusement on last week’s podcast, PvE combat content is the backbone of both the traditional and the modern MMORPG. Games without it are few and far between. Let’s face it, MMO players are murderhobos most of the time. It’s what we do. It’s what they make us do. So for today’s Daily Grind, set aside content like building and crafting for a moment and focus on PvE and PvM content specifically. Which MMORPG offered the best PvE experience in 2018? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offered the best PvE experience in 2018?
A couple of months ago, I did a Daily Grind asking folks to find something nice to say about MMOs they hate. It was cathartic. I mean, it’s a mental trick that forces you to find the good in things, to look at things from new angles. Not every product or idea deserves that sort of charity, of course, but video games probably should. But the opposite is also useful, so that’s what we’re doing today. In fact, it’s one of my favorite templates to use when I’m trying to be critical about one of my darlings – the “what X got wrong” template. Because the truth is that the people who know and love a thing the most also know its faults better than anyone. (I bet your mom could cut you to the core if she wanted to because of that!) So for example, Star Wars Galaxies is my favorite MMORPG of all time, but I am the first one to admit the combat is just so bad. As BalsBigBrother quipped yesterday, sometimes you play games in spite of their … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What’s the meanest thing you can say about an MMO you adore?