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Never Really Logging Out

Posted by BillMurphy Tuesday September 21 2010 at 9:13PM
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After today's announcement about Guild Wars 2's Extended Experience on the iPhone, iPad, and Droid devices I'm starting to wonder just when I'm ever going to truly log out of my MMOs.  WoW has its own app for Auction Houseneeds and the like too. I suppose it's only a matter of time before we're not only playing MMOs on our PCs and consoles but on our phones while we're taking the train or bored at work too. 

The only question is, do we need to be that connected?  I'm the first one to admit that I can barely go a day without checking my e-mail or well, viewing this site.  But do I really want the temptation to check up on my guild and auctions and the world I play in to escape real life all day long?  I feel like after eleven years of MMO gaming, six years of college that I've finally gotten a reasonable grasp on my ability to not spend all day on a Saturday logged in.  With stuff like this, I'll suddenly find myself on family vacations checking out what's happening in Tyria while I soak up sun on the beach.

Okay, wait a minute.  This could be good. Let's work the other angle.

I don't know about all of you, but half the time I spend online with any MMO is spent doing the kinds of things that could be handled with an app like the one ArenaNet is crafting.  What if I could take care of all of my MMO "busy work" while I'm on breaks at work or while I'm otherwise too occupied to actually log in.  Then when I do have the time to play the game I could actually spend all my time... you know, playing.

Alienovrlord writes:

I don't want to be offensive but this blog is a perfect example of the kind of mentality of old-school MMO players (and developers)  that has caused the genre to stagnate. 

Your say that this app would be really helpful to let you do the boring "busy work" (aka tedious timesinks) while away from your PC. 

How about making a MMO that doesn't *have* the boring busy work/tedious timesinks in the first place

Arenanet has said they have questioned everything about MMOs and their intent seems to be to fix the myriad of flaws that have existed since UO.     

I don't view this app as a band-aid to flawed, old-school MMO design, but a way to expand the player experience. 

If we're using this app just because we want to avoid doing the same boring timesink garbage that has been in every other MMO ever created, then ArenaNet will have missed their goal IMO.  

Wed Sep 22 2010 3:36PM Report
MumboJumbo writes:

Hmm, looking at mmorpg's there's always a lot of "house-keeping". Big games by necessity lead to this, and it's similar in RL all those bloody lists but they get the job done, in the end.

Looking at apps, I find being able to use Skype, IM or even Pocket Legends MMO really useful to log-in and have a chat with friends at your fingertips. It's the same with txt or email functionality being on such a small gadget is very *cough* handy.

So this makes me think, if I am really, really into GW2, being able to sort out my house-keeping, connect with friends and even idle away looking at stuff on the map etc or maybe playing some of that sumptious in-game music or checking out lore or a bestiary etc etc etc... is just as interesting to me if not more fun than playing other app games or other communication apps that already slot into that niche in my waking hours.

Think it's great idea and may lead to better quality when you actually play and less a nagging feeling of needing to log in.

Sounds promising, especially if I get competitive in PvP and want to check the latest battles or the state of WvW if all this functionality makes the cut.

Wed Sep 22 2010 4:52PM Report
eye_m writes:

I don't need or want to have a way to check in on my MMO's while I'm at work. I don't have a casual job that allows me free time to waste on things of any nature, let alone a videogame.  So it's all good that there can be these tools for people but I for one could care less that they exist at all.  My only hope is that they won't end up being something so beneficial that I end up being disadvantaged because I can't utilize them.

Wed Sep 22 2010 6:28PM Report
Drakonus writes:

To those that are opposed to it my advice is simple, don't...don't download it, don't use it, don't even think about it, just don't...

...and those like the idea..have fun with it, go bonkers with it if you want.

Wed Sep 22 2010 9:06PM Report
Hawklord725 writes:

It's optional.

It's free.

Don't like it? Don't use it. Your lack to trust and skepticism is probably more annoying than those who lack the willpower to stop playing. Personally I shouldn't have to lose options just because there are some people who don't know what self-restraint is. That's their issue and the responsible shouldn't be punished for it.

Wed Sep 22 2010 11:16PM Report
Hluill writes:

~nods to eyelolled~  Neat idea, but it's going to be one more thing to seperate the power gamer from the the casual.  It WILL turn into something necessary for endgame success and all that other malarky. 

So cool, let them game on their phones too.  I have better things to to do with my phone, and my time.

Thu Sep 23 2010 1:48PM Report writes:
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