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The Daily Grind: Do you appreciate items more if you make them?


In MMOs, there are four main ways of attaining items: You can loot them from mobs, buy them (either with in-game or real-world currency), earn them (via quests and alternative methods), or craft them. My running theory is that while all of these can provide satisfying acquisitions, it's the last one that perhaps makes us most appreciative of them.

I loved everything I wore and used in Fallen Earth, for example, because I crafted every single piece of gear and weapon in that game. A pistol wasn't a mere drop; it was the result of a lot of scavenging, part-making, and skill points. One of my all-time favorite possessions in World of Warcraft was my helicopter mount created by countless hours of engineering.

So our topic today is pretty simple: Do you appreciate MMO items more if you make them than if you acquired them otherwise?

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

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