The Daily Grind: Are you interested in other people’s achievements in MMOs?

A few weeks ago, a MOP commenter noted that MMOs have an advantage over single-player games because single-player games are too boring, especially because you can’t show your progress to others. “That’s what makes MMORPGs interesting,” he wrote. “Show your big numbers.”

There was a gentle resistance to the idea; one commenter bluntly replied that other people simply doesn’t matter about their big numbers as they are too busy playing Fashion Wars.

I loved how this two comment exchange neatly pointed out the dichotomy between playstyle and motivation in MMOs. I’ll admit that I don’t care about other people’s “big numbers” or achievements in MMOs unless they’re friends or allies. I don’t find that interesting at all, and I certainly don’t play MMOs for that. But I’m very interested in things that other people build, for example, and that goes for both multiplayer and single player titles.

But I’m curious what other people think. Are you interested in other people’s achievements in MMOs? How much attention do you pay to the “big numbers” and victories of those around you in an MMO?

blankEach morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online role-playing game genre. Grab a mug of your favorite drink and try to answer the question asked in today’s Daily Grind!

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Curtis Crabtree

Curtis Crabtree is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Curtis Crabtree joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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