Found this interesting thread in the discussion forum of the MMORPG I'm awaiting:
So why do you play MMORPGs ?
Personally I dont really know whats my main reason. Theres multiple aspects why I'm attracted to MMORPGs:
1. I cant play a single player game for longer than about 3 months. Then I just cant continue, no matter how good it is. I'm just getting sick of it at this point. But MMORPGs, I can play them for years. The social aspects make that work.
This includes the aspects of crafting, raiding, and other things that wont be present or wont be as well developed in single player games. When Vanguard finished, I had seven maxlevel crafters - one of each trade and a second weapon smith because my new main was on the US server while the rest stayed on the EU server, so I made her a crafter, too.
2. MMORPGs are by design meant to run for years, if not decades. In this amount of time, its possible to refine their rulesystems to such a degree that they offer both complexity and balance. Meaning many different ways to build a viable, i.e. competitive character with a wide array of possible playstyles in each of these builds, thus allowing players with different tastes to enjoy playing such a character longterm.
In Vanguard for example I played Cleric for about four or five years. Even after years I still found new ways of playing. Then the EU server died down, but I didnt want to move my characters, hoping that the EU server would return. So I made a Dread Knight on the US server, and with time she became my new main, simply because it was so much easier to level a Dread Knight than a Cleric (much higher dps, and area of effect attacks). OK even faster leveling was with my Sorcerer but I never felt I was really good at playing my Sorcerer. Offline games only have this if they are based on good pen and paper systems. Namely D&D3. Otherwise their rulesystems will suck.
This of course also massively contributes to why one can play MMORPGs for years.
3. I hate Steam and consoles. MMORPGs are the only way to avoid both of them.
About Steam, its riddiculous to give a company such a monopoly, its riddiculous to give a company such power over your computer (its bad enough Microsoft has this kind of power), and it violates basic principles of computer security (so does the access Microsoft has, but at least theres a good reason for them to have it, which is bugfixes).
And about consoles, its a completely braindead and absurd concept to have a computer for nothing but gaming, if you could spent a little more instead and get a computer thats useable for anything. Nooo thank you. I dont actually hate my money with a passion and feel like throwing it away, thank you very much.
Other than that, theres sometimes games you can still get in a more regular way, but you can no longer buy them in shops, and I dont feel I actually own a game if I dont have the hardware proving it.
Please set a sig so I can read your posting even if somebody "agreed" etc with it. Thanks.