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Writings on the business of fun: Virtual Worlds and Real Money Makes Online Gaming a Big Business. My economic view on the world of online games - without the hype.

Author: Inktomi

What has happened to MMO's?

Posted by Inktomi Sunday June 7 2015 at 1:36AM
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It has been so long since I've been on this website. Ages since I wrote a blog and I can't remember the last time I played an MMORPG. I was so into it! It seems another lifetima ago I raided in the World of Warcraft. I was in countless virtual worlds, killing mobs leveling, up characters and meeting random people on pixelated landscapes.

Where did it all go?

Kinda feeling out of touch right now and there is so much to catch up on. So Wildstar is going free to play? Ok. Saw that coming. Elder Scrolls Online was a severe embarrassment. Final Fantasy XIV is simply amazing I hear and stealing market share from the almighty WoW. Well, someone had to. Doesn't matter, Blizzard is a smart company and has now thrown their lot in with the MOBA crowd with Heroes of the Storm.

Isn't E3 like next week? Bethesda is making Fallout 4! That's great news. We really needed another sequel.

I read about some new games that are coming out. They seem like old games with new names. It's hard to get excited. There are a few standouts here and there, but nothing that really gives me that longing feeling that I can't wait to play it. When was the last time I played a video game?

Wait...what? It's been months since I had a long session of good old fashioned video gaming. It's not that I don't own enough games. And the upcoming Steam sale will see to that. But what I lack really is the time. I'm just so busy with normal life on lifes terms that I feel as if I am cheating something else if I pick up a game and drill a few hours into it. I have so many interesting people in my life and so busy with work, my friends, family and the wonderful woman in my life that I feel no need to waste my time and my life playing a video game.

I never thought those words would come out of my mouth, or through my fingers.

Looking back I ask myself, was I wasting my life when I was into MMORPG's? Heck no. I don't regret a thing. It was an experience. I believe every good story has a beginning, a middle and an end. We might be at the end of this particular story, but it is the start of another one. I'm very glad this website is still running and that my account is still here. I might come full circle one day and read this, longing to spend a few hours logged into someone's carefully created virtual world. Killing mobs again one day to fulfill some lonely farmers low end quest. Or maybe flying a spaceship deep into a black abyss filled with pirates looking to blow it up.

EVE! How can I forget my love/hate relationship with that game. Have they been in the news again after the Battle of B-R? Probably. But it all seems a world away right now, like in another world that I've logged out of....permanently. 

Alas, Gaming, parting is such sweet sorrow. 

Until we meet again,

Play Safe.

Raveneyes writes:

Interesting post, i just created account to say i have the same ideas as you do. Something keeps me uninterested in MMOs for the past year...

I have to say i've tried a lot of stuff, games i used to love and new games...I play maybe a month then i bail out and start searching again for something that will keep me focused on it .

I'm not here to blame the games or the companies behind them, but the more i play games the more i feel they are out of ideas and in fact they are so much "tryharing" to release something new that they miss the basics on the way...

Maybe i'm getting older though... but i know by heart, that being a gamer doesn't have ages... my father is 60yo, still plays what he finds interesting and challenging for him and he destroys me in any racing game we played together...

I don't know, i feel we need a "big bad boom" of a title... and i feel i need to see some good remakes of older games... i think i'll play the new GW2 expansion when it comes out and maybe WoW if it stops failing in basics...and for the time play Pillars of Eternity as it is the closest thing to titles i used to be in love with (IWD/BG).

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