Syp’s out of town this week and has turned the keys to Bio Break over to fellow bloggers. Today’s post is by River of High Latency Life.
The Decline of Hardcore
Hi my name is River — this is the part where you say, “Hi River!” You might know me from various roles on TV like Hooker #2, or guy holding the door, but what I’m most famous for is blogging High Latency Life. That’s right… I’m that guy. Please I’ll sign autographs later. When Syp begged me to do a guest blog, I thought I could lower myself for one post for a dear old friend of mine, so here we go.
My Question To You is…
Are there less hardcore MMO Gamers now then say 10 years ago, 5 years ago, even one year ago?
From my perspective it seems like yes.
What is a Hardcore Gamer?
Now we need to define hardcore MMO gamer so that we’re all on the same page, because it could be very subjective. To me, a hardcore MMO gamer is a person who dedicates a majority of their free time to one MMO. Not someone who plays 3 MMOs a lot. They are hardcore, but I’m looking for that person who logs off at 4am, and logs back on at 7am, those that raid in a game 6 or even 7 days a week.
What Choice Did I Have?
Back in the day when I first started in MMOs, you had two choices, EverQuest, or Dark Age of Camelot pretty much was it for quality MMOs. Being unemployed I had A LOT of free time, and it became a way for me to escape the crap of my daily life. So I would spend 2 hours looking for a job, 8 to 10 hours in Darkness Falls or crushing Hibs in Emain. These days we have more choices with our MMOs , thus we may play a lot, but an hour here or an hour there.
Maybe We are Past the Golden Age?
Sometimes I hear grumblings we are past the golden age of MMOs. Maybe the love affair with the MMO is over, with so many AAA title like Star Wars not doing as well as planned I think there might be something to this. Now maybe the MMOs have to take their place with the other genres, and really work at retaining their customers. Then again now there is Free to Play, a player can come and go as they please without any economic effect.
EVE: The Last Bastion
I see the players in EVE, and marvel at their hard core abilities — or is it an illusion? Does it just look tough, and complex, or am I just not in the know of how things really are with that game? Is the death penalty as cruel as they make it seem, and do they really spend long hours working on their corporations, or whatever they call guilds in this game? I don’t know the truth of the matter, but it seems to me EVE players for the most part are pretty hardcore.
Time Waits For No Man
Well as I get older, and demand upon me and my generation become greater, with my friends having kids, and working more. Gone are the days of 6-7 day raiding, and spending as much time farming consumables. Long gone are taking part of a 16 hour AV, and being there for the whole 16 hours. What worries me is that as I lay my mantle down as a hardcore MMO gamer there will be no one to pick it up, and carry it forward to a new era, so if there was a dream of another Golden Age of MMO’s to be it might get lost, and all we will have left is CoD, and Modern Warfare clones.
P.S. Syp didn’t beg me, he put out a clarion call, and I humble took up his call. He graciously allowed me to do a post. Syp is a great guy, and if there was no Syp, I highly doubt there would be a River in the blogosphere. Thanks Syp, and I hope everything works out building igloos at the North Pole, or whatever you’re doing.