I seem to have fallen off the fantasy MMORPG wagon once again. This seems to happen every so often.
I stopped playing WoW a couple months after the Legion expansion hit. My Winter foray into EverQuest II kept my interest for about a month, which seems to about par for the course. I poked my nose into Lord of the Rings Online long enough to buy the level 95 Blessing of the Valar upgrade.
That got me a pile of stuff and whisked me off into a different place where I met up with Eowyn.
However I soon lost interest there. Well, “lost interest” might imply I logged in again after that, and I did not. Of course, I might have been influenced by wanting to start out on something only to be hamstrung by the legendary weapon system. I had to choose a weapon, which I then received. But you cannot just use the weapon yet. You have to find the special NPC to identify it and then choose a bonus and then something else. I forget. I am sure, as with every aspect of every MMO, that legendary weapons are somebody’s favorite part of LOTRO. But it ain’t mine. I just wanted to grab it and run not worry about reforging.
So that fell apart. I might go back, but the fact that I haven’t felt any need to do so for a couple weeks is pretty telling.
At some point in the last few weeks… erm, months… I also made a RuneScape account, played for a couple of hours, then never went back.
The fantasy MMORPG thing just isn’t holding me at the moment. But the habit of at least the last decade and a half… or more if you count the TorilMUD, in which case we start to reach back past 20 years… makes something inside of me think something is missing if I am not playing one.
So my eye wanders down the list of possible other choices. Do I try out The Elder Scrolls Online, which just added in housing and seems to be doing well enough to be secure? Do I give GuildWars 2 another try? Is there something still in Rift that I might enjoy? Is it time to start digging into Project: Gorgon yet? What titles on my 2017 MMO Outlook post are even live yet?
But should I bother.
EVE Online doesn’t fill that niche for me certainly. But I continue to play Minecraft, which does much to fill the world and building and housing drive I might have. And right now Pokemon Sun seems to have a lock on the RPG… or maybe just the collecting and achievement… aspect.
And there is also something I will call “virtual world weariness” in me that feels the essential sameness of all of these games so that they blur together into a gray, uninteresting mass. It might be time for a longer break from such games.