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  SBFord

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OP  9/19/13 6:48:15 PM#1

There seem to be several common reasons why we play the games we love. In today's Fair Game, we take a look at the most common of those reasons and expound on each a bit. See if you agree with our choices before heading to the comments.

It’s a fair question, given all the time, money, effort and thought we put into playing MMOs, not to mention all the time, money, effort and thought companies put into making them. But it’s not an easy question. For people like me, with our bitter, black misanthropic hearts, it’s a downright difficult question.

So why do we play MMOs? Moreover, with all that’s involved in leveling on just one character, why do so many of us play several MMOs? Well, I’ve looked around me a bit and come up with a few possible answers to that.

Read more of Lisa Jonte's Fair Game: Why Do We Play MMOs?

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  User Deleted
9/20/13 10:25:12 AM#2
Exploring! Ability to play solo or join family quickly to accomplish something.
  Arclan

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9/20/13 10:29:41 AM#3
Excellent question.  But I am susprised you listed Story first.  I think a player should create their own story.   For me, social and gameplay are akin to food and water; can't have one without the other.
 

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In F2P I think it's more a case of the game's trying to play the player's. -laserit
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  bizoux86

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9/20/13 10:39:04 AM#4

Great question! It is funny that my hubby and I were talking about this just last night! He was saying that he thought he was getting tired of MMO's and because I play solo a lot of the time that I could be happy not playing MMO's as well.... I like MMO's though! hehe.

I love that I can get everything I want to do in a game, within ONE game: questing, story, character progression, pvp, crafting/housing, and being able to group up with my friends to do dungeons, harder quests, old raids, etc...

I think I will always love MMO's. I can get bored of the same old, same old from time to time. However, I always get drawn back in because I feel like I am missing something when I play only solo RPG games, or strategy games, or FPS's or whatever.....

  Spectra1

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9/20/13 10:39:25 AM#5
Stress relief!  My job is stressful even on a good day.  At night I log on and kill things until my stress is gone.  This seems to relieve my stress and allows me to start the next business day refreshed.
  jeddak

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This too shall pass...

9/20/13 12:08:39 PM#6
I'm not sure why I play any more. MMO's are a shadow of their former selves for someone who started with UO and EQ. Oh the games are ok most of the time but the folks playing them are not.

UO,EQ (best mmo's). Been in lotro for almost 7 years mostly in pvp as a lovable spider: Mummy

  funcon

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9/20/13 12:19:28 PM#7
I play to get lost in a fantasy world and get away from the real world
  laserit

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Confusius say: Man who go to bed with itchy bum wake up with stinky finger

9/20/13 12:23:36 PM#8

You know when I was a kid I use to play with toy swords with my friends.  We used to imagine we were in another world sort of like those Sinbad movies of old. Out in the bush we built forts and castles, slayed many a monster and fought in many a war.

 

Sadly those are the yesterdays of yore.

 

Luckily my lust for adventure and craving for the blood of my enemies reside in an MMO

I made a double sided USB cable and I plugged my Console into my PC... or did I plug my PC into my Console? Anyway I can now play Console games on my PC! and play PC games on my Console!

FRIGGING AWESOME!

  Icewhite

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9/20/13 12:26:19 PM#9

All of those reasons, and more.

You forgot:

External affirmation (egoboo through competition).

The collector and trophy-status drives.

Winning the mini- (sometimes macro-) game of virtual wealth accumulation (I suppose that ties back into 'collector' again).

Self-pity imprisons us in the walls of our own self-absorption. The whole world shrinks down to the size of our problem, and the more we dwell on it, the smaller we are and the larger the problem seems to grow.

  arieste

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9/20/13 12:29:37 PM#10
I play to be part of another (interesting) world.  It's that simple.

"I’d rather work on something with great potential than on fulfilling a promise of mediocrity."

- Raph Koster

Tried: AO,EQ,EQ2,DAoC,SWG,AA,SB,HZ,CoX,PS,GA,TR,IV,GnH,EVE, PP,DnL,WAR,MxO,SWG,FE,VG,AoC,DDO,LoTRO,Rift,TOR,Aion,Tera,TSW,GW2,DCUO,CO,STO
Favourites: AO,SWG,EVE,TR,LoTRO,TSW,EQ2
Currently Playing: EQ2, Firefall

  jeddak

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This too shall pass...

9/20/13 12:29:47 PM#11
Originally posted by Icewhite

All of those reasons, and more.

You forgot:

External affirmation (egoboo through competition).

The collector and status drives.

Winning the mini- (sometimes macro-) game of virtual wealth acquisition.

Some of the reasons mmo's don't interest me any more.

UO,EQ (best mmo's). Been in lotro for almost 7 years mostly in pvp as a lovable spider: Mummy

  Icewhite

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9/20/13 12:34:09 PM#12
Originally posted by jeddak

Some of the reasons mmo's don't interest me any more.

A declaration somewhat at odds with your current location.

Self-pity imprisons us in the walls of our own self-absorption. The whole world shrinks down to the size of our problem, and the more we dwell on it, the smaller we are and the larger the problem seems to grow.

  laserit

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Confusius say: Man who go to bed with itchy bum wake up with stinky finger

9/20/13 12:39:09 PM#13
Originally posted by jeddak
I'm not sure why I play any more. MMO's are a shadow of their former selves for someone who started with UO and EQ. Oh the games are ok most of the time but the folks playing them are not.

You nailed it

 

It definitely was the community and not those games themselves that made them great. WoW's community was also awesome in the early days when everyone was learning everything.

I made a double sided USB cable and I plugged my Console into my PC... or did I plug my PC into my Console? Anyway I can now play Console games on my PC! and play PC games on my Console!

FRIGGING AWESOME!

  Jackdog

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9/20/13 2:24:55 PM#14

I am retired and have a lot of time on my hands. I play for a variety of reasons.

social - my wife still works so my only company for most of the day are our 3 cats. Not very good company. My guild uses both Mumble and Vent so we do a lot of conversing about not only game issues but just general chit chat

entertainment - I look at them as a living novel, beats the heck out of staring at a TV screen

personal satisfaction - I enjoy setting goals for myself and meeting them. I realize most MMO accomplishments are just time sinks but still.....

eye candy - always been fascinated by both technology and sci fi/ fantasy. MMO worlds give me both

 

I miss DAoC

  ray12k

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9/20/13 2:27:35 PM#15
I play for a challenge, A world that is not in your control. Where things evolve and I have to adapt. Hang out with friends, make goals and do are best to accomplish the goals we set.
  lizardbones

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9/20/13 2:46:19 PM#16


Originally posted by laserit
You know when I was a kid I use to play with toy swords with my friends.  We used to imagine we were in another world sort of like those Sinbad movies of old. Out in the bush we built forts and castles, slayed many a monster and fought in many a war.

 

Sadly those are the yesterdays of yore.

 

Luckily my lust for adventure and craving for the blood of my enemies reside in an MMO




This sounds more right than not. :-)

For every large, complex problem, there is a simple, clear solution that also happens to be absolutely wrong.

  AlBQuirky

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9/20/13 2:51:54 PM#17

Your "Social Aspects" section pretty much nailed it for me.  Even the admittance that one does not group100%, 24/7.  But MMOs are the only gaming outlet that has that special grouping dynamic.

 

The Dos Equis beer man pretty much nails it for me.  "I don't always look for groups when I play games.  But when I do, I play MMOs."

 

It is not too dissimilar from living with another person.  You may not interact with them the whole time you are together, but knowing they are there if the desire hits one or the other makes all the difference. 

 

Other players make the MMO gameworld come alive.  Static NPCs can only do so much with their limited AI, reacting only certain ways to a player.  Other human players can be random and/or spontaneous.  No NPC will ever utter the words, "Nice sword!  Where'd you get that?"

- Al

Personally the only modern MMORPG trend that annoys me is the idea that MMOs need to be designed in a way to attract people who don't actually like MMOs. Which to me makes about as much sense as someone trying to figure out a way to get vegetarians to eat at their steakhouse.
- FARGIN_WAR

  jmcdermottuk

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9/20/13 3:59:33 PM#18

Given that most modern MMO's have you at the level cap in a week or 2, I don't find it any surprise that people play several. They're all F2P crap anyway.

 

If you go back to EQ then yes, you took a lot of time and effort to level. But that's not the case any more.

 

Personally I have no clue why most people play MMO's today as they all seem to be nothing more than single player RPG's with a network connection and about as much social interaction going on as a bucket of dead fish.

 

There are some exceptions, but far too few and the sad thing is there's no sign of this improving any time soon.

  Vynt

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9/20/13 4:11:11 PM#19

I always played for progression. I like my character getting stronger, learning more. Customizing him. I think a lot of people play for that reason and didn't really see that here. I guess sense of accomplishment could be that, but not really.

Same reason I played RPGs too.

  Krematory

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9/20/13 5:35:12 PM#20
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