We were on a break!

Dear MMO,

I’m sure you’ve known for a long time that my attention wasn’t entirely on you. I’ve been distracted. Missed dates. Forgotten our anniversary. Been distant or even absent entirely.

It’s not you, it’s me.

Well, it’s them too. All those other shiny new — or not so new but with a gfx-sixpack-injection MMOs — they’re hard to ignore. They shake their payment models and item stores at you. They claim they’ll still respect you in the morning.

And those other ones! The ones that aren’t even old enough to be out yet. Jailbait, I know, but who can resist those learning curves?

Our relationship has felt just a little stale lately — and don’t tell me you didn’t feel it too. We never do anything new or fun anymore. Sometimes I think you take me for granted and assume I’ll support you month after month and never care that you still have that twitch in your cheek even five years after we met. You said you’d have that fixed years ago.

So, yeah, I think it would be best if we went on a break. Just to play the field take a step back and consider what we really want from each other, you know?

Let’s stay friends, okay?

_

EDIT — ahem. I’m not stopping my MMO play; I should have been more clear. Instead, I’ve decided that MMOnogamy isn’t essential and if I want to check out that hot looking MMO over there at the bar, I’ll do just that. And I won’t even feel bad about it!

One day there will be a Secret World beta and I shall be in it.

8 thoughts on “We were on a break!

  1. Please please please let the new generation of MMOs (whenever it arrives) be fresh and fun. I’m on break until new-look MMOs arrive, then I’ll give them another chance.

    I won’t consider anything based on hotbar combat “new”, so I guess that’s my starting point.

  2. MMO breaks are awesome. Since 1999 I’ve been on a few (the longest one-year; the shortest 6-months). If you’re not having fun, don’t punish yourself by playing out of habit. Break your habit and experience the zillion other things you could be doing with 15-30 hours per week. πŸ™‚

    1. I’m trying to think of whether I’ve had any MMO breaks since I started playing AC back in late 2000… And I probably have, most notably around the times the last few decent Heroes of Might & Magics came out (so up to 2004 or so).

      Since then, I think I’ve been pretty continuously subscribed to one game or another. The thing is, part of my brain has always thought I should still be looking for The One, when such a beast just may not exist anymore. There’s no harm in playing the field a little, with the right protection. πŸ˜‰

  3. Come check out DDO, Ysh. I’ve been having a good time there of late. It’s very casual-friendly, as it’s easy to jump in and run a quick adventure solo or in a group. πŸ™‚

  4. When I am feeling flirtatious, FtP MMOs are my partners of choice. None of them ask you to pay for a client, or limit your casual dating time to ten days. If you want to commit to them, they let you invest exactly as much or as little as you feel like. And in the best ones, content you have bought access to remain yours for free as long as you live and the servers stay up. That lets any number of fresh faced teenage alts experience the same pleasures you did for free.

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