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Decided to make this post as I am a long time gamer since Ultima Online and Asherons call, I have played pretty much every MMO since then very few of which I stuck with for more than 1-2 months, the few I did were Darkfall, Istaria and SWG.
But after years of following hype for every new game being released spending money on them and learning very quickly that the game design is completely linear and in turn is just a massive time sink without little reward if any at all. When I first started online gaming there was a sense of adventure and accomplishment even with minimal time spent behind the PC, now it seems that every game is a grindfest race to the finish where most dont even care that the content in front of them is identical to what was around ten years ago.
Players now seem content to spend twelve hours a day grinding away to achieve some kind of pixelated reward others can aww at, without realizing they have wasted a big chunk of their day on something completely useless. Basically my main point is that it has been an obvious change for a long time that game companies have gone the timespent we want more of your money route as opposed to quality of product.
The genre for many years has been nothing more than grindfest, a place to waste your braincells and intelligence pacing away to get new gear...or the next skill and certainly gamers cannot find this fun, even ones who state they like grinding...must surely find their lives out of place and seemingly pathetic.
This all being said I have lost my nerve to bother with any current MMO's on the market, none have the immersion one expects when they dive into a game, none have the rewards i expect for the time i wish to put into them and none at all will ever come close to what gaming was before the tab target era of trash grinds.
It does however seem that a few companies are branching out and attempting to go back to the glory days of game where RPG and immersion...and fun actually meant something, but those games are not near a release and some may never actually hit release due to lack of funding.
In conclusion....my time playing MMO's has past, its time to give up on them completely and move on , simply not worth my time anymore. But for those that still enjoy grinding and getting new gear for the tenth mmo game straight...then enjoy.