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So recently I was doing some thinking.. and you know ever since I was approx 14, playing football AND hockey. my younger friend who was a total computer nerd dragged me into this older game called Meridian59.. I totally did not get it. I was teeeeeeerible.. But we played a little off and on. Then sometime later he drug me into the release of Ultima Online.
And I clicked with UO. I was a beast with my halberd. Clanking little cats and mongbats over the head. Sure my first toon was gimp but my second was a powerhouse.. in a badass guild we had boxed in polar bears, all the rare stuff in our house. Cool black robes (lol) it was SOOOO fun.. I mean I was really popular, being online 24/7 (sometimes quite literally) I was the go to guy for info, backup, any help you needed. Of course my real life suffered, I quit sports, did bad in school for 2 years.. Gained alot of weight, but man I was a god in UO. Even figuring out ways to wolfpack UOE users with my guildies ( an extreme cheating program, alot of noobs used to get a leg up on pvp).
Years later, we heard of this new game Everquest.. we had done all and seen on all UO so we decided to migrate.. And things pretty much went the same there.. I spent 10 times more online time chatting and helping guild mates then actual playing.. Some of the first that ventured into the planes.. Had seperate accounts for shift based camping of items. Rinse repeat..
Years later WoW was coming out... again we migrated.. again we played it like it was meant to played.. Going beast on players / dungeons / raids.. days of no sleep..
AND then... something happened.. was it me? Was it the industry? Did games really start sucking or did I start sucking? I dont know for sure... but since the release of Wotlk, I have probably jumped around to 100 different mmo games.. Everything from hefty pro-order collectors edition to the smallest crappy little asian grinders..
Never once have I found even a touch of that crack cocaine like addiction to a game... felt the need to play way past me getting sleepy. Or to stay up for 2 sunrises trying to beat the curve of people leveling and getting items.. Its just gone..
Now I am waiting for ToR /GW2 to release .. hoping I get the fun i used to out of a game.. But I am pretty sure I wont.. maybe a few weeks or a month out of each..
But one thing that has happened is I have gotten back in touch with real life.. continuing my education.. I have a career now.. a daughter Im in love with. Working on a new hobby that isnt online gaming.. (people really do some boring stuff in real life lmao)
So to close.. I think this era of MMO gaming people are talking about.. it seems everyones bored, no one is playing 1 game very long.. games are getting more and more shallow and easy, it has been both a curse and a blessing. I am unable to enjoy what is probably the only hobby I will ever really LOVE, but it has allowed me to expand my horizons in many ways..
Anyway, thanks for reading if you did.. hope it wasnt to long. Anyone else care to share their stories? Or comment? I would absolutely LOVE some conversation not relating to ToR/gw2 or TL2/D3