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I've tried as many as I possibly could in the last 2 years. NONE of them stuck with me. Even the supposedly popular ones like Runes of Magic, Perfect World, Forsaken World, Allods. I have to wonder how these games get anyone to play and stay and actually "pay" for things in their Cash Shops. Is there a trick to enjoying them that I haven't tried? Like vegging out to your own music while grinding in them or watching a movie/TV out of the corner of your eye, to reading a book in one hand and grinding mobs with your other on the mouse? What?
Every time I even try to get into Allods or Perfect World, for example, I end up in that tired/bored state when a game just doesn't do anything for you. Kind of how I feel when I log into WoW of late, but at least with WoW I had a good 5 years before it became that way. I know they have interesting endgames and nice graphics and lots of features and even pvp content at higher levels, but getting through the miasma of levels and mob/quest grind to get to those points, I just have to wonder how anyone does it.
Is it young kids that play these games and keep them afloat and pumping out "expansions" every 6 months? Or is it something else?
Any advice or theories on this, I would love to read and hear about. Thanks in advance.
Edit: I'm specifically speaking about eastern F2Ps. Not current Freemium games like Lotro or Aoc or EQ2, as those I enjoy and can get into. It's also not the WoW factor, as I enjoy games like Rift that are very similar to WoW. Currently I'm really enjoying the betas for GW2 and TSW, but those aren't F2Ps either, but you can see my gaming tastes do span out a bit for someone who likes/liked WoW.