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Random thoughts that most people may not care about, but may provoke thoughts with older gamers.
I was around when the first MMO's came out, but I didn't play them. I use to watch some of my buddies play UO, and I stuck with my text based MUDS. However, when they all switched over to DAOC, I jumped on board with them...and there began my love of MMO's. I played endlessly, grinding away, then discovered raids, then PVP, and I was hooked.
Along came WoW, ShadowBane, EQ2, Vanguard,Rift, DDO, etc and so on, and not necesarily in that order.
I spent a lot of time in MMO's over the years, playing, pking, being a pve carebear, running guilds, writing reviews, beta testing, alpha testing, and so on.
At varying periods of time, I was hardcore, I was casual, I jumped on new-game bandwagons, I trashtalked games I didn't like, I played neutral and looked for the good/bad in every game coming out. I became aware of the inside joke apparent to all of us, that when devs say "releasing in 2013" for the first time, you know it is more likely 2015 that the game will get released, if the company doesn't fold in the mean time.
I look at games coming out now, and even though I hear and see a lot of things I like, my overall reaction is "meh" at best.
Why is that? Do games suck now? Did WoW kill everything? Is it Sand Box Vs. Theme park?
Actually, it is none of the above. It is me. I am no longer interested in spending 10 hours every day grinding in one fashion or the other. Don't get me wrong, I'll still pull a 12 hour gaming session here and there, but nothing like I use to. I stare at a computer screen all day at work. I go home and stare at a computer screen doing homework, or working on my side job doing graphic design and photography...and I just don't want to sit in front of a shiny screen as much as I use to.
These days, all I manage to play is DDO, and that is only because it is an easy game to play for an hour or two at a time, I have a small group of friends I can group up with pretty much any time I want and run a few quests.
Am I saying DDO is better than anything out there? Hardly. I am sure it is much worse than a lot of games currently out. However, I have come to realize that I have changed, and therefore the things I like have changed.
Did I think DAOC was an amazing game? Hell yeah! I loved it! (disclaimer: not including trials of atlantis or the "New Frontier") Would I play it if it came out today? Probably..very casually for a month or so..and then I'd realize I can't devote the time to it to really enjoy it.
There really is no point to this, just the musing thoughts of an "old school" gamer. Anyone have similar experiences or epiphanies?
**note: The irony of the internet: I just realized that I hated New Frontiers because of the fast travel and cheapening of the PvP game..but I also wrote a review for it at one point in time..for this site...where I gave it gushing reviews.** That rear view mirror can be thought provoking..and quite embarrassing at times...