You will note that there are no single player games on the list. I don’t actually spend that much time playing what one might call the traditional, non-networked, video games, as my five year Raptr list would certainly attest. I do play other games, but not to the extent that I do MMOs. So while I played some Defense Grid 2 and Elite: Dangerous, and a few other titles, the time spent on those was nowhere near the time spent with games on the chart.
Likewise, I supposed I could list iOS games I played on the iPad. But those are almost a different context of gaming. I pop in and spend a couple minutes with DragonVale or Candy Crush Saga or Neko Atsume when sitting on the couch or in bed before I turn out the lights. It isn’t really the same. Those are like little snacks when we’re talking about full meals. MMOs are the full meal around here.
So, now that we have narrowed it down, what did I play?
Well, EVE Online is no surprise. It is the only MMO I played consistently throughout 2015. And I wasn’t just docked up doing the skill training thing. One of the reasons I liked to get on a kill mail now and again is that it shows I have been undocked and active. So you can see my chart from 2015 for New Eden.
In a lot of ways kill mails are deceptive or misleading. As I noted in the past, a positive kill ratio is the norm, since you get counted on every kill mail you assisted on, but losses are only when you blow up. But they do show you’ve been undocked and doing stuff.
World of Warcraft was good for the first half of the year, until the garrison blues got me. I came back for a bit in November by buying a WoW Token with some gold, but all I did was garrison stuff to earn back the money I spent on the WoW Token. It is cool that you can log into the game and reactivate with gold.
I just wasn’t that interested in coming back to play.
Minecraft took over in June and has rolled out through the end of the year. As a game, it is very project oriented, as sandboxes will be. When I have something I want to build, I can spend hours playing. But when I am done, I don’t log in so much.
There were brief runs with EverQuest and EverQuest II, largely due to the nostalgia server thing. Then I played a bit of Diablo III, while lately I have been dabbling in Lord of the Rings Online.
So that was my year in MMOs.
Of course I’ve done charts before, they just tended to be of a bigger scale.
Did anybody else do a chart this year? It seems so: