Two relatively quick things today. These two links were on separate blogs on separate days, so really I’m just relinking them here together for your convenience. If you haven’t already seen them, I strongly recommend you do. If you’re only willing to watch one, watch the second one; it’s more relevant to WoW, in my opinion, but both are fascinating in the way the discuss game behavior and deconstruct some of the tricks Blizzard has been playing on us for years. Neither is specifically about Blizzard, just to be clear, but both are so strongly related that I felt they deserved a mention.
At any rate, I hope you enjoy them.
On a totally different note, I’ve been pondering the question “Once you’re there, how to you break Azeroth’s orbit?” Or to put it another way, “How can you get away from WoW if you want to?”
I’m beginning to wonder if you can. MMOs have pretty much ruined single player games for me. Sure, I might play through them, but I get nothing from them compared to the way I felt about Final Fantasy or Neverwinter Nights (or Baldur’s Gate, for that matter) anymore. The vast opportunities WoW offers make any single player game feel limited in comparison. Not to mention that I’m a penny pincher (despite my seemingly constant server transfers), so only getting even 40 hours from a game seems like a rip off, let alone 5 or 10.
I can’t really move to another MMO, because that’s not really breaking WoW’s orbit, is it? Since FtP are constantly filled with (the equivalent of ) immersion-killing corporate billboards and most of the other “pay” games play just like WoW (Rift, for example, not that that’s a complaint; I enjoyed Rift a lot, but it was just WoW, so I went back to WoW – also, I still need to try EVE, so it may be an exception), so MMOs really don’t provide any escape.
My wife says I get this way every summer, and perhaps I do, if I check my track record on when I played other MMOs. I don’t know, though, the second presentation linked above, plus some bad BRD runs (bad in that the tank in every single one was a arrogant doofus), plus Beru’s story all in one day sort of made me want to vote with my feet. Where, though, do the feet go? I can read a lot, which I frequently do when I’m not playing WoW, so much in fact that I get tired of reading. Then what? Back to WoW or some clone thereof. I’m just not sure.
How do you break WoW’s orbit?
Stubborn (down but not out, and still leveling nonetheless – 2 to go to Outland)