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

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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?

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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...
Huh.

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

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"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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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

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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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...
Acceptable!

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

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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...

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