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MMORPG Thoughts and Other things that I can't get out of My Head

As a disciple of the MMORPG system, I offer my humble thoughts in this blog.

Author: fansede

The Mindset of Resubbing the MMO

Posted by fansede Thursday October 7 2010 at 7:37AM
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We are fans of the Massive multiplayer online genre. We have gone through games like a woman goes through shoes. Yet, unlike the single player experience, we may part company with our online game, but how many of us are teased back into the realm once more?

What triggers this response?  

Could it be the "old flame" scenario? A game we loved and enjoyed, but the time was not right anymore. We got a job, got a real life issue or got kicked out of the house. Now things have settled down again, and the little stray memories become "I wonder whats going on in that game now?"

Could it be the marketing temptations? We get them in our inboxes. "We want you back! 14 day trial! We reactivated your account this month! New updates! Or the ultimate temptation - expansions.

How many of us who haven't played World of Warcraft in years are going to resubscribe because of the hailed Catacylsm Expansion in December? Or is there a cutoff time where it doesn't matter anymore? In other words, how long would you part ways with a game and then be willing to return?

Boredom. MMO development has long cycles now. AAA games on average take 4-5 years to launch. Do we dabble in the F2P or older games just to keep our seats warm or are we ok with creating forum threads or blogs speculating on meta features of that upcoming MMO everyone is waiting for?

Maybe it is financial. These are rough economic times. A monthly subscription adds up. What else can explain the recent resurgence of F2P games like DDO, LORTO, Wizard 101, Free Realms, etc.? A game you liked, but can't budget for anymore now has gone free to play.  How many of us have reenlisted to these games?

I have resubscribed to EQ2, WoW, City of Heroes/ Villians at one point in time in the past decade. EQ2 - was tempting when Ruins of Kunark expansion was launched. I enjoyed about a month of it and then left. WoW - I played Horde when it launched, then I got busy with life. Then when I got caught up I resubbed to play Alliance on a PvP server, but I never got past lvl 40 on my sexy human warlock. I haven't looked back since. I didn't buy another expansion, but Cata is the only thing on the horizon...

The only reason I went on and off with Coh/Cov was without a doubt the customization. I couldn't help myself making various combinations of pixelated humanoids...

What say you? What keeps bringing you back to your former games? Are you thinking of brushing cobwebs off your WoW account to wade back into it? for an expansion?