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I found after getting to the max level in a few mmo's.... it's a complete waste of time/life and that is the most precious thing in one's life.
Sure depending on the mmo it's always fun the first 20 levels but it always gets boring/ repetetive + long for example when your level 80 in EQ2 there is guilds that want you to do raids which take 4 hours, and they do the same thing over and over for months, if not years.
When your simply bored/ fed up quitting the game you can never get your time back, if you want money you could maybe get a 20th of your time back in your char that you sell, yet we still play them!
When people generally ask these kind of questions the answers confuse me - some say that it's because they have a lot of friends on that game which confuses me how does one become someone's friend on the net, months, years of adventuring together makes you their friend?
In Eq2, WoW there's still people playing from 4 years+ back completed all content in all expansions but still there ready for more.... what keeps us/them there playing the same thing over + over doesn't it get boring/ tiresome? Do you guys log in for your friends/ is it drilled into you that you logged all them months so you must carry on logging on. Ofcourse there's always loot/gear/items to get! but at the end of the day its all pixels that is definately not worth wasting all that time to get since no one in their right mind will view you as a " god " or worship you cos you have uber items in your inventory :P
I know they carry on making content for all games, but the added content is so similar to the game itself you will only notice a difference every 2 years.
I know 1 good answer would be what else would you do with your time, but I'm sure there's many things out there for us to do that's better than playing these games and I know that's totally subjective to what the person likes doing theirselves but I believe that everyone can find something more enjoyable then mmorpg's!
Add your thoughts please... it would be interesting to view the answers, I'm not attacking any person just curious what gives the motivation of these massive timesinks! I would totally understand if there was a mmorpg that was perfected - a game that was fun all the time you play it, then that's different your not wasting time if your always having fun but these current games on the market get boring at sometime