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Massive Multiplayer Online games take a massive amount of people to play. Are you one of them? If not, what would it take to get you into this massive online world?
I wouldn't say that I play MMOs, but I've dabbled. In fact, I'd really like to get into an MMO, but it's never worked out. I played a bit of EverQuest back during the height of its power, but my interest in the game only lasted about a week. When World of Warcraft release I tried again, but I only made it to about level 30 before abandoning my quest. Star Wars The Old Republic was another game that I wanted to dig into, but a few months after the games release I realized that I was paying for a game that I never played.
It's not that I don't think these games were good, or even that I didn't like what I played. In fact, I remember enjoying each one when I first played them. The problem is that I'm a terrible monogamist (monogamerist?). MMOs are a massive time sink and I really don't have the time to pour into them. I really love to play every game I can. I love RPGs, and shooters, and platformers, and strategy titles, and etc. So the idea of being tied to one game while a new BioShock, or Mario, or Assassin's Creed is releasing starts to make me feel a little tense.
Does anyone else feel like this? Do you play MMOs? What kinds do you prefer? Do you play free-to-play MMOs or do you think subscriptions games are better?
If you don't play, what's holing you back, and what would it take to get you into an MMO?
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I used to play MMO's religiously, but have slowed down the past few years. Some of my most played MMO's have been Everquest (5+ years), Asheron's Call 2 (played from serves start to shutdown), Tabula Rasa (server start to shutdown), EVE Online (4+ years), Anarchy Online (5+ years), and of course WoW (on and off since it released). I do want to get back into MMO's, and am waiting for TES Online.
I loved playing MMOs when I had a computer. Now, playing them on consoles just doesn't feel the same. I still try to play them here and there but I would be way more into it if I had a keyboard and a mouse at my fingertips. Plus, the market is so flooded with MMOs now that they all feel watered down and similar. I have no real motivation to start playing them because they usually take such a large commitment to actually be good and no matter how hard I will try I will never be as good as the top million percent of players. Maybe I'm just a single player snob but I don't get the same enjoyment out of a great MMO than I do with a great single player game.
I'm not really into MMO's, but I did play World of Warcraft for a while, back in 2009. It was fun, but I just go bored of it shortly after Cataclysm launched. I tried Dungeons & Dragons, and Lord of the Rings Online, but couldn't get into either. So I went back to playing my good ole console games. I am very much looking forward to The Elder Scrolls Online though, hopefully I'll find it fun for long enough to keep playing well after it's been released.
I do, looking forward to the newest ones
The idea of actual real players being in the world with me instead of mindless npc's is cool, (only minor negative I have with Elder Scrolls) but otherwise I just don't like the current concept of being so focused on groups. If I do any team ups I'd rather them happen organically rather than forming parties for a raid. I'd want good "lone wolf" gameplay (which generally means going to Elder Scrolls).
The monthly subscription after purchasing a game sounds insane to me as well. How someone can justify purchasing something like WOW just so they can then pay a subscription is beyond me. Besides, I just don't play any single game long enough to justify the ongoing expense. If I play a game for several years then it'll eventually get to being only a couple hours per month at most.
I have never actually played one myself..I would like to get into maybe Guild wars 2 because its a one time buy,but I hate the idea of a subscription for a game,I like to not be tied down to only one game with a constant amount of money being thrown at it,but something like warframe and GW2 seem very interesting to me.
I have never played an MMO. I have TOR on my PC and want to check it out, but haven't yet. I don't ever see myself paying a subscription fee for a game, so my only option would be F2P.