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The Daily Grind: Have you played a console MMO?

SOE recently announced that DC Universe Online has over 18 million registered users. Even if we take that with the usual grains of salt (how many concurrent users? how many of them spend money?), it's a pretty huge number. Prior to reading it, in fact, I would have guessed that the number of consol...

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The Daily Grind: Who's your favorite child NPC?

This might be a difficult topic because in truth we have not seen an over-abundance of children NPCs in MMOs, nevermind ones that speak or are part of missions. I'm mostly reminded of the tag-along I had in World of Warcraft's Children Week when I think of young characters. However, I'm most imp...

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The Daily Grind: What's the worst character name you've ever seen in an MMO?

In writing his article about Final Fantasy XIV's character rename service, Massively's Eliot rattled off a few silly names he's seen in-game that could really use a rename token. What you didn't see was the list of awful names he passed along to the writers behind the scenes: Combyo Beard, Carfullo...

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The Daily Grind: What game do you intend to play more in 2015?

I can't quite believe it's December. Pretty soon it'll be Christmas, then New Year's, and then we'll see if 2015 is an unintentional comedy for the MMO industry just like 2014! I kinda doubt that it will be, simply because there aren't as many new/big games on the way. In any case, there are a f...

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The Daily Grind: Does a studio's home country impact your faith in an MMO?

I've been cautiously excited about the development of Skyforge, although something's really been holding me back from gushing too strongly about it: the fact that its dev team (well, one of them at least) is located in Russia. Maybe it's silly and even a bit nationalist, but I am somewhat less trus...

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The Daily Grind: Do you prefer 'action-combat' in MMORPGs?

"Action-combat" has been one of those stock gameplay tropes that MMO developers have been shoving into their games since at least Age of Conan. But is it actually wanted by the core MMO audience? Massively reader theodorus321 commented last week that he prefers the old-school TAB-targeting comba...

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The Daily Grind: Did you spend money on MMOs over the holiday?

I managed to escape Steam's Black Friday sale with my wallet intact. I did buy a few titles, but I spent less than 15 bucks in the process, which is quite a reversal from 2013 and 2012 when I gorged on games that I still haven't played yet! I didn't spend a dime on MMOs, though, mainly because I...

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The Daily Grind: Do you display your MMO minipets?

I had no idea that Star Wars: The Old Republic features so many minipets. Similarly, I had no idea that it features fluff pets that are basically tiny widdle repulsorlift versions of the class ships. So now one of my Jedi has a tiny Defender that follows him around, and it's pretty much the slickes...

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The Daily Grind: Is your character religious?

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like your character's choice of religion (or not) was far more of a feature of pen-and-paper RPGs than in most CRPGs and MMOs. I can't think of many MMOs where you're ever asked to assign a fictional religion or deity to your character, save perhaps for Neverwinter'...

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The Daily Grind: Are superhero MMOs doomed to be niche?

When Valiance Online launched its Kickstarter a few weeks ago, Massively's commenters posed an interesting debate over the viability of the superhero MMO market in general, not just the workability of a genre with three competing City of Heroes spin-offs. Some readers are convinced that the superhe...

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