One of the most frustrating aspects of my gaming life is that I simply have so little time for it. Between two jobs, a family, and other personal projects, gaming has to vie for small slices of my 24 daily hours (I’m trying to increase that limit, but it’s a pretty hefty microtransaction). I think it’s been said many times that if you work in games journalism, you end up playing games less as a whole, and I know that to be true on many nights.
Ergo, I’m not able to play nearly as many games as I would if I had unlimited time and money. I’ve seen a few comments over the years as to why I seem to cycle through games and whatever happened that that game I was so clearly in love with? Mostly the answer to that is “no time”, but I thought I’d give a shout out to a few great MMOs that I’m not playing but wish I could be.
Dungeons & Dragons Online
After talking with Fernando Paiz at PAX East and watching a runthrough of the new Update 9 content, I felt my heart being pulled back to DDO. Argh, I wish I had more time for this game, because I absolutely love the setting, the structure of the game, and how truly unique it feels in this industry. Maybe one day I’ll dedicate a night to it or something, but as for now, no can do.
This was the sleeper hit of 2009 and my MMO lady love of the year — so why did I ever quit? One word: Massively. When I got hired on, I knew I’d have to spend a lot of time playing and covering LOTRO (which I certainly don’t regret), and Fallen Earth had to take a backseat to that.
In many ways, Fallen Earth is one of those MMOs that asks for your full attention, not just a night here or there. It’s a truly interesting world that’s vastly different than sword-and-sorcery MMOs, and I always appreciated the humor and hidden secrets that abounded. I feel bad that the studio took a big pounding over the past year, and while the game is still enduring, it never really took off as huge as it perhaps should’ve.
I know a lot of folks are excited about the recent update — with Dervish improvements, 7-hero parties and whatnot, there’s certainly a lot that should be interesting me lately. But like it or not, Guild Wars hasn’t peaked above “decent entertainment” (a step up from its previous “couldn’t catch on” stage) for me, and I’m really only playing just to rack up points for the Hall of Monuments. I at least want to finish one campaign to get my points entered, but past that I’m doubtful. It’s a beautiful game that has offers a lot of bang for your buck, but I’m really just looking forward to GW2 and lacking enthusiasm for the first.
Kingdom of Loathing
KoL is still one of the funniest, most clever MMOs I’ve ever played, but I can only get into it in spurts. It requires a lot of puzzle-solving and daily time spent in the game, and I find that that cuts into my blogging.
Star Trek Online
Hey, if it went free-to-play, I’d be so back in. As it is, I really like the game, but only in a “once per week” sort of way — and I can’t justify a subscription for that.