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I've been reading these forums a lot for multiple games and there's the general idea that the MMO gamers are conditioned to pursue mundane and boring tasks to achieve long term rewards (loot/gold/gear/reputation/fluff items etc.) and this is done to prolong the amount of gaming time required. This is done to promote subscription renewals or buy cash shop items to make the progress faster...
My question is this - IF we accept this fact and also consider that it may be rendering the average gamer unable to pursue lore/exploration/socialisation (because he/she always has to invest time in their long term rewards via raiding or grinding)... What can be done to "break" this conditioning?
Myself and probably others here, find ourselves in this position - When someone tells me they do X Y Z action in a game (even single player) I always ask "what's the profit of doing that?" / "what do you get for it?"
I find myself not able to follow tasks that don't offer this conditioning...Play GW2 ? I can't get interested as much as I'd want because "Why gear up? No raid progression/PVP is equalized in sPVP and just for fun in WvWvW
"Read quest text? That's just slowing down my levelling."
"I don't have time to chat - I need to do my dailies"
What would be your approach to "break the mould" and "repair" your mindset ?
I find myself in an inner contradiction - Part of me wants to stop thinking like that and enjoy a game for what it is, take it slow, read the quests, learn about the lore of the game I'm playing, chat, laugh and have fun...The other half of me just feels all these are pointless since they don't progress my character or my "long term" goals... I bought GW2 in an effort to "get out" of the raiding mindset but I find myself craving it rather than kicking the habit... I don't enjoy the game even if I want to quite badly ... This follows whatever game I try !
I've been in loot-centric/raid-centric games for 5-6 years...How do you break a conditioning like that? Quit MMO? Do a "gaming cleanse" by playing certain games? Put some goals? How to make a new start and finally be at peace ?:P
Personally, I'm stuck