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Casual Thoughts from a Semi-Retired Philosopher

I play MMOs as an alternative to TV. Sometimes it even turns into quality time with the wife and daughter. Most of the time it's a distraction from doing something productive or meaningful.

Author: Hluill

Remember Journeyman's Boots?

Posted by Hluill Thursday March 1 2012 at 11:33AM
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Good Ol' J-boots!  The quest for them was epic and horrendous in EQ.  There was a version available with one of the box sets.  But they were awesome, like a twenty-percent-movement-speed increase.  That was epic.

I remember them as well in EQ2.  The Heritage quest for them still exists, I think.  My Brigand did it back in the day and wore them for years.  

See, J-boots, with their twenty-percent movement-speed increase, were awesome because mounts were higher-level items and a pain in the ass to get and use.

Now awesome, maintenance-free mounts are solo-quest rewards at twentieth level!  Mounts double movement speed.  Who need to bother with a Heritage Quest?

Yeah, sounds like I am whining.  I am.  I am also shaking my cane at those damn kids playing on my lawn...

More than whining, is observing of the trend, in which J-boots are a mile-marker sign.  Remember when stamps were only six cents?  As a historian, I love gages like that.  They communicate consequential and correlative relationships.

So what are the J-boots telling us?  They're telling us we don't have the time to jog through our favorite games.  We need to gallop through them.  We need to hurry through the zones and the quests and the hubs.  We don't have the time to waste with walking ingame...

Huh, our game time is so valuable that we need it to be productive?

There are villages in Africa where washing laundry is considered a leisure activity.  Here in the advanced and civilized world, we shouldn't even relax while recreating.  Productive game time...  I remember when that would be considered paradoxical.  Now our need to squeeze the most out of our game time finds us riding to the broker and the merchant and the mender, even though they are now right next to each other.

What's really interesting is we'll still spend hours organizing our Raid, or perusing gear and stats, or running the same instance repeatedly.  We don't have the time to /walk, /wave, or even /nod, but we can be found standing in front of the broker, mounted, for hours.

Yeah, I remember my first pair of Journeyman's Boots, in both EQs.  I remember corpse runs and Looking For Group too.

lifesbrink writes:

I used to crave those boots, yet I never got them.  On the flipside, I was a Ranger, so getting them was not as important, at least.

Something I always wish would be more important, is the journey as well.  However, current game mechanics actually prevent this.  Questing has you jumping around and wishing you didn't have to, and the world is so static, that once you do an area, you really don't want to come back and see it. 

We need more living worlds that make you appreciate walking through a forest or down the slopes of a mountain.

Wed Mar 07 2012 10:45AM Report
Hluill writes:

I fear that MMOs have followed the trend of the real world and have trained us players not to "stop and smell the roses" even though there are still times when I do.

Thu Mar 08 2012 6:50AM Report writes:
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