Maybe the worst part about online games, other than the fact that they can disappear forever, is that they continue to operate even when you’re not playing them. The fact is that there are often more games than time allows, yet there’s no way to freeze an MMO until you’re ready for it. You have to make those decisions to do Thing A while Thing B proceeds without you.
This is made especially difficult when there’s a wave of FOMO blowing through the air. I’m feeling a lot of that lately, and it’s mildly frustrating as I barely have time these days to play two games, nevermind the six or seven that I’d want to. So instead of playing, I’ll grouse about them here and feel a bit better at having aired my first world gamer problem.
So what’s FOMOing lately? Well, there’s FFXIV’s latest patch, which seems to be a hit with the community thanks to the new island sanctuaries. They seem neat, although perhaps they’re not for people on tight time budgets. More like, they’re great for dedicated FFXIV players who need to kill some time when they’re not doing MSQ and dungeons. I wouldn’t mind seeing them, though. And it’s always in the back of my head that I have my character right at the start of Shadowbringers.
Following the FOMO breeze takes us through Guild Wars 2, which is enjoying its 10th anniversary this season. This is not so much the case of “new content that looks awesome” so much as “stop reminding me that I used to have a very good time in this game way back when.” The game seems to have more of its act together this year than in the previous few, so there’s this palpable sense of hope for the future.
And then there’s World of Warcraft, which rented as many FOMO machines as the marketing team could get its hands on. The Wrath Classic pre-patch, Wrath Classic launch, Dragonflight testing, Dragonflight pre-patch, and Dragonflight launch will be yelling at me for the rest of the year to, y’know, come back and play already. Already I’m doubting my decision to walk away instead of doubling down with Wrath prep. And while I still don’t hold a lot of hope for Dragonflight being a smash hit, if word-of-mouth is good, then that might be a holiday excursion.
It’s just how it goes in MMO circles. It can be fun to be inspired and excited by community interest in titles, but I never want to let FOMO call the shots in my gaming life.