I’m sure I’m not the only one who has this sort of inner debate whenever I start to think of a past MMO that I used to really enjoy:
HEART: Hey, remember World of Warcraft? You LOVED that game! It was so pretty, so accessible, and just right up your alley!
HEAD: And I played it. For four years. And left.
HEART: But maybe you should head on back, see if you can’t, y’know, rekindle a little of that old magic. It’s still there! You’ll have a great time, you know you will!
HEAD: Dude, you know I had reasons to quit.
HEART: You always have reasons. But you’ve forgotten them, so maybe they weren’t that important!
HEAD: The crappy end game! A-HA! I didn’t forget! Oh, and how Blizzard is always changing the game, making it way too simple, erasing all my past accomplishments just to pave way for future grinds. No thank you.
HEART: But your friends are still in the game!
HEAD: While that may be, I cannot, I will not force myself to play a game that I don’t like any longer just because of the people there.
HEART: What about this new expansion? This catacombs, catamaran, cataclysm thing? They’re reshaping the entire world, throwing in two new races — that’s a whole new leveling experience!
HEAD: Really? I’ll be doing something other than the quest/kill grind with the same classes we’ve had since 2004?
HEART: Come baaaaaaack… I’ll buy you one of their obscenely expensive Pandaren pets!
HEAD: Can’t we just let the past be the past? I’ve moved on, I have a new MMO girlfriend. Her name is Fallen Earth, and she’s everything that WoW is not. Right now, I’m crafting an awesome post-apocalyptic motorcycle.
HEART: You can make a motorcycle in WoW too!
HEAD: Yeah, because that really fits the setting. Tell me, which of these does not belong: Castle, Knight, Horse, Magic, Dragons, Swords, Motorcycle.
HEART: But… but… you can rename your character now! Change their gender! Their faction! Their race!
HEAD: More proof that what the game once was to me, is no longer. Pass.
HEART: Oh, you think you’ve won, but you’ll see… you’ll see.