You ever asked yourself "what's the point?"?

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  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHMember RarePosts: 5,903
    edited July 4
    my point is often social interaction from my safezone at home. I prefer living in a fantasy world instead of the harsh reality. Im a grown manchild, call me peter pan.

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  • LithuanianLithuanian vilniusMember UncommonPosts: 323
    What's the point of playing my favourite MMO?
    Call me whatever you wish - it's mostly escapism.  My Big Hero with 2 Big Axes rushing to the battle, making powerfull AoE attacks, stomping those low lvl. monsters to the ground and saving lowbie player. My almight crafter making armour/weapon for other player. Me being needed by others, helping openly ("anybody needs help with questing?") or secretly. Even engaging in light trolling (non hurting others though).

    I enjoy some landscapes - there used to be moments when I would ride to Lotro's Evendim and harvest (un-needed) ore. Just to enjoy surroundings. Or looked at Aurora borealis in Forochel. Or enjoyed riding in green fields of Rohan.

    I enjoy when I have meaningfull stuff to do. Lotro an example: rebuild Hytbold, just because I see fruits of my work. Craft and craft untill I reach top level. Run quests to reach reputation or just enjoying content (once again Lotro: Grima's line and my eternal wish to kill that...creature).  Even grinding (kill 100 grulets to get 5 game points) is not bad if there are enough grulets and they are killable.

    In short - enjoying being busy with meaningfull content, be it grind or whatever.
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  • TheDarkrayneTheDarkrayne UKMember RarePosts: 3,441
    edited July 4
    I've done this a lot and it's usually when I stop playing an MMO. Single player games usually have a clear end. Even massive games like Skyrim eventually get to the point where you've done everything. Sure, you can keep playing but you know you've finished it really.

    MMOs have this everlasting thing and I always start to think about where this is leading to, what about all the other things I'm missing and is it worth it? I always decide that playing a single game seemly forever is a terrible gaming experience. Another 200 hours on this means I'm missing between something like 5-20 other games that have proper endings.

    Currently no MMO is releasing enough content fast enough for that MMO to always be your main game. That's when you know it's time to leave; when you are getting really excited for the next slither of content being added. That's when you've hit rock bottom.
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  • vveaver_onlinevveaver_online stockholmMember UncommonPosts: 433
    Robokapp said:
    my point is often social interaction from my safezone at home. I prefer living in a fantasy world instead of the harsh reality. Im a grown manchild, call me peter pan.

    lol, are you saying im dead on the inside? j/k i get it.. dont know if it ruined it for me, it was really a pretty sad story to begin with, like most disney stories are.. scary and horrible at the same time beauty and kidfriendly.
  • psychosiz1psychosiz1 Member UncommonPosts: 78
    The irony to me is I play a game, I like it and play for awhile, then eventually get burned out from the game, wind up taking a break and asking the very question presented by the OP.  Like many others I imagine, I come back to the same game or get hooked on another one.
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  • PhaserlightPhaserlight Boca Raton, FLMember RarePosts: 2,178
    cheyane said:
    Darkest Dungeon kept me up until midnight last night playing. Had I been asking "what's the point?" I don't think I would have been enjoying it. 
    I think the game has become very hard now I was beginning to think like my sad heroes "hopeless", "despair" and "dissolution".
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  • CorileannaCorileanna Chelsea, MAMember UncommonPosts: 65
    Yea, I can't even force myself to play certain games anymore, when bored or whatever. SWTOR made me lose some money on subs cause i got bored after a few days, and felt that starting a fresh character at lvl 1 was pointless.. and the story at 60, with the Eternal empire was weird I only made it lvl 65, doing the chapters..

    I am starting up my crafting/art business again though irl, and that has helped me rely less on video games to occupy my time. :)

    Art is a passion of mine, and I LOVE crocheting dolls that people ask from me. My next one will likely be a TV show character like invader zim, just need more supplies. :P
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  • MaxBaconMaxBacon Figueira da FozMember EpicPosts: 4,409
    It's a point of addiction, that's what keeps you playing, and MMO's are strong on that, it's just that when it came to get burnt down from playing some MMO's, and you check new ones, you will find the same type of game and gameplay over and over again, and on my side it got tiring.

    When it comes to play MMO's in something that I could consider more dedicated to, it would have to be a different and worthy MMO from what I have played for many years already, that should bring some oxygen in.
  • Brald_IronheartBrald_Ironheart Member UncommonPosts: 119
    Loke666 said:
    I think the problem is that the point of close to all modern MMOs is first XP then loot. Your characters motivation is always exactly the same and that isn't good.

    Here is where an old game really shined: DAoC. It had a rather different motivation, sure, you still wanted XP and loot but you gained those more to win the war then just for yourself and goals like that makes a game far more fun. Other older games put a lot of focus on your guild ( a few newer does this as well, games like DFO but they tend to have other problems) and building something together.

    I think the MMOs need new ways to motivate players, now we usually get a "you are the hero" story but that ends rather fast and after that you get stuck in the gear hamsterwheel with greed as your only reason to continue playing.

    I think we need more long term goals then that. It doesn't help that it is so fast to reach max level and complete the story a game have, while there is a bit of story to the raids I don't think it is enough to motivate that many players anymore.

    Things like building a city or castle (dungeon works fine as well) together with other players is one thing that work, you have a goal and help eachother to create something. Personal owned houses, farms, mines or similar also helps.
    I would much rather be motivated by competing with other players to own or control limited land, wealth, and resources in a virtual world.  Rather than simply work toward increasing the power of my magical or advanced technological gear (being mass-produced somewhere in invisible factories).  Also, killing and looting is not the most fun thing I could ever think of to do.  Non-combat professions and activities would become much more important in a more realistic virtual world.  Feeding and housing soldiers that need to eat and sleep is very important in the real world.  Clothing and equipping them is also much more important if things can wear out, be destroyed, or be damaged beyond repair.  Most human activities could be interesting in an mmorpg if they are important and needed in a more realistic and complex virtual world. 

    As it is, the only thing that motivates me to play the one mmorpg I still play is that I like my character.  I can motivate myself to make him more powerful at times.  At times.  And action combat can be fun, depending on how it's implemented.  No longer am I able to bring myself to grind endlessly in an mmorpg without fun action combat.  And I can't even do that without taking breaks from the game, sometimes very long ones.
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  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHMember RarePosts: 5,903
    cheyane said:
    Darkest Dungeon kept me up until midnight last night playing. Had I been asking "what's the point?" I don't think I would have been enjoying it. 
    I think the game has become very hard now I was beginning to think like my sad heroes "hopeless", "despair" and "dissolution".
    "I'm only happy when it rains..."♫
    after quitting Rift I realized I'm only happy when I'm tanking...
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  • DrDread74DrDread74 Las Vegas, NVMember UncommonPosts: 301
    Play something else, you are clinging to MMOs like a bad drug. Try another game, try 10 other games. I've gone from MMOs to PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds to For Honor and back to Darkest Dungeon which I used to play a year ago but started up again because my wife is playing it.

    Try something else. You can ALWAYS come back to MMOs 
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  • Azaron_NightbladeAzaron_Nightblade KingsmouthMember EpicPosts: 4,269
    Hey folks,

    I wanted to share this thought that's been bugging me for a while.

    I've made similar posts before, but let's look at it from a different angle.

    You ever thought "what's the point?" when playing your fav mmorpg?

    Is it mmo burnout? Is it gaming burnout in general? How do you deal with such thoughts?

    I personally am stuck in a vicious circle (been in it for a while) where you just circle through games, never finding that one "home". I do have other hobbies, yeah, but hell, I want to kick back and relax once in a while and play my fav game, raid, gather, craft and such.

    Sharing is caring!
    It's burnout... :(
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  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard La BarreMember EpicPosts: 6,610
    What's the point of gaming? It's a non productive leisure activity...
    All we should do in life is work in order to buy food to eat and drink and shelter to sleep. Nothing else is required.

    I don't ask myself that question and just take what is granted. In the case of games, it's fun and relaxation I'm looking for.
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  • ste2000ste2000 londonMember EpicPosts: 6,194
    What's the point of listening to some Music?
    What's the point of watching a Movie?
    What's the point of watching a Football match?

    What's the point of this thread?

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  • Cybersig211Cybersig211 chicago, ILMember UncommonPosts: 73
    Thinking back the best part was the social bonds formed in game and a community that was more entertaining than the game itself typically.

    Great games mechanically like wildstar, i couldnt get into because the community was non existent or a total snooze.  A game like darkfall, which i loved mechanically for the pve (yeah i know) was a game i played more than any because the community was hilarious and active in chat and made things like spending hours mining then losing it all on the way back fun.

    Truth be told all mmorpgs were/are boring as hell as games, even the good ones.  Maybe the modern story based mmorpgs like ESO and SWTOR i could do alone because of the story being consistent and frequent.

    But if you think about how you ever played some games so long chances are it was because of the people not the game.


    So the point was enjoying a community, as many mmorpgs had very different community personalities as a whole and many of them were extremely interesting and entertaining, though that sort of died out with the prevalence of VOIP programs being mandatory.
  • nerovergilnerovergil klMember UncommonPosts: 631
    have fun? not fun then why play go jump the bridge
  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAMember RarePosts: 27,395
    ste2000 said:
    What's the point of listening to some Music?
    What's the point of watching a Movie?
    What's the point of watching a Football match?

    What's the point of this thread?

    entertainment, of course. Unless you don't think forum pvp is fun. 
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