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It happened last week. WAR had just been sitting there on my desktop, all the RvR packs installed but seldom used, still sending Mythic my 15 bucks a month. I logged in to find T3 mostly dead on Badlands and that my few friends left playing hadn’t logged in for a few weeks either. So I did it. I canceled my WAR account yet again. And with that, I am officially MMOless.
–noun, plural -thies.
absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve been able to say I am not subscribed to a single MMO. Aion can suck it. That game only brings feelings of deep seated loathing to me. Champions Online holds no appeal. If it wasn’t for NC Soft freezing my master account secondary to my stupid Aion account getting hacked, I’d be more tempted to tool around in City of Heroes than CO. Not only am I not opening up my wallet for any of the pay to play MMOs, I also am not playing any of the various free to play options available out there right now. Sure, I’ve tried them. EQ2 was just meh to me. LotRO that I really loved once upon a time just can’t entice me to play anymore. Allods was fun for about 10 levels. I’m still not sold on the cash shops even though I know they are the trend for the future.
After reading all the excited Tweets about Cataclysm, I even broke down and bought it in a moment of weakness. I played about 4 hours in the new Worgen zone and was done with it also. Ha! What a waste of money that was. The zone was done well enough. But in the end, it just felt like the same old thing with a new wolf skin. I realized that I’m just done with WoW. When I renewed my account, I looked back at how long I have played WoW. I really played more than I thought those first couple of years. I played pretty steady, dying off for about 6 months before Burning Crusade and then back for about 6 months when it released. Then another stint for about 6 months in 2009 after my love affair with WAR went sour. WoW just holds no appeal for me anymore. Perhaps if they had added a new class to try out. After all this time, I’ve literally tried every class, more than once in many cases. So basically, I paid about $55 to be a tourist to see the changes to the old world. Hmmmm. Someone said I could have seen all of that on You Tube for free.
I’m not sure what happened with WAR. I was having fun with it. I was out of town and didn’t play for about 2 weeks. When I returned, I just couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to play. My main Desto characters on Badlands were stuck in T3. While I had hoped that T3 would be alive and well again with the changes to open RvR and the RvR packs, it really didn’t happen. T4 was hopping. I guess everyone who had become bored and was leveling alts went back to experience the fun of T4 and work on getting the renown ranks up to the new cap. Truly, if I include the year I was in beta, I have played WAR continuously more than any other MMO. It’s really a fun game and the PvP nature makes it a bit less redundant than PvE games. But you have to have people to fight. And that’s been my problem more often than not in WAR.
What I’m finding is that all these games just feel the same for the most part. And of course in the end, they really are. I suppose my true MMO apathy right now lies more in the fact that all my friends/guildies are spread far and thin in different games. Even the ones playing WoW right now are hanging out on different servers and different factions. When I think about the most fun I’ve had in MMOs, it usually also revolves around the fact that I was in active guilds with friends with whom I was comfortable. Perhaps I’m getting old, but I hate joining new guilds now. I like Circle of Trust/Multiplaying/whatever we call ourselves next. They are like that old pair of jeans that you panic if you think you’ve lost because they are just so damn comfortable and just fit so good.
So I suppose I’ll just wait for the next big MMO that sucks enough of the guild in to get us all gaming together again. Maybe Rift. Maybe we’ll wait til SWToR. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, right? Now, what to do with all of this free time I have….