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Reasons People Play Games and MMORPGs

cantankerousmagecantankerousmage Member UncommonPosts: 992
edited April 2017 in The Pub at MMORPG.COM
Fun

Socializing

Challenge

Escape - Bored with their everyday lives, stressed, etc.

Travel to Imaginary Worlds or Visit Places they aren't willing or able to visit in real life

Experience Life as Someone Else

to Feel Powerful - a lot of people these days might feel powerless in their real lives

Just to Pass Time

Read Stories While Playing

Reasonably Cheap Entertainment

Addicted

Feeling of Being Rewarded for Effort

Keeps You Busy (and possibly out of trouble)

Replacement for Another Hobby


As for World of Warcraft and its many clones and imitators with different bells and whistles:  Believe it or not, some people seem to enjoy endlessly spinning on a hamster wheel grind ladder.  Pretty much just gaining power for the sake of power or to kill other player-characters sometimes.  Whoever invented endgame raiding was a sadist.


IT'S BETTER THAN WATCHING TV.  Most of the time.  Usually.
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  • DMKanoDMKano Member LegendaryPosts: 18,877
    edited April 2017
    It's a way to pass time, that's what everything boils down to.

    We can give whatever meaning to our actions - but in the end, we're just passing time.

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  • ScorchienScorchien Member EpicPosts: 5,331
    edited April 2017


    DMKano said:


    It's a way to pass time, that's what everything boils down to.

    We can give whatever meaning to our actions - but in the end, we're just passing time.





    My God , who would of ever thought that , this is so profound , thx you for enlightening us ..I mean its brilliant ..

      I never looked at the world this way ..
     
      When i drive to the store.. Im passing time
      
      When i go to the grocery store ... im passing time..

      When i cook my dinner .. im passing time

      When i shit ... im passing time ..

      When i watch Tv ..... Im passing Time

      When i play a game... im passing time

      This all never occured to me ..   Thx for ,This man , for clearing this up ....

      Dam this time thing blows my mind .. Its always passing ...

        I mean people would never play games to have fun while time is passing .. that would be silly .. They do it to actually pass the time .. Not that time wouldnt pass any way .. This is all so refreshing ..
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  • cantankerousmagecantankerousmage Member UncommonPosts: 992

    DMKano said:

    It's a way to pass time, that's what everything boils down to.

    We can give whatever meaning to our actions - but in the end, we're just passing time.



    I know what you mean.  I have played games for that reason in the past.  Kind of sucks when you put it that way though.  Still, I will add it to the list.
  • ConstantineMerusConstantineMerus Member EpicPosts: 1,921
    I play MMORPGs because I like to experience different (virtual) worlds in differrent roles. 

    I play video games for the story and the challenge. 

    I do nothing in my life just to pass the time. Time is a finite resource and I just don't fuck it. If I just wanted to pass the time, it didn't matter what I did. I could play any game or do crack. Maybe my life as a whole in the universe doesn't have a meaning. But for me, and others are in contact with me, my actions have meaning. 

    To prove this , sometimes people ask me "what do you mean by doing this?" then I explain, then they go "oh, wow!!" ;)
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  • cantankerousmagecantankerousmage Member UncommonPosts: 992

    Scorchien said:




    DMKano said:



    It's a way to pass time, that's what everything boils down to.

    We can give whatever meaning to our actions - but in the end, we're just passing time.







    My God , who would of ever thought that , this is so profound , thx you for enlightening us ..I mean its brilliant ..

      I never looked at the world this way ..
     
      When i drive to the store.. Im passing time
      
      When i go to the grocery store ... im passing time..

      When i cook my dinner .. im passing time

      When i shit ... im passing time ..

      When i watch Tv ..... Im passing Time

      When i play a game... im passing time

      This all never occured to me ..   Thx for ,This man , for clearing this up ....

      Dam this time thing blows my mind .. Its always passing ...

        I mean people would never play games to have fun while time is passing .. that would be silly .. They do it to actually pass the time .. Not that time wouldnt pass any way .. This is all so refreshing ..


    I'm glad you don't have anything better to do than to mock me.  Thank you for passing your time in this thread. 
  • cantankerousmagecantankerousmage Member UncommonPosts: 992


    I play MMORPGs because I like to experience different (virtual) worlds in differrent roles. 

    I play video games for the story and the challenge. 

    I do nothing in my life just to pass the time. Time is a finite resource and I just don't fuck it. If I just wanted to pass the time, it didn't matter what I did. I could play any game or do crack. Maybe my life as a whole in the universe doesn't have a meaning. But for me, and others are in contact with me, my actions have meaning. 

    To prove this , sometimes people ask me "what do you mean by doing this?" then I explain, then they go "oh, wow!!" ;)

    That's true.  Most of us probably want to do something we enjoy while we're passing time.
  • EldurianEldurian Member EpicPosts: 2,736
    Because 15$ a month for unlimited entertainment is one of the cheapest hobbies in existence. 
  • DeadSpockDeadSpock Member UncommonPosts: 287
    Personally I'm an addict. 
    My first mmorpg was FF11 and ever since played every mmorpg there is. Only issue I have now is time cause before mmorpg I use to beat every game I played but since got introduced to mmorpg can only count a couple I beat. Have many games on PS4/Vita and Steam but still mmorpg hop most of the nights.
  • RaquisRaquis Member UncommonPosts: 882

    DMKano said:

    It's a way to pass time, that's what everything boils down to.

    We can give whatever meaning to our actions - but in the end, we're just passing time.


    there is a reason you are on earth you are not here just to pass time.
    make a choice what you are going to live for.
  • cantankerousmagecantankerousmage Member UncommonPosts: 992

    Raquis said:



    DMKano said:


    It's a way to pass time, that's what everything boils down to.

    We can give whatever meaning to our actions - but in the end, we're just passing time.



    there is a reason you are on earth you are not here just to pass time.
    make a choice what you are going to live for.


    I wholeheartedly agree with that statement.  And I am still adding things to the list that I didn't think of when I started this thread. 
  • cantankerousmagecantankerousmage Member UncommonPosts: 992

    Eldurian said:

    Because 15$ a month for unlimited entertainment is one of the cheapest hobbies in existence. 


    True enough.  And I would much rather play a subscription game without a cash shop than any other kind of mmorpg.  I hate free-to-play.  I hate cash shops.  If a game can't survive on subscriptions alone, maybe that just means that game isn't very good and cannot attract enough customers.
  • GeekGearZoneGeekGearZone Member CommonPosts: 2
    And people play video games because video games give an endless amount of constant dopamine. But MMORPG'S are different, because you have to work for things, and it doesn't really mess up your reward circuitry. But still uses up a lot of time.
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  • cantankerousmagecantankerousmage Member UncommonPosts: 992


    And people play video games because video games give an endless amount of constant dopamine. But MMORPG'S are different, because you have to work for things, and it doesn't really mess up your reward circuitry. But still uses up a lot of time.

    Yes.  I will add Feeling of Being Rewarded for Effort and Keeps You Busy.
  • TsiyaTsiya Member UncommonPosts: 259
    I ran out of room for more books? MMO's pretty much replaced my reading addiction.

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  • cantankerousmagecantankerousmage Member UncommonPosts: 992

    Tsiya said:

    I ran out of room for more books? MMO's pretty much replaced my reading addiction.


    Yes, really good novels that I enjoy aren't all that common.  I can always read more about history and current events though.  Or any given subject.  Hard to know everything there is to know about this world.
  • 13thBen13thBen Member UncommonPosts: 120
    Playing to leave the real world behind
  • cameltosiscameltosis Member EpicPosts: 2,123

    Raquis said:



    DMKano said:


    It's a way to pass time, that's what everything boils down to.

    We can give whatever meaning to our actions - but in the end, we're just passing time.



    there is a reason you are on earth you are not here just to pass time.
    make a choice what you are going to live for.


    This is a bit spiritual, but I believe there is no reason we are here, it's merely an accident of nature. So, you have to give yourself a reason to live and "just passing time" is as equally valid a reason as anything else. I personally haven't found my raison d'etre yet and so choose to spend my spare time attempting to have fun and be happy. 

  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard Member LegendaryPosts: 7,504
    My opinion is that if the reason behind you, as someone non professional doing it during your leisure time for no real life money reward, playing games is anything other than "having fun", you need to see a doctor.
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    After many years of reading Internet forums, there's no doubt that nor does the ability to write.
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  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member EpicPosts: 7,489




    Raquis said:





    DMKano said:



    It's a way to pass time, that's what everything boils down to.

    We can give whatever meaning to our actions - but in the end, we're just passing time.




    there is a reason you are on earth you are not here just to pass time.
    make a choice what you are going to live for.




    This is a bit spiritual, but I believe there is no reason we are here, it's merely an accident of nature. So, you have to give yourself a reason to live and "just passing time" is as equally valid a reason as anything else. I personally haven't found my raison d'etre yet and so choose to spend my spare time attempting to have fun and be happy. 



    I really think life is too elaborate to be an accident.  Like space is too big for us to be the only ones here.  

    I play games mostly to have fun and to explore the world someone created.  I seldom play just because I have a few free hours open.  Passing time is more of a side effect of gaming then a focus.
    “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”  ― Haruki Murakami
  • redneckgamerredneckgamer Member UncommonPosts: 52
    I mostly just use it as a stress release, I enjoy socializing sometimes, especially with the friends i have made in my guilds.  but sometimes i just log in to kinda zone out and forget about the stress of the day for a little while. 
  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member EpicPosts: 7,489


    I mostly just use it as a stress release, I enjoy socializing sometimes, especially with the friends i have made in my guilds.  but sometimes i just log in to kinda zone out and forget about the stress of the day for a little while. 


    There is nothing like meeting a group of players and having an awesome adventure together.
    “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”  ― Haruki Murakami
  • rodingorodingo Member RarePosts: 2,857
    For me I think it's a habit/way of life that has been a part of me since the late 70's.  Kind of too late to change or do anything about it now.

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  • cantankerousmagecantankerousmage Member UncommonPosts: 992
    edited May 2017
    As for myself, I mostly play games to have fun.

    However, there are certain requirements a game must meet in order for it to be truly fun for me.

    #1, and most importantly, it must be challenging.

    There are two essential factors I am looking for at this time in this regard.

    1. Realism = Challenging
         a. Logic = Realism

    2. Fair and Balanced Competition = Challenging

    Now, more specifically, I play MMORPGs (and have played pencil-and-paper rpgs in the past) because I want to experience what it's like to live in a fantasy world.  Such as Middle Earth, or the world of a Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones).  Or what it was like to live in Medieval Europe.  Or Feudal Japan. 

    Of course, I know there are limits.  But I would like to experience a fantasy world or a historical setting that is as realistic as it is humanly possible to code.

    I already experienced what it's like to play an unrealistic adventure game when I played The Legend of Zelda on my 8-bit Nintendo system at the age of nine back in 1986.  And I already experienced what it's like to play a unrealistic, so-called role-playing game when I played Final Fantasy II on Super Nintendo at the age of fourteen back in 1991.
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  • TillerTiller Member EpicPosts: 7,003
    edited May 2017
    World of Warcraft clones lol

    I get it, because WoW was the first MMO. xD
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  • cantankerousmagecantankerousmage Member UncommonPosts: 992

    Tiller said:

    World of Warcraft clones lol

    I get it, because WoW was the first MMO. xD


    No, World of Warcrap is just Everkill Reloaded.
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