I'm not here to write about "the gaming industry" or "the state of games today." There have been a lot of changes in games and there are some really great ones out now. But virtual worlds seem lacking. I'm not complaining. I'm just observing how I feel about it personally. I know others feel this way, too, though maybe for different reasons.
I think of it like music, maybe. Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and so on. Their day is over. It's great music, but rock is dead. Hip-hop came and the music scene changed. There are eras and tastes change. I still listen to new music. And I love me some old classic rock, blues whatever. It's just that I won't be going to any more Jerry Garcia Band shows. It's over.
I used to think of games as a place to stay for a while. For a long time. I don't mean 12-hour sessions, but there were times when I stayed up all night and forgot to go to sleep, as recently as 2007 or 2008, when I was already pretty old. WoW had that for me a long time ago. So did Darkfall. I was happy with those games for years. I sometimes felt irritated by Aventurine, though. Then AV wiped all my accounts in Darkfall and for the first time, I felt screwed over.
Now I feel that way all the time with games. I don't feel like there is a world there for me. I feel like there are just ways to get me to spend my money. Maybe games were like that before, but at least it seems like it was hidden a lot better. Or maybe I was just more naive about it.
Feel kind of sad that my last year+ game has lost its charm for me. ESO has turned into a zergy pvp grind for me. I'm not saying ESO is a bad game. It is a great game and beautiful. A lot of people love it, and I don't want to criticize it. But I will say that it moved away from being a game for me by the decisions that have been made over the past year. I'm not the target audience.
I am playing Skyforge now. I know what it is. I bought the CE and I'm happy with it. I don't mind paying for it. It's fun. But it's not a world. And it's not a gaming home. I can be okay with that. I play War Thunder or Armored Warfare, or whatever new comes along. I don't expect much now. Just if it's fun, I will jump in and play.
I just don't want to feel screwed again like I did with Darkfall and more recently with ArcheAge and the $150 Alpha package. Times have changed.
I can't go back to WoW now. It would be like going to a Rolling Stones stadium concert in 2015. A bunch of old people there watching a bunch of old people on stage. No thanks. I will find some new music, or maybe see an old musician in a quiet bar somewhere doing an unplugged.
Just moving on. If there is ever a world again, I will be pleasantly surprised. If not, I will just have fun with what's there. Only bad thing for me is that feeling of distrust toward game developers now. Sad to be cynical about gaming.