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Do you think and analyse before investing time and money on an MMO?

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  • UngoodUngood Member EpicPosts: 2,757
    lahnmir said:
    Reading too much about games up front ruins the experience rather often, for me that is.

    So I go in with as little info as possible. That way the experience is always fresh. Sometimes that means I get burned yes but I prefer it that way.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
    YA know.. Steam should offer a Game Roulette option, where every week you get a new game downloaded to your system to play.. and at the end of the week, you check box if you want to play this game again.. or Nahh. 

    And it uses that data to sort future games for you.. so eventually as the weeks go by, they use this algorithm to start to presort games, o you get more games that you enjoy as you wean your way through the suckage.

  • PhryPhry Member LegendaryPosts: 10,835
    It depends on how much the game costs, if its a AAA game then yeah, youtube reviews, lets plays, the works, before i buy, or try if there is a free trial of some kind. I don't have time to play 'all' the games that are coming out these days, i am still playing Division 2 when i can after all, between BDO, FFXIV and occasionally, Eve Online. So a game really has to score big and not be laden down with red flags before i consider it, which is why Anthem never made it on my 'try' list nor did ME:Andromeda, FO76, Sea of Thieves or Atlas, so many dodged bullets!  i am practically Neo!  :p
  • lahnmirlahnmir Member EpicPosts: 2,759
    Ungood said:
    lahnmir said:
    Reading too much about games up front ruins the experience rather often, for me that is.

    So I go in with as little info as possible. That way the experience is always fresh. Sometimes that means I get burned yes but I prefer it that way.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
    YA know.. Steam should offer a Game Roulette option, where every week you get a new game downloaded to your system to play.. and at the end of the week, you check box if you want to play this game again.. or Nahh. 

    And it uses that data to sort future games for you.. so eventually as the weeks go by, they use this algorithm to start to presort games, o you get more games that you enjoy as you wean your way through the suckage.

    You know Steam is actually working on this right? Not the roulette function but the algorithm,  to predict and show specific games you might like based on previous games bought, time played, preference for AAA or Indie etc.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
    Ungood
    'the only way he could nail it any better is if he used a cross.'

    Kyleran on yours sincerely 


    But there are many. You can play them entirely solo, and even offline. Also, you are wrong by default.

    Ikcin in response to yours sincerely debating whether or not single-player offline MMOs exist...
  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 26,972
    kitarad said:
    Sovrath said:


    So how do you do it?


    I don't really expect games to be anything other than what they are. I don't expect them to last forever, I don't expect that there will be any guarantees that I will like it the entire time.

    If the aesthetics are decent, the world decent I'll give it a shot. If I find that I am enjoying myself I continue. If not then I don't play anymore.

    I don't really believe in being "burned" by a video game. How is that even possible? They aren't that expensive and if one finds the cost a bit challenging then one must deal with that first and foremost.

    As far as my time, again, if I'm enjoying myself then time well spent. If not then I do something else.

    There are no guarantees in life and I certainly don't expect a bit of entertainment to be anything other than it is. Key word is "expect." If the game is really that amazing then bonus. If not then no skin off my nose.
    The cost isn't the how much the game is priced at or even subs but costs in time. That is something I can ill afford which is why I am a little hesitant to invest in some games.

    There are games where to get to the enjoyable part you have to take part in the not so enjoyable part. So not always the question of 'enjoying yourself' either.
    Then I wouldn't play it. we all have a certain level of agency in our lives. If I couldn't find any enjoyment until I got to some sort of "end" then the game wouldn't even be on my hard drive.

    And for me, time is more important than money. I value my time more than I value money. so if a game is wasting my time then I'd stop.

    Life is hard enough without us making it harder for ourselves.



  • AmatheAmathe Member LegendaryPosts: 5,560
    Sometimes picking games is like getting married.

    My first marriage (right after college) was to someone I had known since 6th grade. Length of marriage - 5 years.

    My second marriage was to someone I met and dated for only 2 months. Length of marriage - 21 years and counting.

    So you plan and you plan, and you analyze and analyze - but in the end you roll the dice and take your chances.




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    EQ1, EQ2, SWG, SWTOR, GW, GW2 CoH, CoV, FFXI, WoW, CO, War,TSW and a slew of free trials and beta tests

  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 12,786
    I do some of that but in the end nothing beats first hand knowledge. If they have a free trail,that's great, but if they don't and I buy it and dump it after a month I'm only out less than a night out... no biggie.
    SovrathKyleranAlBQuirky
    “Microtransactions? In a single player role-playing game? Are you nuts?” 
    ― CD PROJEKT RED
  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Member EpicPosts: 5,354
    Iselin said:
    I do some of that but in the end nothing beats first hand knowledge. If they have a free trail,that's great, but if they don't and I buy it and dump it after a month I'm only out less than a night out... no biggie.
    I agree, but that's tough to do. I will never be able to personally try everything that catches my eye. Some games just do not due to features or lack of features. I'm fairly picky with the features I look for. I may miss some good games, but I don't mind ;)
    Kyleran

    - Al

    Personally the only modern MMORPG trend that annoys me is the idea that MMOs need to be designed in a way to attract people who don't actually like MMOs. Which to me makes about as much sense as someone trying to figure out a way to get vegetarians to eat at their steakhouse.
    - FARGIN_WAR

  • UngoodUngood Member EpicPosts: 2,757
    lahnmir said:
    Ungood said:
    lahnmir said:
    Reading too much about games up front ruins the experience rather often, for me that is.

    So I go in with as little info as possible. That way the experience is always fresh. Sometimes that means I get burned yes but I prefer it that way.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
    YA know.. Steam should offer a Game Roulette option, where every week you get a new game downloaded to your system to play.. and at the end of the week, you check box if you want to play this game again.. or Nahh. 

    And it uses that data to sort future games for you.. so eventually as the weeks go by, they use this algorithm to start to presort games, o you get more games that you enjoy as you wean your way through the suckage.

    You know Steam is actually working on this right? Not the roulette function but the algorithm,  to predict and show specific games you might like based on previous games bought, time played, preference for AAA or Indie etc.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
    I did not, but it make sense they would do that, as that is just good marketing, and with internet it would be just poor form to track your clients spending to better serve them, as a lot of other companies do the same thing.. hence why stores have "club reward cards" so they can track what you buy to allow them to sell you more of it.
  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid Member EpicPosts: 9,994
    If i didn't i would be playing Anthem right now. So yes, i carefully research before paying for games. I have blindly paid for some games in the past, i got lucky with some while others taught me to never do it again.




  • foppoteefoppotee Member UncommonPosts: 159
    I try to do proper research prior to playing a game to learn if I think I'll like it long term.  I prefer to invest my time into a game before investing any money, but that depends upon the game & how it is being released.  I've never paid for Early Access neither nor do I plan to.  Even after playing a game for a lengthy time it serves one well to analyse whether if the cost is still worth the hopeful fun it is adding then deciding to continue or discard it.  
  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Member EpicPosts: 5,354
    There is another aspect I consider before buying games: Rewarding the game maker. If a game has elements that are "just wrong" in my opinion, I will not reward their decisions by purchasing the game.

    I've missed some interesting looking games because of this ;)

    - Al

    Personally the only modern MMORPG trend that annoys me is the idea that MMOs need to be designed in a way to attract people who don't actually like MMOs. Which to me makes about as much sense as someone trying to figure out a way to get vegetarians to eat at their steakhouse.
    - FARGIN_WAR

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