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 Stream Team: Mini Mo Mania for the 9th MOPiversary

How long is nine years? Measured from your Daily Grind wishes to a pirate's week in review, it's how long Massively OP has been...

The Daily Grind: Is there an MMORPG you think shouldn’t be classified as an MMORPG?

We have the MMORPG subreddit to thank for this morning's Daily Grind: At the beginning of January, some bright spark over there posted a...

The Daily Grind: Are there MMO systems you long ago gave up on understanding?

"I do not understand how Ninja is supposed to be played," he said, "and at this point I have given up on understanding it."...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO character do you identify with the strongest?

Pause and think for a moment about how many MMO characters you've created in your lifetime. Is it in the dozens? Hundreds? Thousands? Or...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever lost a house in an MMO?

Last week, fellow MMO blogger Belghast wrote a blog post that sent a shot of panic through my own heart: He tells the tale...
He likes Legos.

The Daily Grind: How difficult should it be to respec in an MMORPG?

It struck me the other day how my two favorite MMORPGs are wildly different in terms of respecs. Final Fantasy XIV offers effectively infinite...
Just barely avoided this fate.

Perfect Ten: The MMO franchises that can’t count past two

Back in the day, there was a running joke about how Capcom had shown with Street Fighter that the company could not count higher...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO is the worst at balancing its classes?

A few weeks back - and before we realized the game was slated for execution - MOP's Sam wrote a piece about balance in...

The Daily Grind: When was the last time an MMO studio truly impressed you?

Embers Adrift is probably never going to be my MMORPG, but damn I'm proud of Stormhaven Studios. Yes, I have a soft spot for...
Another year.

The Daily Grind: How do you cope with losing someone in an MMORPG?

I have been immeasurably lucky in that I have never lost a close online friend to death, only to drifting away. But unfortunately, you...

The Daily Grind: Would you be interested in a Guild Wars 3?

Have you ever noticed how every MMO franchise seems to get to exactly two numbered installments and then stops, at most? Guild Wars 2...
If you're not following @TruceSMV, you're missing context for this! Also you're making me sad because I have things there and I want you to love me.

The Daily Grind: How driven or chill are you toward your MMO progress?

I've always been a very goals- and projects-oriented person, even in my gameplay. I figure that if I'm going to spend time in a...

The Daily Grind: Do you even want an MMO with transmedia synergy?

We've been talking about transmedia synergy again thanks to Dune Awakening, so I want to go at it from a new angle. The term...
Not dwarves.

The Daily Grind: What gets you to start a new character in an MMO?

I like making alts. It's just a thing I do. But before I'm going to make a new alt, I have to have something...

The Daily Grind: What are some of the prettiest high-level zones in MMOs?

Back in the day, it used to be common for the early game in MMO to be nothing but verdant forests, lush meadows, and...

The Daily Grind: What do you think the next viral MMO will look like?

I am the first to admit that I didn't see Palworld coming. Oh, I knew about Palworld; we'd covered Palworld. We'd also been covering...
Do you hear what I hear?

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG have you played the longest without reaching the level cap?

For someone who spent a whole lot of time playing Final Fantasy XI back in the day, I sure as heck didn't reach the...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO offers the best book and paper features?

A while back, I casually mentioned that I make paper journals for fun. I am an extremely online person, mind you. I work online....
Oh dear.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best fishing system?

Fishing absolutely mystifies me. Oh, in real life, I get it: It's a way to be completely lazy, drink beer, and still catch your...

The Daily Grind: How often should characters miss in combat in MMORPGs?

The other day, we were talking about City of Heroes at the Massively OP offices because at this point that's like 50% of our...