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The title line is how I felt when I played Star Wars Galaxies, back a year after launch in 2004. That game didn't last long, but the game world was so rich, so immersive, that even logging on and observing what went on was fun in itself.
It wasn't for a lack of things to do. There was plenty to do in SWG, every day, but even when you felt like doing nothing, you didn't want to log off.
Stuff would happen all around you. Gunfights would erupt, people were RPing all over the place in spatial, and the galaxy would be in motion (market activity, entertainers entertaining, pick up groups and loners in far off locales). This was the kind of game where something interesting could happen at any time, and you didn't want to miss out. You'd do your own thing, just hanging out, and BOOM...you'd get a text and it was on!
This kind of interest in staying logged on is rare these days. The only other time I experienced it was in CoH around Atlas Park and Pocket D. And I don't know if it was because the players were different, the games were designed differently, or that the environments were more conducive to staying logged on.
But in today's games, I don't feel the same vibe. If I'm not doing something, there seems to be no reason to stay logged on just to "hang out"...these are not games which encourage you to hang out. They encourage you to keep on grinding or questing or acting in some way to exhaustion and log out. It is as if the games are saying, "if you ain't mashing buttons in combat, you shouldn't be here." But what if I don't want to mash buttons in combat all the time? Sometimes I feel like that and I want something interesting to experience in the game without it all having to rely on me navigating a life and death struggle every second. Is it wrong to want that in an MMO?
"Its sad when people use religion to feel superior, its even worse to see people using a video game to do it."
"...when it comes to pimping EVE I have little restraints."
--Hellmar, CEO of CCP.
"It's like they took a gun, put it to their nugget sack and pulled the trigger over and over again, each time telling us how great it was that they were shooting themselves in the balls."
--Exar_Kun on SWG's NGE