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MMO Dying Dreams...

FirstKnight117FirstKnight117 Member UncommonPosts: 106
When I started playing EQ2 in 2004, I would occasionally see threads like these and snicker. Now, 14 years, a still happy marriage and two kids later, I'm writing the same thing and I guess should be snickering at myself.

Since quitting EQ2 in 2007 or so, I've tried and enjoyed many different MMOs. In my EQ2 days I was involved heavily in a couple of great guilds. I've tried many guilds and MMOs since then, and enjoyed them all to one extent or another. But the last 2-3 years, I've become increasingly listless, nothing satisfies. Or it's more like, I usually play once every 2 weeks or so, sometimes it's once a month. And most weeks I just either play single player games or do other things. In 2004 I had never played in an online game with other people and it was exhilarating, for years even. I stopped reading books, my lifelong passion because I found I could spend countless hours reading up on everything related to EQ2 and eventually other MMOs.

In my admittedly subjective research I see increasing fragmentation in the MMO gaming community. I imagine that's natural due to the genre aging (maturing?) and becoming saturated with many, many more titles than were available in 2004. Not to mention hundreds of thousands of new gamers. It's hard to find that same sense of unity or "new frontier" that was around back then. 

So maybe a question and some advice. I may have already answered my own question: have any of you gone through this and have you ever come back, i.e. really gotten involved in an MMO and guild again? The advice is for new gamers: pace yourself, you don't have to play 10 MMOs at once, and don't give up on other things just because MMOs (and gaming) can be time consuming beasts. :-)

My two coppers.

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  • MusaM8MusaM8 Member CommonPosts: 1
    I started playing MMOs around that time as well, and have played so many over the years. I was captivated by the huge and exciting new worlds, but I too started enjoying it less after some years. I guess my passion for MMOs started leaving me about when the Cataclysm expansion released for WoW, and never really came back.

    I sorely miss the time when I could hop onto almost any MMO and enjoy myself, and every so often I find myself reinstalling some of them and play for a while, but it's never the same...

    I think it's mostly a mix of growing up, and having so much experience with various games that you rarely find something you haven't experienced before. And when you get older you often have more responsibility, so it sort of takes you away from the game and breaks immersion.
  • Loke666Loke666 Member EpicPosts: 21,441
    I have to admit that I don't get that much involved in MMOs anymore. I still take a few weeks for dedicated playing when a new expansion hits but I don't even bother taking a week or 2 vacation when they come out.

    Partly it is me, I just don't have as much spare time anymore. Partly it is the game, they are focusing on short term fun nowadays and playing a lot isn't really that fun in a game like that. Long term fun is very important for captivating people that much.

    And yes, pacing is of course a good idea. Don't play more then you can, if you constantly go to work or school tired because of a game you probably should relax a bit. Then again, it is your life and telling someone to not do mistakes I done myself is a bit hypocritical. ;)

    I started back in 1996 myself (M59), got 5 1/2 years in EQ2 myself but my interest in the game started to fade pretty fast around 2007-2008 and I mostly played the last 1 1/2 years because my friends did.
  • AAAMEOWAAAMEOW Member UncommonPosts: 835
    I really just stopped playing mmorpg because it is too time consuming.  I started playing other genre of games which take less time.
    Hulluck
  • HulluckHulluck Member UncommonPosts: 824
    edited January 2018
    Massive time sinks, loosing interest which happens a lot in life, and life changes.  I don't miss it one bit. Lot of it was fun but also an aggravation at times.  A lot of people look back with rose tinted glasses. Whether they admit it or not. I don't honestly miss the genre at all. I don't play pc games to often anymore. I do consume online content though.

    As far as games go I find myself playing dragonsoul, Android /IOS.  This is not a plug.   Not because it's quick satisfaction, it's not. The amount of time required to get heroes promoted ect can take forever! Certainly so if one doesn't spend money. I'm going on close to two years I bet and no Cyan promoted heroes yet. though I am close. Which basically means I don't spend much money at all.

    I like it because it does not require a lot of in game time. But it has hero development or rather pet development I guess is the way I see it.  I'm kind of shocked just how long I have stuck with it. Never stuck with any other android game for more than a few weeks. Dead serious. I've thought about it a few times.  Not 100% sure why I am hooked. If I had to guess it would be because I see the heroes as pets? I always liked pet systems. Not needing to be online 8+hours a day to accomplish some small carrot on a stick is probably a good reason as well. Then to log on the next day and start working on the next carrot which makes the previous obsolete.  Basically I got older and rather spend time doing something else. So again time. Games for me are time killers when I have NOTHING ELSE to do. 
    Cryomatrix
  • CryomatrixCryomatrix Member EpicPosts: 2,344
    I stopped playing MMO's because the novelty has worn off and they don't have any real innovation to create a new novelty-like feeling. I also barely have any time with an 60-80 hour a week job + wife/kid. 

    Cryomatrix
  • ArChWindArChWind Member UncommonPosts: 1,313
    I played EQ2 from release to this last year. I really loved the game up to the last expansion where it became more work than I had time for since I would have to go back to cover a lot of ground I missed beings I played solo and missed the epic time line.

    After Feb 2017 I started doing other things and found a lot more interesting hobbies to take the place of MMO gaming. I come around maybe once every couple months just to see the board and who is still left.
  • MaxBaconMaxBacon Member EpicPosts: 6,685
    MMO's as that classic thing as the past decades, seem to be dying yes.

    But that's not a bad thing because for most cases, we've been getting a milk copy/paste of that type of MMO for over a decade now, and I think the genre needs to widen up to new types of persistent online play that is far more captivating.
  • LillyByteLillyByte Member CommonPosts: 11
    I stopped playing MMO's when they all started turning into WoW. The sandbox-ish MMO I used to love with quaint graphics that kickstarted the imagination have all been replaced by grind fests which are all about the grind and siphoning $ to reduce the grind from players.
     
    I still have that craving for the old school MMO.
     
    As a content developer, I'm looking at trying to realize that dream for myself by developing my own. Because dammit, if I wait for someone else to do it, it's not going to happen.
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