There’s an apparent paradox of my current relationship with MMORPGs. There are just *so many* games to play that I could keep dabbling forever and not run out of new experiences to sample. Yet I’m also starting to feel starved for an MMO “home” to be at the center of my gaming life.
For me, at least, the notion of an MMO home is a title that fulfills these requirements:
- Is still somewhat popular with active development happening
- Gives me a rounded, robust MMO gaming experience with plenty of goals to pursue
- Has me connected with a guild that is full of great friends and friendships
- I can see playing for a lengthy stretch at a time
The full package, in other words. The whole enchilada.
In continuing to seek out the right balance in my gaming time, I am realizing that I need both that anchor of a home and the flexibility and variety of other, more casual experiences. Too much of the former leads to burnout. Too much of the latter leads to restlessness and dissatisfaction.
And over the past month or two, I just haven’t been gaming in a home. I think LOTRO felt like that during the summer and World of Warcraft for the most past last year, but my infatuation with certain other games (usually in the hopes of finding, re-finding, or establishing a home) hasn’t really worked out too well for the longer go.
So I’m taking a step back and evaluating. I don’t think that there are any new great options here for a main focus, but rather the usual suspects: WoW, LOTRO, RIFT, FFXIV, ESO, GW2, WildStar. More traditional MMORPGs with proven quality and quantity of content, games that I have enjoyed long-term (mostly) and could potentially plunk down some deeper roots. Also games that I have drifted away from at various points because of burnout, disappointing features, a lack of community connections, or a downturn in development.
Maybe I’m serially incapable of committing, but I don’t think so. I have had some really long stretches of game dedication in the past, and I’m OK with stepping away from them so that my excitement batteries for those particular titles can recharge. I just could use a more centralized game right now with satellite titles than a rotation of equal-but-equally-non-central games like I’m doing now.
The idea of an MMO home comes attached to focus, purpose, and a future. I hope I can find that soon, but I don’t know the best way of going about it.
I’d love to hear from you who have what you consider to be an MMO home. What game is it and why do you consider this your main game?