As I continue my step away from MMOs for a while. I am back on the conventional gaming track to remember what the joy of all this game stuff is about.
As much as I like computer games and MMOs and console games etc. etc. I still maintain that RPGs and getting together with a group of friends for a night of D&D or Warhammer is really where the soul of gaming exists.
There are so few game stores left in the world and visting one on a Saturday afternoon is still fun for me 30 years later from the first time I went. Sure there are tables set up to play and gamers are either deep in a rules book or arguing across the board. There is a pulse here though, there is an atmosphere that I have yet to see captured in an MMO.
As I get older, I wonder if other people still get this joy out of a trip to the game store. Is it the artwork, the new games, the chance to play in front of an audience while people shop and order pizza from right next door?
As much as MMO can bring us together as gamers, there is still something great about going to a game store and hanging out on a Saturday afternoon. Playing wargames or RPGs and trying out new ideas. I wonder if video game developers ever make this journey for some inspiration. I know just recently Blizzard had mentioned that part of their success is the fact that their staff are truly passionate gamers and even if a game comes from the competition, they are excited to play and try new things.
So if you are feeling stuck in on your PC as the weather gets colder, why not try a Saturday down at the game store? It might be just what you need and give a great perspective on where the soul of gaming got its start.