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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

The Coolest MMO Ev-Ah!

Posted by Hluill Wednesday September 4 2013 at 11:44AM
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Yeah, it doesn't exist. 

I've been playing Star Wars: the Old Republic (which my friend calls sweater) for a couple of months now.  I am having fun, but the girlfriend isn't.   She finally admitted this to me today.  She plays it because I play it.  I play it because it has a cool story line and fun character development.  

She misses EverQuest 2's housing and crafting.  But she thinks it's questing is rather bland.  And she hates subscribing.  I still have my account with Sony, but got tired of feeling like a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.

She misses Lord of the Rings Online because it's so pretty, but she's pretty blah about the rest of the game.  I stopped playing when the level curve left me behind.  It seems like such a worthless grind to me.

I still enjoy infrequent forays into The Secret World.  While I think the Ability system there is the absolute best of any game I've played, my girl is intimidated by it.  Knowing when to equip which abilities can be a bit of a pain, to be sure.

So, we're probably headed back to Guild Wars 2.  It's pretty.  It's straightforward.  With dynamic leveling and events there is always something to do.  Because of the discoveries, the crafting isn't completely intolerable.

So, I'll miss my trooper in her white armor and my bad-ass juggernaught and her lightsaber.  But it will great to get back to my warrior and her greatsword and my rogue with his underhanded knife-attacks.

GamerIncognito writes:

Seems you are in the same position as I am. Though my experience with secret world is limited to the beta testing I did. Didn't quite grab my attention sad to say. Add to my listing though; Rift, which was for a while fun and the crafting wasn't too terrible. Aion, which I liked up until it became apparent that the no holds barred pvp meant that my level 17 character was able to get pwnstomped continuously by all the level 60's that popped through the Rifts when they spawned. Yeah, no contest at all, but it was apparently fun for them; not so much for me.  LotRO was fine until the event I was working on became impossible to complete (no matter who you picked during those races, you seemed to always pick the loser) and being a player that strives to complete goals/achievemets/deeds, etc, I lost interest in LotRO. Tera was a change in gameplay for me, with the target for combat and healing system they have, so it was a lot of fun. And the player political campaign system they had was something I was really wanting to get into; but I  But the crafting system was a total joke imo, as nothing I was able to craft was even worth the effort. Aside from the previously mentioned appeal to a game, crafting is probably the main thing I look at in the games I play.  So Tera was a short lived adventure for me.


I have never played Guild Wars 2; I have been hesitant, because I despise buying something I end up not liking. Typically, if I find a pay to play game, if it has a trial client I will check it out. If I like it, I buy it. 


OH! And lets not forget my deep seeded HATRED for everything Blizzard. To save myself from a ban, I will leave it at that. 


So hey! I feel your pain, I really do. Still waiting for that epic MMO to surface that will make me forget about everything else I have tried and not liked. 

Fri Sep 06 2013 2:32PM Report writes:
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