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.