Not Another Series, I Promise
I’m not starting another series today. I’m not. But I sort of am.
After reading Syl’s recent post entitled Which MMOs are you Holding Onto?, I found myself feeling a bit of nostalgia for my past MMOs. I’ve already written about why I eventually ditched them, and I went back and reread that post to reaffirm my choice, but then I read another post about how we measure MMO success (that I failed to save, though at least I saved one of them this time), and how we need to remember that churn doesn’t only include new players but old players who return to see changes and new content, as well. What the hell, I said. It’s only disk space.
On top of that, my wife and I had a conversation about what we wanted to play post-Star Wars. All three of us had agreed to stick with Star Wars at least until 50 and our class quests were done. However, since we’re all in the mid-40s now, that time was rapidly approaching (before the end of this week, we hope). I suggested we try one of the games we’d retired, and she agreed. We discussed DDO, LotRO, and Rift (I discussed Fallen Earth, too, but she wasn’t interested in “a first person shooter” (I can’t convince her it’s not)). Those discussions, too, twanged a string of nostalgia in me. Fine! I finally said, and downloaded them all.
So I sit now on the cusp of going back to many of the previous MMOs I abandoned. I’ve been dabbling recently, and this is undoubtedly just another aspect of that. I finished some of the games I was dabbling in, and I don’t plan on playing all these MMOs at once, but I do plan on playing them.
I’m worried, to be honest. I don’t like jumping in to MMOs mid-way through. I don’t like having a lot of changes flying around my head that I don’t fully understand. I like to read and prepare, but I also don’t want to commit a ton of time to reading and preparing to play games I may only load up once or twice (I already loaded up DDO twice and feel completely lost). However, I don’t really want to roll a new character in any of them, either.
So I’m going to play and see what I find. I’m going to report my findings here. It won’t be a series, because I’m tired of series (I guess that’s plural) and I see so much happening in the middle of my series that I want to stop and talk about it (like ACM’s recent excellent post that I’m sure you all already know about). Still, before I dive head first into what may be an empty pool, any thoughts from you, dear reader, about which game I should focus on first and why? Any warning about changes I should expect?
On a second note, I’m again frustrated with Star Wars design, though it’s a small, single thing this time. I went to go do Colicoid War Games, which, frankly, is frustrating and terrible. The guns from the first two parts of the mission are, frankly, terribly designed. They’re difficult to steer, and if you hit any buttons at all, you dismount. Since the encounter is like a gauntlet, being dismounted is incredibly dangerous, since it wastes precious seconds as your toon clumsily dismounts, then remounts. Poor, poor, gameplay and design. Bad Bioware. Bad.
Having just finished ME2 (yes, 2, not 3), I’ve really had it made clear to me how good Star Wars should have been. Their past successes only go to highlight what I consider to be very poor implementations of their core systems: dialogue (which is implemented just fine, but carries little weight) and companions. Ah well, we can’t all be perfect, but I would have liked better.
Stubborn (and getting ready to explore familiar territory)