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[Column] General: Holidays & Events – A Welcome Way to Close the Year

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe CitadelPosts: 23,010MMORPG.COM Staff Epic

As the end of 2013 rolls around, MMOs crack out winter / holiday events for players. In our newest Social Hub, we take a look at why we believe those events and celebrations are important for the community. Check out our thoughts and then add your own in the comments.

The holiday season has gotten me thinking about events. While holiday season in MMOs is in full swing, there are other types and some of the roles they play are important. That includes the types of events and some of the things it takes to make them effective and fun. Do today's games have to do something different or is it enough to freshen events from year to year? Events can be a good way to help player communities gather around a central occasion, but there are some potential downsides too. 

Read more of Christina Gonzalez's The Social Hub: Holidays & Events – A Welcome Way to Close the Year.



  • DauzqulDauzqul Detroit, MIPosts: 1,526Member Uncommon
    I don't mind the themes etc. However, my only problem was missing out on the exclusive items. I missed a few events due to work, trips, etc. I don't like missing out on items... especially if they are cool, e.g., goblin mask etc.
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  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 14,247Member Rare
    I play several different online games, so there has been no shortage of things for me to do. This year has been one of the best for in-game gifts and events so far. 

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  • Po_ggPo_gg Twigwarren, WestfarthingPosts: 3,660Member Rare

    Nice column again. To the question at the end (event that bring me back) - nope. I love events and festivals, but I play them only in those games which I play anyways. I don't think I'd go back into a game just because it has a nice event. As you wrote, these events are great in bringing the community together, why would I play them in a game I don't play after the event is over?

    Any that deserving more attention - dunno, the bigger ones get enough coverage I think. Maybe DCUO, Larfleeze has some funny lines indeed :)


    "Having stepped into a couple of the holiday events again on a few games, I was repeatedly struck by how much fun they were, but also made acutely aware of the time squeeze on some of them."  Indeed, that's a sad progression of the last 2-3 years... with several threads on the games' own forum as well usually. These event should be the place of fun, of getting together, and maybe some cosmetic or fun reward for those who like being rewarded. Instead of that, more and more games making these events a tedious, boring grind, sometimes even worse grind than the regular ones originally in the game.

    A perfect example could be Neverwinter, since the launch every event in the game was way more grindier than the previous one.

    An another candidate could've been LotRO, because last year they made Frostbluff a giant grind, but luckily they stepped back a bit this year (with not erasing the deed from last year, and this year putting the new steed to the 1st tier and not behind a huge grind-wall), so they got off the hook for now :)

  • LeGrosGamerLeGrosGamer Canada, QCPosts: 210Member
      Sorry for being Mr Scrooge, but my off time during the Holidays are with friends and family. Besides, my last MMO was FF14 and my sub was cancelled a few weeks ago and not planning on heading back any time soon.  I could care less about Holiday events in a MMO, I just want a finished , full feature activated MMO to be released.  Half finished games with Christmas events? Really now? But that's how naive and easy our MMO community have become, thus why we'll keep getting such crappy releases. We got games "released" since 2010 that are still in open beta. In North/South America and most of Europe, we can care less for the "Hello Kitty cuteness" treatment that players get in Asia, that's their thing, not ours. The day a MMO will launch and able to attract 15% of the redneck population, watch out WoW, 'cause you're going down in a heartbeat !  So with all that being said, Happy Holidays to all !  And remember, Santa is just as real as your virtual MMO Holiday event. :)
  • wgc01wgc01 Fort Worth, TXPosts: 232Member Uncommon
    I am off and on again about holiday themes in games, sometimes I take part and sometimes I don't, if they were not there I would not miss them, but I know a lot of players seem to love them and I hope they enjoy them.. I am in the middle of the road on this one for my taste, but I support them for the folks that enjoy them..:)
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