YouTuber Josh Strife Hayes is on a quest to play the worst MMOs ever made
If you’ve ever wondered what kind of person has the fortitude and passion to play the world’s worst MMORPGs, well, we found him.
There’s something special about great MMOs like Final Fantasy 14: they’re the kinds of games that can swallow you up in sprawling stories, months-long quests for the ultimate gear, and communities that inspire lifelong friendships. There’s also something special about terrible MMORPGs. Because when they’re bad, they’re really bad: the MMO genre can be a cornucopia of dull game design, hilarious glitches, and microtransaction bullshit. They’re also notoriously time-intensive to play, and as a result many commercially unsuccessful MMOs remain tragically unexamined. Thankfully there’s someone documenting this rich and varied history, and his name is Josh Strife Hayes.
“All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.” —IBM Manual, 1925