Ok i am going to attempt to use so called "paragraphs" in this post.
Why do we play MMORPG's? When i sit down (hard to think standing up) and think about it, MMORPG's are games full of goals that have no real life meaning or value. On top of this, often time to achieve these goals one must put hundreds of hours into the game. Is it because we have no social life and were made fun of in high school? maybe...i can't speak for everyone. Is it because we are jobless and live at home with our mothers (its Bush's fault the economy sucks, but lets blame it on the French for fun)...sure some of us are, but that can't be the whole reason.
Let me put this in context for you. Here is Manticore (note the creativity of the name), he is a level 70 paladin and has been saving the World...of Warcaft for what is to be three years this April. Manticore has his full T6 ret set and a holy raiding set. Maticore has put six months of his life into this toon, and has finally reached the end game....now what? (fuck i didn't think about that when i started!!!).
Now he starts all over again on a new toon, this time a Warlock. Not only is Manticore quite lonely after spending three years of his life in his basement (wishing that WoW had personals), but he's just a little bit upset that he basically has to give up his big strong pally until a new expansion comes out. Manticore begins to ask himself at Blizzcon after realizing how much his thighs have been chaffing inside his designer plate armor, was it really worth it? Maybe for some people...i mean the time spent having fun and playing the game is what you pay for don't get me wrong, but much of time (at least for me) it seems that to get anything worthwhile accomplishd you need to work more than you play.
This is not quite my point, because obviously people play casually or more hardcore and have a fantastic time, but let me bring up another scenario...EverQuest, my one and only true love.
Back in the day, EQ was the best. My friends and I spent hours playing this game and we finally reached level 70. I probably played this game for at least 3 years. One day i stopped by for a few buffs in PoK in front of the bank, and to my dismay (during peak hours) i noticed that there were a few less enchaters OOCing about tranquility group buffs. I brushed it off as nothing, and went along my daily business slaying monsters in WoS.
As time went by, there were less and less people in PoK during peak hours, and it became harder and harder to find groups. It was then that i came to the grave realization that EQ was slowly dying (i cried). All of the work, time, and money that i spent farming and questing at 4am when i should have been sleeping before school with bloodshot eyes to get to where i was, was now all of the sudden obsolete....it wasn't fair! Suddenly the fact that my druid had all of his runes and spells, or that i had accrewed 100,000 plat was meaningless....
In the end, I still think it was worth it. For some reason i keep getting drawn back into MMORPG's looking for that same awesome feeling i got back in the EQ days grinding out xp. Since then, I have been looking to fill the void...well not like its that dramatic, i bet you thought i was gonna cry didn't you.
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