Ready your timezone clocks, folks: MOP Black Desert columnist Carlo proposed this topic for the Daily Grind today. “I’m in Chicago right now, so I’m on CDT, usually PDT. Black Desert’s reset is at 5 p.m. PDT, 4 p.m. PST. But here in Chicago, it’s 7 p.m. CDT. I find it much more convenient because the MMO primetime out here is much later. So even though it’s 1 a.m. here, it’s 11 p.m. back home, meaning I’ve got more people doing stuff later. I just never realized how a two-hour difference in reset can change my day so much!” I’ve definitely played the timezone game before too, having lived in three timezones across the US and having several EU guildies to coordinate with. Usually I’d say the ideal reset – if there must be one at all – is whenever I’m asleep so I don’t have to think about it. But I’ve also found it convenient to have afternoon and evening resets so that I can time my dailies … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: When’s the ideal daily reset for an MMORPG?
Daily grind workout
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?
On Wednesdays, we farm gems. In Trove, that is. That’s because ever since Trion revamped the daily login system, players get a daily bonus for doing a specific type of gameplay, with an even bigger bonus for subbers. It’s on a fixed weekly rotation, meaning every Monday is the same, every Tuesday, and so on. Wednesday is gems, so everybody in the game is farming gem boxes because they are just that important to character power. The bonuses are extremely generous, and objectively, I can say it’s a great system. Buuuuuut I find myself being mildly annoyed by the compulsion to go do that one thing, knowing I’d be missing out if I didn’t. Anybody remember old-school Ultima Online and power hour, when your skill gains were accelerated for the first hour you were logged in every day? It’s even worse than that because at least that was over after an hour and people could relax and go back to ganking miners or shuffling bags of regs around their houses. This … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Do you feel pressure to play MMOs for daily bonuses or experience events?