MMO’s.. Playing the Consol way


It was only a matter of time, really. Something I’ve noticed more and more as the days count down to other mmo’s being released. Everyone talks about “the good old days” of EQ1. It’s what a lot of gamers base their experiences off of, and how can they not after the length of time and dedication people put into it. I remember camping for three days straight for some mask my rogue wanted, badly. After I got it I was ecstatic. Pretty sure I still have it, too. I remember the community back then, and the friends I met. I look at everyone else reminiscing and I can say “yeah, I remember”.

So what do I attribute the change in gaming to (and yes, I feel as though there is a significant change in things, such as community)? Easy. It feels like everyone now treats mmo’s like the newest consol game. Where you pick it up, test it out for a little while, play it and get as high as you can as fast as you can, and then drop it for another game when it arrives on the shelves. There used to be a stage where you could not “beat” an mmo. Where you always seemed one step away from ‘finishing’ it. I think people feel differently now. You can ‘finish’ the games.

How many people these days talk about ‘when AOC comes out’ or ‘when WAR is released’ or any other mmo that’s going to be on the market in the next little while (those are just the two major ones that come to mind). My group of friends have already split in so many directions as more and more games come out, and people wander off. EQ1 is not the only option any more, not by a long shot. There are people in SWG, EQ, EQ2, WoW, LoTR, EVE, and beta testing for AOC and WAR that I can name right off the top of my head. We’re pulled in so many directions when it comes to gaming choices. How many people these days are only playing ONE mmo exclusively? Only paying one subscription? Sure, there may be a game you only play ‘some times’ or when you’re bored of your ‘main mmo’. But gaming has very much evolved into a form of consol (NOT in the literal sense of the word remember here) where it’s not unheard of for a large number of people to pick up and move on when another comes out.

Is this a bad thing? Well, no. Options for gamers is always a good thing, however, it does make me sad.

With each ‘diversion’ of friends, with each little splitting of a community, you loose a little friendship. A little piece of what we all had back in EQ1. It’s so easy to let go and forget about that guild you hung out with way back when. Sure, you’ll remember them, events you had and the like. It’s not quite the same though. You also meet new people, a good point. The community has still changed those as I’ve grown older. Could it just be age? I suppose so. I hate to appear jagged over events as I am personally only nearing my 6th year if mmos in general, though I played MUDS for three years before that. My dad used to run a BBS and we had a game called ‘hack ‘n slash’ that was a lot of fun. Then I moved on to ‘redemption’, a mud I played for a long time (and also met my fiancee there). From there we both started playing EQ1, then EQ2, WoW, VG. Now there’s talk of WAR and AOC, when those come out.

I could stay playing where I am. The community around me, however, more then likely will not. I don’t think I actually know anyone who will NOT be playing a different mmo in a years time. I guess I just miss the sense of community that I used to know. NOT that the community now is bad, not in any way. No, I’m just saying it’s different, and some times, I miss the way things used to be.

2 Responses to MMO’s.. Playing the Consol way

  1. Openedge1 says:

    Great article…
    And I am afraid…correct.

    It seems that the original play style maybe is what is causing the change. As well, the “casual” gamer has helped garner a “love it and leave it” attitude towards games.

    First, the original MMO style of ” grind, ding, grind some more, craft, raid…etc..” may be getting to the point of “I have already played this” when trying something new. This is happening for me as I work on my Vanguard challenge. It may just be that the starting area’s are not well done. Maybe I have become jaded by finally finding a game that seems to play the way I like (EQ2), and it already has the features I want, and Vanguard is giving me nothing new…

    Second is the “casual” side. A lot of MMO gamers are getting up there in age (except for other titles…whose name we will not mention …(“(But WoW is it colorful…)”) and maybe do not have the time to dedicate to the “3 day” camp. I know if I have camped something for more than an hour, I will either quit the quest and delete it, or give up, and try again hoping the spawn is there….and if not…THEN delete it.!
    Family, work and wanting to see the sun on a regular basis does not lend itself well to a hardcore game.

    Now, put this in the perspective of the new games…we have

    Quick play time – (WAR and their public quests system, AoC and City loafing with bar brawls and quick PvP )
    New play styles (AoC and the combat system, city building, WAR and…hmmm…what is exactly new in WAR?)
    And has some old memories to fall on (WAR and it’s DAoC , WoW feel)

    Now…as for community you mentioned…I have been talking up the games with my guild members, and the consensus is we wish to try them each out and see if one will be a keeper for us…
    But, I know this much…I like what I have, and I always can go back…but, we are also ready for the shiny and new!

  2. Tipa says:

    I’ll still be playing EQ2 in a year!

    What you’re describing is “first MMO” syndrome, and if you think it’s bad now, wait until a million WAR players start reminiscing about the good old days of World of Warcraft. No MMO can ever approach the first one you really enjoyed. I hear it about EQ1, SW:G, UO, Asheron’s Call, and yes, even WoW (go to LotRO for that).

    For me, like you, it was EQ1, and I remember camping the ghoul assassin for my mask of deception as well. In fact, I was WAY below the level to be there — I think I was in my low 20s — and sneaking down there with all those see-invis mobs was terrifying. You had to be both sneaking and swimming, and you just BARELY had enough breath to make it. I waited at the spider and skellie camp (and the people there let me into their group, even though I was so low!) until it dropped for another group and they offered it to the zone. Days of memorizing the map off EQAtlas paid off; I found the place and got my mask.

    See? We all have stories of our first MMO. None come to mind about WoW, but that was far from the first, and the warm spot in my heart had been taken five years before.

    Everyone hates change, but, it’s the one sure thing about life.

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