I’m kinda curious how all you fairly rabid, faithful MMOites (MMOers? MMOObodies?) map out your future in this hobby. It’s not like there’s a brand-new AAA-title game coming out every week, after all; major releases are rare, highly playable releases are very rare, and my hamburgers are cooked well done, thank you. It’s also not just the future of what’s coming out, but also what is right now, and what older games out there are beckoning like the sirens’ song for you to follow to your doom.
So, out of curiosity, leave a note in the comments section as to which type of player you are in terms of how you plan your MMO gaming future:
Type A: “Live for the present” You’re only concerned with what you’re playing right now, you have no plans to ever leave or try a new game unless one day it happens (or you get burned out and then start your search).
Type B: “Fisher” You’re not solidly attached to any one title right now — in fact, you’re fishing around for a MMO home, but nothing currently out has captivated you yet, and you have no idea what the future holds.
Type C: “Salad Bar Diner” Like Type B, you’re flitting between games, but it’s not out of desperation to find something to hold your interest — it’s because you like to sample them all (or at least a nice variety). Any future titles that come down the pike are welcome additions to your buffet.
Type D: “Loyalist” Like Type A, you have tunnel vision for the game you’re currently playing — however, you are extremely loyal to the title and know that you’re not going to be pulled away (at least, not in the forseeable future).
Type E: “Holdover” You’re dabbling in a MMO right now, but you don’t feel a permanent connection — you’re just using it to tide you over until the game you’re really waiting for finally launches. (A subset of this might be players who are playing a title related in some way — genre, prequel, IP — of the game they’re anticipating.)
Type F: “The Checklist” You have a detailed road map of what you’re going to be playing in the next two years, if the release windows hold up. You want to try all the new toys fresh out of the box, and while you’re willing to be seduced to the point of making a longer-lasting home in those games, it’s probably going to be only a temporary (3-6 month) stay.
Type G: “The Hopeful” Nothing out there right now nor in development seems to strike your fancy, so you wait… and keep reading the news… hoping that one day your ship will come in.
So which are you? Did I miss a type?