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Back in town for a few days and leaving tmrw morning again. Taking the time to read up on some past articles and threads I missed out on. One theme that struck me funny was the criticism of the "casual" gamer. The modern wow player who quits wow totally because it "eats up too much of his time" vs the casual gamer who plays very sporadically just to have a social network to catch up with her friends.
Having been at both sides of the dinner table I have to say, I am really not missing out on much when I am not totally engrossed in an online game. I like the freedom of being able to come and go as I please and not have to stay on my computer at 3am all bleary eyed for "just one moar run."
One the other side, I look at everyone in these huge raids wearing awesome ->looking<- gear and making headlines in the forums (sort of). I think to myself, "well, that once was me, I just don't have the time to dedicate to it anymore." I just don't have the will to sacrifice time somewhere else in my life to sit in front of a computer and press buttons for hours at a clip anymore. I enjoy parties that don't end when the final boss dies. I don't feel as compelled to do the new, NEW thing anymore. My time is like the tide, it rushing in where I have plenty of it, I can lurk here and there, play some games and then there are other times when I feel there isn't enough hours in the day nevertheless play a game for more than a few minutes.
Could hardcore MMORPG playing be a young mans game?Are the chains of adulthood finally catching up with me? Or is it the stagnation of the industry and there isn't a game around that makes me look forward to playing it.
What are the benefits of being a hardcore gamer?
Does anyone share the same experience I am going through?