Lately I just haven’t felt like playing an MMO. While I really enjoy WoD, I dislike that the first hour or so of every play session is spent working on my garrison. By the time I’m done with them I want to take a break and some days that’s the only time I have to play. Logging in just to do garrisons gets a bit boring. I had this same issue with Pandaria and dailies. I hate logging in JUST to do dailies. It makes game play seem like work and chores. Why do I want to pay $15 a month just to do chores (I don’t).
I had started playing ArcheAge a bit, but just like Rift, there’s something ‘missing’ for me in that game. I can’t pinpoint what it is, maybe it’s the graphics? Maybe it’s the hands off crafting system? Maybe it feels too generic? I have no idea. Whatever it is, even though I have friends playing I just haven’t felt like joining in.
I’m still playing WildStar and having a lot of fun there but again lacking some of my usual desire to log in and play for a few hours each day. Maybe it’s just this time of year? In any case, it’s most certainly a ‘me’ thing and not the fault of the games that I typically enjoy. The only MMO that I have still logged into regularly has been Wurm Online, my sandbox of choice.
Of course I feel a bit guilty not playing an MMO, especially if I’m paying for one. Take EQ2 for example. I purchased a year of subscription on not one but two accounts earlier this year as well as the new expansion, and I have barely even played. Now typically I don’t get all upset about these things because playing games is one of my main hobbies, and that means I have a budget for spending that I stay within, but looking back I have to wonder at my decisions. Maybe in the new year I’ll work on being a bit more thrifty with those game choices.
In any case, I’m still gaming even though I’m not feeling the desire to hop into an MMO. I’m perfectly content playing single player games like The Sims 4 (an update to professions and jobs soon!) and Dragon Age. Maybe it’s just a simple matter that the more hectic my life seems, the more I want to play single player games. I’m sure I’ll be all excited to dive back into MMOs before too long (knowing me, next week or maybe after that Steam sale coming up December 18th).
Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!