It's been a while since I posted a blog and that is due to my recent loss of interest in online gaming. It's not so much because online games aren't cutting it, but I've tried every game worth trying and am so very tired of the offerings on the table right now.
As a gamer I enjoy being delighted by games new and old and over time I have found my own personal gaming gems and stuck with them. One game that held me for 6 years was Diablo 2/LoD. I spent many summers enjoying that game until there was nothing left. I even made a brief comeback last year just to see how things were going in the world of Sanctuary. As with most good things though, my enjoyment of Diablo 2 came to an end when I realized I'd done everything I ever wanted to do in that game.
The same goes for many MMOGs I have played in my lifetime. I haven't achieved every goal or participated in every event I wanted to in most of these games but have found that I got what I put into it, no matter how big or small the contribution.
So what does one do when the well of seemingly infinite games dries up? We drift into what I like to call the "Gamer's Depression." Whether it's real or not I believe that when you run out of things to enjoy you can fall into a sort of depression that in turn can affect you in real-life. It may not be serious for some people but can definitely turn your average happy-go-lucky player into a pile of mush. Gaming is serious business for some people and it often occupies a lot of their time. I find that when I am not doing something productive I am playing a game but when that element of my life is no longer fun I have all this time to waste. One thing I hate more than a lack of games to fulfill my gaming life is wasting time doing nothing.
Lately this has become a major problem for me. I've found my spare time spent sitting staring at my monitor, hoping that there's something out there I've not touched, something I can discover to give me that feeling of having the time of my life again, but of course it never happens. Instead I search the same websites over and over only to find the same nonsense I've been seeing for months. No new games, no fun to be had.
This year, in my opinion, has been one of the worst for MMOs being released. There's been nothing particularly new and exciting and most games that have been released have left a bad taste in my mouth. Mainly this is because most of these games are Asian grindfests that have little to no meaning to anyone anymore. The summer thus far has been the worst one for me so far. All we've been getting are teasers for games that won't see the light of day until next year and even then nobody can be sure of when they'll arrive. Even some games that are being shown off to look practically finished don't have any release dates and this has been majorly frustrating for me.
There may be hope though. With Champions Online and Aion due out in September you can be sure that I will be right in there attempting to have a good time.