MMO Gamer Chick laments that she has extreme difficulty in juggling more than one online RPG — to the point where she simply has to make a decision which game she’s going to play that month.
I feel her pain. I do. Some people seem to have the ability, time and money to float between dozens of MMORPGs while others of us have just our One Game that we cling to tighter than a shipwreck survivor to a piece of jetsam. I’m kind of in the middle here: I don’t really have a lot of spare time or money to be engaged in more than one title, and yet I’m too curious of a gamer to stay just in one MMO world all the time. I like to experience the full variety of flavors, and it helps me to avoid burnout by sinking all of my gaming time into just one title.
So. Time. Money. Variety. All factors that swirl about when you want to play more than you can. It’s certainly nice to have the convenience to play an hour of WoW here and an hour of STO there, or to have a “Fallen Earth Night” and just spend the whole evening questing and crafting. But three subscriptions adds up — that’s $45 a month, my friends. I have a hard time justifying that to my wallet, when I could be playing just one game for the same amount of hours for $15, while just losing access to the other two titles.
One solution is to expand your MMO diet to include free-to-play and freemium MMOs that don’t charge by the month. Guild Wars, Allods and DDO all sit on my desktop, happy to receive my attention when they get it, but perfectly fine — and not charging me a dime — whether or not I play. That solves the “money” problem.
What about the “time” issue? When I’m dealing with multiple MMOs, there’s always a danger that I’ll get sucked so much into one that I’ll neglect the others entirely. I guess at that point you could always unsubscribe to the others, but my interest grows and wanes like the tides, and I would hate to let the other ones slip. So a solution to that would be to create a schedule of sorts — to divvy up your evenings into hour blocks, for example, and play three different MMOs for one hour apiece. Or to extend that to evenings: I’ve thought of doing a Monday/Wednesday WoW night, Tuesday/Saturday Fallen Earth, Wednesday/Friday STO and make Sunday a free-for-all evening. Some people extend this even further and just switch their MMOs on a monthly basis, based on what they’re in the mood for.
The biggest problem of juggling games, in my opinion, is that for every additional game you heap on the pile, you’re reducing time spent with friends and guildies of Game X. Right now, I belong to three different guilds in three different games, and I have friends in each. If I go too long without popping my head in, I become a stranger and miss out on opportunities to hang out with and enjoy the company of these people.
I’d love to hear from those of you who do juggle more than one MMO — how do you handle it and what approach do you take?