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 Daily Grind: Is the age of superhero MMOs past?

Is it just me, or does it seem like nobody is that hot to trot for superhero MMORPGs these days? A few years ago,...

The Daily Grind: How could Blizzard make World of Warcraft more appealing to former players?

Eliot's column about World of Warcraft feeling like a dead mall struck a chord with our commenters, many of whom agreed with the feels...

The Daily Grind: Do MMO studios manipulate their playerbases with trolling and tribalism?

A few weeks ago, MOP Chris and I were discussing Star Citizen's antics - remember the video with the coffee? - and it was...

The Daily Grind: How often do you change guilds in your MMOs of choice?

Some people joined up with a guild years ago, and since then that has been The Guild I Am In. No changes. But today...

The Daily Grind: Does cel shading help or hurt an MMO’s appeal and reputation?

With titles like Tower of Fantasy on the market and Blue Protocol on its way for later this year, I thought it would be...

The Daily Grind: What are the best and worst horizontal progression systems in an MMORPG?

This morning, I want to talk about horizontal progression systems in MMOs, of which I am generally a fan! And I'm gonna start with...

The Daily Grind: What’s your least favorite sort of thing to farm in an MMO?

Some MMOs, as we all know, have actual farms. Literally, just a place where you put farm goods and you farm things. But that's...

The Daily Grind: Do you stop to watch player performances in MMOs?

Especially when you have limited time to game, it's hard to ignore that "go go go!" voice in your head that urges you to...

The Daily Grind: What are some demonstrably wrong things about old MMOs that people insist were true anyway?

A while back, there was a thread on the MMORPG subreddit arguing that "minmaxing an information abundance has ruined MMORPGs" and posited that devs...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most unique weapon in an MMO?

I'm sure we've done pieces on unusual weapons in MMOs over the years - we've done thousands of Daily Grinds, after all - but...
La la la la la, I'm in love with lovely Johnny

The Daily Grind: What’s the worst MMO music from an MMO where you like the music?

Music is important. Some MMOs do not have very good music, and as a result you don't actually notice when one piece is bad...

The Daily Grind: Are you a half-hearted MMO crafter?

Whenever we talk about crafting, I feel that we're too quick to divide all players into "crafters" and "non-crafters" without considering that there might...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO’s lore makes your eyes glaze over?

Earlier this week, Blizzard posted up a brief in-universe timeline of the Diablo IP's storyline, and in spite of my having played these games,...
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The Daily Grind: Where have you met your best MMO friends?

Sometimes your MMO friends are good companions whose homes you visit and who you give gifts. Like holiday gifts, or parcels of lands, or...

The Daily Grind: What isn’t explained well enough in your MMO?

Your MMO can have the best, most flexible systems and the most robust options -- but if nobody but your devs and elite players...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs have the least fair regional pricing?

Last week, we got a letter from a gamer in Türkiye (hiya kaickul!) who was frustrated with Blizzard's regional pricing for Diablo II Resurrected...

The Daily Grind: Does it bug you when MMO cash shops rotate out their buyables?

One of my few pet peeves with Guild Wars 2 has been the design of its cash shop, which traditionally has rotated through its...
I mean, perhaps you should, but...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever had an MMO that serves as your guilty pleasure?

As a rule, I don't do guilty pleasures. It's not something that I personally believe in. Not in the sense that I'm unfamiliar with...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever played an R-rated MMO?

If we were to transfer MMOs over to the realm of movies and give each an MPAA rating, we'd most likely see a lopsided...
I find the way.

The Daily Grind: Would you play an MMO with a premade character?

I tend to think that if I were trying to come up with a list of mechanics and concepts and features that pretty much...