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Freestyle Writing for Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011

Why do you play MMOs?

Originally, I played MMOs because I enjoy playing RPG/Fantasy style video games. The first interactive game I played was a text based MUD (multi-user dungeon) and I loved it! I got to play with people from all over the world. It engaged my imagination and let me socialize. This was a win-win for me. Later, my first MMO was Everquest. Ray and I started playing it together. Since he and I played console games together, in addition to the MUD, this was a natural progression in gaming for us. I liked the teamwork aspect, as well as the social aspect. There was something fun about exploring the world and accomplishing things. We played Everquest for about 6 years. The next MMO that I heavily invested in was World of Warcraft (though I played in almost every major MMO beta between Everquest & WoW). I also played it for around 6 years. This time, Ray and Dave and I played it together. We ended up raiding, which meant we spent a LOT of time with anywhere from 7 (for 10 man raiding) to 22 (for 25 man raiding) other people. But we eventually started spending at least 3 hours or more a night on WoW, which cut into every other aspect of our lives! I actually feel that by the end of it, it was pretty negative for me, so I was glad when I quit back in March of this year.

I’m not sure if 6 years is the limit for me for one game, or if I’ll even play another MMO ‘seriously’ again. Ray is in the Star Wars beta right now, and I love the look of the game, as does Dave, but I don’t know that I want to get sucked into another world. While I love the social aspect, playing with my friends, etc. I hate the time sink! To get anywhere, you’ve got to put in hours upon hours to level up, get gear, craft, etc.

After thinking about it, I sort of wish that MMOs would create an ‘easy mode’ server, where you could play the game on easy, with minimal time commitment. It should be excluded from any of the ‘World First’ events, etc. so that the ‘hardcore’ players don’t feel threatened by it. However, I think it would allow those of us who want to devote minimal time and effort to an MMO to enjoy it.

I feel like I never have enough time these days, as there are so many different things I want to do:
blogging, writing, playing with my makeup, playing with Phaedra, spending time face to face with friends, reading, music, etc
and there are so many things I have to do:
work, clean house, other chores
that I can’t justify investing the time into an MMO the way I used to. While I still love the potential social aspect, I think I experience more quality social interactions on Twitter, Facebook, my blog, email and face to face these days.

What about you? Why do you (or did you) play MMOs? What do you get out of them?

  • From our partners
    • DaenaCat

      WoW was my first MMO — I started in the middle of BC but didn’t raid or do much end-game stuff. Then when Wrath came along, I got into raiding, hard core. I raided full time on 2 characters, with 2 separate guilds. And it really got to be too much. After I beat the LK a few times, I’d had enough and quit raiding. I played during Cata but only raided a few times… and realized I no longer had the patience for it. I think the “social” part of MMOs is what I like least! lol Especially in dealing with a raiding guild, there seems to always be so much drama and politics. Even if you’re not a part of the drama, it sort of seeps into your life.

      So, I quit WoW and tried Rift. I love it. I’m not raiding and I don’t even need to be in a guild to do the things I want to do.

      When SWTOR comes out, I’ll play that, though I doubt it’ll hold my interest. And there’s GW2 to look forward to.

      But, I definitely burned out on the gear grind, the rep grinds and the way raids seem to cause more anxiety and nerdrage than fun! Sometimes I miss raiding but not enough to go back to WoW, that’s for sure. WoW is still a great game but no longer for me.

      • Phyrra

        I did pick up Star Wars the Old Republic, but I haven’t really played it yet.

    • http://www.beautyraid.com Zelda

      I never played WoW. Visually it just overwhelmed me. I played the free to play MMOs like DnD Online and DC Universe Online. It’s just not my style of game play. I was always a console gamer at heart.

      I Beta’d the Old Republic this weekend, and had 2 of my close friends beta as well! It was fun playing together, but I just don’t think I’d enjoy a MMO alone. It is a huge time sink, but the game was super fun! I love Star Wars so getting to be in the universe was awesome.

      • Phyrra

        I picked up Star Wars, so I’ll play that a bit. I can’t imagine playing an MMO alone.

    • http://www.soundcloud.com/studio_dummies studiodummies

      This is more like why *don’t* I play MMO’s – my husband is worried no one will ever see me again :p – but actually I’ve been thinking about it b/c one of my friends is really into WoW and highly recommends it. I can say that I definitely prefer wrpg’s over jrpg’s, so for me to play any of those it would have to fall into the wrpg category – I’ve also been curious about Rift, although I haven’t seen made available for Mac yet, but I haven’t checked in a while either.

      • Phyrra

        I played Rift. It was ok to me. I didn’t like the graphics. Interesting game mechanics though.

    • http://www.prettymom.org coco

      WoW is my first MMO. i used to hate this game and now it’s my ‘other’ virtual life. i played because i like the pretty toons and the pretty fashions (robe of insight!) but fashion design in tbc went downhill. i still play because i have no life :p

      • Phyrra