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Too Much to See and Do

Posted by BillMurphy Tuesday November 9 2010 at 5:34PM
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I’m fully expecting that quite a few people will read this and think or respond with something along the lines of, “Yeah, there are a lot of games out there, but most of them are absolute crap.”  And those people might be right, in all honesty.  But as a major-fan-nerd-dork of gaming, I can’t help but want to try everything. 

I’m not just talking about MMOs either.  There are roughly a dozen Xbox 360 games I’m wishing I had time to play, that I just don’t.  I may never get around to testing them out, and what’s more is that I just can’t justify buying most games I’d like to try because $60 seems like an awful lot to leave something on my shelf collecting dust. 

But the worst thing?  I work for this site, and I can’t even keep up with all the good stuff I want to see in MMOs.  I may not actively play all the games I’ve once had a subscription to, but I always like to check up on them as new bits and pieces are developed.  But even that’s becoming harder and harder to do.

I feel a little silly complaining about having too much of a good thing, but really that’s what it’s like.  And with games like TOR, Rift, DCUO, JGE, TSW, WoD… need I really keep listing acronyms?  It’s impossible to enjoy them all, but I’ll be damned if I don’t keep trying.

What about you, what game from your past have you not been able to go back and visit?  Or more so, what game have you always wanted to try but never been able to really plug into?

atticusbc writes:

As a college student with not enough money or time I see plenty fly past me. Either I don't have the time to invest in a game, or I can't afford to play, or I need a better rig (which I can't afford) to play. It all ends up the same I guess. As it stands I want to get into EVE but I don't have the time, so right now I'm messing around with LOTRO and some single player games. The only things on the horizon that I'm thinking of allowing myself to try are GW2 and Earthrise and even then I'm going to have to do some serious thinking and rationalizing.

Thu Nov 11 2010 12:08AM Report
kylekbb writes:

Perfect world and BOI are my two. I played and loved them and on boi i was a guild officer loving all of the fun. Then the guild took a down turn when our leader handed it over temporaly and gave it to a prick. After i got him booted he started some bs and made the guild go bad. Then got me expelled for some of the good games for a long time. Now days i just cant bring myself to play that much of it. On PWI someone disbanded mine and its been so long since i lost all my good friends on the game.

Thu Nov 11 2010 7:37AM Report
erictlewis writes:

My xbox 360 is sittin on my tv stand on the bottom row next to my dvd player, the dd player is clean the xbox 360 has an inch of dust on it.  Last game I played was battlestar galactica and boy howdy it was crummy.

Now to answer your other question.  Right now there is no other game on the market that is up and running that I want to try.  I am almost ready to pre order DC uiverse to get a beta key as the past few days my interest has went from 0 to 30%  

Now what game have I not went back too, there are many.   Top on my list is SWG I will never go back personal choice.  AOC i would go back if it were free to play, however I refuse to play that pos game and sub to it.  STO even if it were free to play I will never go back. Me and Cryptic are done.

Well I end this with saying at least your trying hard to do your job, so i give you a thumbs up on that.

Thu Nov 11 2010 9:45AM Report
Sharv writes:

I have been playing Fable 3 recently, but before that I can't actually remember the last time I touched my 360. I just canceled my WoW subscription, and have been casually playing City of Heroes again for a bit, but for the most part there aren't really any games out right now I'm dying to play. I'm looking forward to DCUO and Bioshock: Infinite. Maybe TOR. We'll see. I guess I don't suffer the same affliction you are.

It's not that I have more selective tastes, really. I would enjoy a lot of games out there if I started playing them. I just don't feel the compulsion to actually start playing them.

Thu Nov 11 2010 10:35AM Report
adders666 writes:

been stuck on wow after a foray on other games early this year (EQ2, EVE and champs online) and we just got bane of the lich king (yay) want to try GW2 and DCUO maybe champs again when its free to play also dwarf fortress consumes way too much of my time, i might be able to survive my first goblin siege soon :S

Thu Nov 11 2010 10:58AM Report
bisurge writes:

If you're a picky gamer, there are too little good games out there. Out of all the free FPS in the market right now, for instance, only Crossfire and Alliance of Valiant Arms even comes close to fitting my needs. Out of all the free MMORPGs, I still haven't found one that I will want to stick to for a long period of time (I don't consider Guild Wars free).

Thu Nov 11 2010 11:19AM Report
wahala99 writes:

Well when you said “Yeah, there are a lot of games out there, but most of them are absolute crap." you about summed it up for me.  I get a little bored with WoW now and then and want to try something new and fun.  I just have not been able to find anything.  Maybe some of the games in the works will be good.  If they have a free trial I will try them.

I got caught up in the hype for Warhammer (I loved that british guy ... best salesman I ever saw).  I even dropped WoW and played warhammer for about 9 months.  Just got bored ... went back to WoW about a year (maybe a little moer) ago and am still having fun.

Funny how quality is what keeps me interested.  I mean in MMO years WoW is an old game ... but they keep adding stuff to make it fun.

I quit EvE after 2.5 years after the first day of trial on WoW when I first heard of it (about the time BC came out)  Left 50+ ships and 2 billion isk behind and have never looked back.

It is kinda funny, I am not even smart enough to think up a game (even in a broad sense) that would really excite me.

Maybe I am just getting tired of gaming ......... nah I will buy Catechism anyway. Blizzard has never dissappointed me .... yet.

Yea call me fanboy I don't mind.

Thu Nov 11 2010 12:09PM Report
GozerTC writes: What's funny is after college, you end up with a real job and then a family and while you might have the money to game more, you no longer have the time. :) Right now I'm back in WoW since Cataclysm is coming and my wife loves WoW. I've been messing around in the World of Tanks Beta and now Vindictus but as you can see those are F2P. On the console front both of my consoles see regular use, but not for playing games, but as media servers for my Daughter's cartoons or Netflix. :) Thu Nov 11 2010 12:20PM Report
eye_m writes:

I watch lots of them slip past with little concern as they do, but I do wish I had more time to enjoy a couple mmo's instead of just one.

Thu Nov 11 2010 12:42PM Report
orionblack writes:

Ummm Fallout New Vegas and fallout 3  are the ones im currently playing ^^ for trying out games before you buy..maybe renting??Used to play Boi alot but ive been absent from it lately. Wanna play Jumpgate when it comes out.

Thu Nov 11 2010 1:20PM Report
powerofcash writes: I don't think people understand the upcoming market shift from commercial rage to indie rage. Rather than sit and be amazed by a big company who can't understand your wants and needs, here come the indies and their range of awesome innovation and games. As a indie hobbyist wanting to go full time developer I look at these articles for information and guidance. Simply put, not every game is crappy and there is a fine line between what is hot but a bowl of crap and what is not and the right stuff for you. Just like people favor ice cream over carrots for a special treat, it doesn't mean the ice cream is perfect or even good at all. People just want it because its called ice cream, and its the same for indie and commercial. Thu Nov 11 2010 2:08PM Report
astoria writes:

I am always mad at myself for not enjoying Age of Conan more. I am a big fan of the lore, the REH books, but I find much of the content time consuming. Hard to pop in and out of or go afk as often as I have to do with my phone ringing like it likes to do.

Thu Nov 11 2010 2:40PM Report
hogscraper writes:

I'm a steam addict. I've bought over 100 games and maybe finished a quarter of those. I bought Supreme Commander 2 last sale they had and quit about 20 minutes in because the graphics were just too bad. Bought Dawn of War 2 and played it until Lead and Gold went on sale and quit playing that when Black Ops came out. CODBO will keep me from paying attention to any MMOs for a while. Been burned too many times.

Tried AOC and quit that when they tried to force me into buying the expansion that came out. Kept getting emails telling me that I needed to put money in an account because my purchase was waiting. Too bad I didn't want it, didn't purchase it and they refused to remove it. Found out if I put money in there it would go to that first before my sub...

Too many crappy experiences with MMOs in the last 2 years have soured me on them. Waiting on SWTOR or Guild Wars 2 maybe before I take my break from FPS games. 

Thu Nov 11 2010 4:43PM Report
AlmightyX writes: Currently playing perpetuum. Good game should keep me occupied till GW2. Waiting for tor but interest has taken a massive dive the last year. If I had more time I'd go back to my creep in lotro pvmp. Its unfortunate monster play is not part of the f2p they have now. I was stupid not to get a life sub at launch, simply cause I never thought i'd be playing it that long (off and on a few mths over the last 2-3 years). Its hard to commit time let alone money long term to any mmos today. Given their track record we've suffered through lately. Ideally if I had the time I would also play my new ps3 more (ufc etc). Thu Nov 11 2010 9:13PM Report
Ithi writes:

My first (and best) gaming experience was Star Wars Galaxies in its best days (Pre-Cu).  After the NGE travesty, I stopped playing it out of protest.  I gave it one more try and retired from the field when I found it totally raped and unrecognizable from the game I had loved.

Since then, I have tried many MMO's.  Like quite a few of the posters here, I have found disappointment in subsequent games.  I am still trying to find that great mix of open world, freedom to adventure, wonderful community, and lots of things to do that I first enjoyed.  Long and short, Bill, I have not found an oversupply of games that I just cannot wait to play, sigh.

Waiting for Guild Wars 2.

Sat Nov 13 2010 9:14AM Report
Gikku writes:

I began with Diablo and moved on to EQ then played D2 when it finally came out on maintance days(lol) then on to WoW then LoTRO.

I have beta tested and tried many trials of various games: LotRo being one I kept trying each time they had a free trial then got into the beta this last time. Even tried EQ2 various times even since they went f2p.

For my life demands and job schedule I need a game that is not extremely demanding and I don't like PvP so any of those styles I have tried have been thrown aside. LotRo going f2p was a blessing for me. Meeting the needs I have and the community is great so I have found a new home. For now that meets my needs.

I have watched out for D3 but so far it is still in the far distance.

Sat Nov 13 2010 11:37AM Report
Jairoe03 writes:

Shit about every F2P shooter that's popular in todays world. I had to grow up and realize my time is much more limited compared to when I was kid. So I forced myself to pick and choose a specific genre or two and focus on those. Sure I can play other games on a much looser basis from other genres but my issue is that I am very competitve and I want to be at least good/above average in whichever game I play and trying to focus on a select few games rather than all of them allows me to explore my games on a much deeper level. So now its strictly MMO's, popular single player RPG's (i.e. Dragon Age) and slower paced RTS's (no Starcraft 2, more like Total War series, hoping to try out Ruse and Sins of a Solar Empire soon).

Tue Nov 16 2010 12:27PM Report writes:
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