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  CalmOceans

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OP  7/12/14 5:25:09 AM#1
Is an MMO just a game to you, or is it your sea of tranquility, your escape from the stresses of daily life.
  Loktofeit

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7/12/14 5:31:44 AM#2
It's my social time and my family time. It's escapism on the level of Six Flags for me, sans the delicious churros.  

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  Velocinox

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7/12/14 5:33:39 AM#3
I can't use it to escape, it's my job.

'Sandbox MMO' is a PTSD trigger word for anyone who has the experience to know that anonymous players invariably use a 'sandbox' in the same manner a housecat does.


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  Azoth

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7/12/14 5:35:09 AM#4

I would say it's for a different experiance. I love my life so I don't need to escape from it, but I also like to enjoy other stuff. I read a lot, I watch a lot of shows, I play many sports, I go camping by the lake at least a weekend per month and I play a lot of games. I get something good from all of it, most of the time.

I think the firsts MMORPG did a better job at an escapist way as they were more immersive. Now i would say they have become just games.

  Loktofeit

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7/12/14 5:40:41 AM#5
Originally posted by Velocinox
I can't use it to escape, it's my job.

In what sense? I mean, I work for CCP, but I can still get lost in the universe of New Eden, the world of Nave, the land of Dereth, etc. Is it that you review/blog about MMOs? If so, I can see how you'd be coming at the games from a different angle, but there would still be some you play just for entertainment, no?

What part of your job hinders your immersion into MMOs, and why do you feel it does that?

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  emperorwings

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7/12/14 5:44:44 AM#6
Use it as a time sink which would be replaced by other real life or non real life activities of MMORPGs never existed.

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  Loke666

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7/12/14 5:52:59 AM#7

All kinds of entertainment is kinda an escape from real life, watching a movie, listening to music or playing a game.

Most people do need something else to think about than work and other crap now and then, that is just healthy. The problem becomes when you start only living for escaping reality.

  Phaserlight

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7/12/14 6:10:38 AM#8

No, it's not an escape.  When real life turns up the volume, I try to turn up the Real Life footwork; this just works for me.  My MMO is a hobby, like Chess, playing an instrument, or learning a martial art.  It's a fun activity, but nothing to replace real life.

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  Theodwulf

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7/12/14 6:24:25 AM#9
I tend to get self destructive when I get bored and games are a cost effective way of entertaining myself. It's a heck of a lot cheaper and more productive  than going out drinking or chasing women.  
  Kyleran

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7/12/14 7:36:09 AM#10

Not an escape necessarily, but more than just a game.  An alternate reality I guess where I spend some time in every day for a few hours.

Very similar to the alternate realities of "work", "family life", "running time" and "yard work".  I behave differently in each of those situations and enjoy and dislike different things about them.

Besides, my wife has far fewer issues with me playing MMO's vs partaking of beer, blow and hookers, and it's less destructive too.

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  Soraksis

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7/12/14 8:02:46 AM#11
I dont use it to escape from reality, I use it to burn up time until reality gives me something worth while to do.  When I get home from work I try to watch TV but all the shows on these days are stupid fking reality shows where they find the dumbest fking people on the planet and put them all in the same room to see what happens, I cant stand it.  My kids are out getting into trouble with their friends so my wife and I sit down and play some games until something better comes up.  Some times I read a good book and some times we go for walks but eventually I run out of books and some times its raining or just too damn hot to go for a walk. 
  DMKano

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7/12/14 8:04:51 AM#12

More like a temporary distraction, an escape to me would be something more permanent.

I guess it really comes down to immersion, a really immersive MMO would feel more like an escape from RL.

 

 

  Demalis

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7/12/14 8:18:26 AM#13

In a world where lying, cheating, and stealing are now the fastest way any kind of success in life I found mmo's to be a great escape. Hard work could give you a sense of accomplishment , and even feed the ego a bit. I really liked the structure of a more logic based rule set, one that was harder to exploit and manipulate. Enter the masses and the rule set of the real world. Now I play single player games.

Maybe I am a misanthrope.

  DMKano

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7/12/14 8:52:12 AM#14
Originally posted by Demalis

In a world where lying, cheating, and stealing are now the fastest way any kind of success in life I found mmo's to be a great escape. Hard work could give you a sense of accomplishment , and even feed the ego a bit. I really liked the structure of a more logic based rule set, one that was harder to exploit and manipulate. Enter the masses and the rule set of the real world. Now I play single player games.

Maybe I am a misanthrope.

It's a matter of perspective - we are wired to find things in life that will support our beliefs - both positive and negative.

Saying that we live in a world of lying,cheating and stealing says more about your mindset than life itself.

 

  Demalis

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7/12/14 9:13:57 AM#15
Originally posted by DMKano
Originally posted by Demalis
 

It's a matter of perspective - we are wired to find things in life that will support our beliefs - both positive and negative.

Saying that we live in a world of lying,cheating and stealing says more about your mindset than life itself.

 We could probably debate perspective, but I assure you that in this day and age lying, cheating, and stealing are quite common. From people shaving their heads and making hundreds of thousands raising money for cancer on their facebook page. To that guy in wow who lied about his brother deleting his wow character so he could get Blizzard to legally dupe all his items.

Or what about that guy that said he photo shopped a journeyman ticket and started his own business. multi boxing pvp to win... etc

I'm just a misanthrope,  says enough about my mindset...

  ReallyNow10

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7/12/14 9:24:11 AM#16
Originally posted by CalmOceans
Is an MMO just a game to you, or is it your sea of tranquility, your escape from the stresses of daily life.

More an escape into something than from something.  Real life is just fine, at least for me.

Other, even better escapes are things like backpacking.  When you put on a backpack, belt knife, pick up a walking stick, and step out into the wilderness, you're doing what your MMO character does, mines the Orcs.  How cool is that.

  TheHavok

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7/12/14 9:24:43 AM#17

Imagine if mmorpgs were like heroin. The first taste makes it seem like the best feeling in the world. But soon your tolerance builds up. Mmorpgs just don't give you that high and endorphin rush satisfaction they use to. So you get desperate and start trying more and more mmorpgs. You try them all but they just don't give you the same rush they did in the past. Soon you are hooked but you don't even like the mmorpg you are playing...you just play because it's what your mind and body tell you to do. Soon you get mad and start bashing all the new mmorpgs because they aren't as good as your first mmorpg. Eventually your body and mind can't take anymore because your brain is burnt out and warped. You can't process endorphins on your own anymore and NEED mmorpgs to help pick you up, all the while secretly hating them.

Good thing that mmorpgs aren't like drugs right.......right?

  ReallyNow10

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7/12/14 9:28:50 AM#18
Originally posted by TheHavok

Imagine if mmorpgs were like heroin. The first taste makes it seem like the best feeling in the world. But soon your tolerance builds up. Mmorpgs just don't give you that high and endorphin rush satisfaction they use to. So you get desperate and start trying more and more mmorpgs. You try them all but they just don't give you the same rush they did in the past. Soon you are hooked but you don't even like the mmorpg you are playing...you just play because it's what your mind and body tell you to do. Soon you get mad and start bashing all the new mmorpgs because they aren't as good as your first mmorpg. Eventually your body and mind can't take anymore because your brain is burnt out and warped. You can't process endorphins on your own anymore and NEED mmorpgs to help pick you up, all the while secretly hating them.

Good thing that mmorpgs aren't like drugs right.......right?

You could use that analogy for every joy in life.  Exciting and exquisite at first, then old hat after awhile, then just doesn't do anything after a time.

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  TheQuietGamer

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7/12/14 9:39:45 AM#19
Originally posted by CalmOceans
Is an MMO just a game to you, or is it your sea of tranquility, your escape from the stresses of daily life.

They should be, in the same way that some TV, film and books should be.  Surely the intention of many of these mediums is to create an immersive world, intriguing plots and compelling characters that allow you to become lost in their creation for a few hours.  

Unfortunately I haven't been sufficiently immersed in an mmo for some time to to provide any real escapism.  Recently they all seem to be about bombarding the players with trivial distractions rather than creating a deep, immersive world to become lost in.

So if I want a few hours escapism these days I am more likely to put on a decent boxset or read a decent book.   

  Grunty

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7/12/14 10:12:29 AM#20
Just like a book or a movie it takes me somewhere I am not. It never takes me out of reality.
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