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#1 Posted by StriderNo9 (1149 posts) -

For me, the last time I really enjoyed grinding in my game was Grandia 2 for the Sega Dreamcast. The combat system was slick, the moves satisfying and fighting was always engaging.

#2 Posted by laserbolts (5371 posts) -

Tony Hawk Underground.

#3 Posted by thebeastwithtwobacks (143 posts) -

dude. never.

#4 Posted by kermoosh (911 posts) -

i thought you were talking about that stupid dance that kids are doing these days.

to answer your question, i never liked grinding in games, the only good part was when you leveled up

also tony hawk's project 8

#5 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

I was still with it until Proving Ground, actually.

#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#7 Posted by Galiant (2195 posts) -

If the gameplay is good, I always enjoy it.

#8 Posted by Vorbis (2750 posts) -

I love grinding, gives me time to catch up on podcasts.

#9 Edited by pyromagnestir (4339 posts) -

(insert dry humping joke here)

@laserbolts said:

Tony Hawk Underground.

I never enjoyed grinding in rpg's. I do it because those games are addictive to me, but I always look back and think was that really fucking necessary?

#10 Posted by BurningStickMan (238 posts) -

@thebeastwithtwobacks said:

dude. never.

This. Never as a kid, never in college when I had all the time in the world, and certainly not now. Even when I retire, or if I win the lottery and just have to sit on my ass all day, I guarantee you that I won't like grinding.

Pointless, idiotic mechanic designed to stretch 4 hours of story into 100 hours of gameplay. Bite me.

See also, MMOs. Maximum player time out of minimum development effort.

#11 Posted by JoshyLee (178 posts) -

Disgaea. It's a good thing too, because there's a lot of it.

#12 Posted by Xymox (2116 posts) -

@Vorbis said:

I love grinding, gives me time to catch up on podcasts.

I wouldn't say I love it, but that's a perk for sure. Or perhaps the podcast is a way to dampen the dullness of the grind.

#13 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12134 posts) -

Uh, never? I will tolerate it, up to a point, but I will never enjoy it.

#14 Posted by RazielCuts (2987 posts) -

At the strip club last night.

#15 Posted by CaLe (4056 posts) -

Felpaw Village.. So many hours.. then the expansion came out rendering it all useless!

#16 Posted by StarvingGamer (8560 posts) -

Final Fantasy XIII probably. No wait, Diablo III, duh.

#17 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Today, Morrowind.

#18 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

I've done a lot of it in Xenoblade Chronicles incidentally while exploring.

#19 Posted by Dixavd (1380 posts) -

If the battle system is good then grinding is the best! Being able to jump from fighting style to fighting style without much fear of dying is really enjoyable to me; I always find that it makes me find the best weaponry and abilities to use on the fights that actually cause me trouble (if I didn't grind in Dark Souls for instance then I would never have improved my aim with the Pyromancy skills and the later more agile bosses would have screwed me over).

Also, there is an amazing amount of joy I get when I get a rare drop I was hunting for or even wasn't expecting (One memorable moment is in Final Fantasy X where I was grinding in the Moonflow to test out Rikku's Mix abilities and during it I stole enough Twin Stars to customize a Half MP Cost ability onto a weapon for Yuna!)

#20 Edited by DoctorWelch (2765 posts) -

Grinding was cool back in the early days of school dances because it was the biggest deal to have your dick touching a girls ass, even though its through several layers of clothes. I prefer to actually try to dance now though.

Also, Tony Hawk's Underground was the last time I really enjoyed grinding.

And now that I've answered your question in order of what first popped into my head when I saw the word grinding, I'm going to answer it for real. I never really like grinding, and I almost always try to avoid it. The last time I did it was when playing Rainbow Moon for review, and it reminded me that grinding just simply sucks. The last time I enjoyed it was maybe in WoW, but probably all the way back in the Pokemon days.

#21 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@RazielCuts said:

At the strip club last night.

So Persona 4?

#22 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Last time I put on a few podcasts and had to find something to do while listening to them. 

#23 Posted by flasaltine (1712 posts) -

Pokemon... But only Pokemon when I was younger.

#24 Posted by Svenzon (731 posts) -

I don't think I've ever enjoyed it. Didn't mind it all that much when I was younger and grinded levels in FF7 and such, but I had a higher tolerance for that kind of crap back then. Nowadays I can't stand it.

#25 Posted by doosmacleod (189 posts) -

In the time of Anarchy Online, 'round the Shadowlands expansion, you had to kill rocks to grind out the last 20 (of 220 goddamn) levels. And, to make matters worse, the end could really only be done in groups. So most of the rock-killing involved friends getting together, and pretty much getting drunk, and grinding out rocks.

Eventually, like years and years and years later, they implemented questy instances for Shadowlevels, and made the grinding, while not really more tolerable, more understandable.

But getting drunk with my friends, while running around in a circle, looking at rocks and pressing 12345bk 11234bkddddd was actually kind of fun, in a super nostalgic "It wasn't really fun, but whatever. Don't judge me!" way.

#26 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1811 posts) -

If the core mechanics are good enough, then grinding is never a chore. Gaming proverb of the day.

I really enjoy killing dudes in Borderlands, so probably there.

#27 Posted by Andorski (5369 posts) -

Getting more "money" in Bastion through the arena fights are the most fun I've had grinding. Not sure if I would deem that to be enjoyable though.

#28 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (1187 posts) -

Skyrim or FF7 on my PSP

#29 Posted by biospank (657 posts) -

I like to grind in games like diablo and demons souls/dark souls even if these games are just a grindfest

#30 Posted by Clonedzero (4196 posts) -

dunno if it counts, but max payne 3 multiplayer. gotta level up alot ot get more guns, so you gotta grind that shit out

#31 Posted by killacam (1278 posts) -

hate it, but i put up with it for that little gem xenoblade

#32 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

Last night.

#33 Posted by Atary77 (502 posts) -

Halo: Reach, all because I wanted Carter's Commando helmet with a gold visor. It was totally worth it.

#34 Posted by TheCreamFilling (1203 posts) -

Borderlands trying to get a better SMG for my Siren.

#35 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8607 posts) -

Lord of the Rings Online is a game in which I gladly run some skirmishes or kill some Orcses.
I should mention LoL and Dota 2 as well, you do nothing but grinding minions there and somehow it stays fun.

#36 Posted by Animasta (14730 posts) -

Resonance of Fate because the combat is so good

#37 Posted by ervonymous (1297 posts) -

I played Maple Story for almost two years so I must have had some masochistic fascination for grinding.

#38 Posted by Simulacrum (458 posts) -

I remember grinding quite a bit in Digital devil saga.

#39 Posted by Levio (1786 posts) -

the last time I really enjoyed grinding was in Bioshock2 when I farmed big daddies for research.

Not only was that fun gameplay, but I also was steadily using up my ammo resources, so I felt like it was a strategic tradeoff instead of a pointless time-dump.

#40 Posted by JeanLuc (3608 posts) -

All the Riddler Trophies in Arkham City. It was long but I felt satisfied in the end.

#41 Posted by Slag (4903 posts) -

Dragon's Dogma was the first time in a long time I got Loot Lust and kept grinding well past when I needed to.

The Everfall and Ur-dragon instances are pretty fun. Maybe too easy especially once you top lvl 60 and/or when you start lvling up Ur-dragon loot, but the mechanics keep it from getting too repetitive like most grinding is.

#42 Posted by Spoonman671 (4777 posts) -

Battlefield 3.

#43 Posted by JackSukeru (5967 posts) -

These days it seems like I prefer games with a bit of grinding in them cause I always want to play while listening to some podcast or whatever, so if the game is good and has grinding I'll probably enjoy it. It can be anything from doing side stuff in Assassin's Creed to playing the recent Theatrhythm (though in that case the music is often necessary to play efficiently so I couldn't listen to a podcast whilst playing it).

In a way it makes me sad too because I have a hard time getting into games that don't have this low intensity, grindy, tasks these days. It's doubly sad because it's not like I am wanting for time at the present. There was a Extra Credits episode a while back that talked about RPG's and they mentioned the reason why grinding was enjoyable. They had a word for it but I've forgotten what it was.

#44 Edited by Yummylee (22579 posts) -

Probably Dark Souls. The combat was so great and the idea of steadily getting strong, creating better weapons, was an ideal worth fighting for as I would constantly kill enemies for their item drops, head to a bonfire, then start it all over again.

Also Dead Rising games make for some fun grinding.

#45 Posted by moywar700 (174 posts) -

I never enjoined grinding.

#46 Posted by IzzyGraze (854 posts) -

Animal Crossing. That's what the whole game is.

Also Terraria. I consider digging for many many hours to be grinding.

#47 Posted by Contrarian (1143 posts) -

I am grinding right now on Dragon Quest Mosters: Joker 2. I need to if I want to beat the last boss. I enjoy it as I am constantly producing new monsters or improving existing ones. I alsways enjoy grinding. Even grinding on Gran Turismo 5 to buy all the cars didn't bother me, but mainly it is about grinding away at JRPG like Pokemon.

#48 Posted by Adaurin (187 posts) -

I enjoy grinding whenever I have a podcast to listen to.

#49 Posted by The_Hiro_Abides (1270 posts) -

I'm glad that listening to podcasts while grinding in a game is a popular thing to do. It's the only way I'm getting through Phantasy Star 2 at the moment. Although I'm also grinding in SMT: Devil Survivor 2 a lot w/o audible aids.

#50 Posted by itsVASH (172 posts) -

I didn't realize Grinding was an enjoyable pass time... now baseball... thats an enjoyable pass time... wait... not its not