Back in 1999 I was introduce to EverQuest.  I loved EQ.  An open-ended social gaming experience in a beautiful fantasy world.  It was everything I ever wanted in a game. To date, it had more impact on what games I play than possibly any other game.  I was never a classic MMORPG addict though. I think I one time played for 10 hours without stopping.  Most of the time I'd play in 4 hour bursts and I never really played in more than 2 or 3 month bursts before I'd get bored and put it away for a month or two and then start up again.

Lord know I enjoyed the hell out of it though.  There were plenty of frustrating moments where I'd nearly delete the account, but looking back on it I enjoyed the experience.  However, after about 2 years of off-and-on gaming I did finally hang up my gloves. I just couldn't keep up with the expansion packs, plus my PC wasn't up to speed.  I did actually get back into the game one last time in the early part of 2007 for about a week just to check it out, but at this point in the game most of the players are high-end and typically I would end up just playing by myself since there weren't many players at my level.  

Anyway to make a very long story short I haven't played in over 2 years and I want to play again. Not EQ though.  Its too long in the tooth and not enough low levels to play with - though humorously enough they now have a server where players created characters that begin at level 50 to get around this issue.  Definitely not WoW.  I have enough forced interaction with simpletons on a daily basis. No need to force more on myself. I need something without quite so much mainstream appeal.  

Of course I may not need anything at all. I know that an MMORPG probably isn't the best thing for me to get involved with. Even on a casual level it would be a time sink and I've got plenty of Wii and DS games to keep me busy.  Maybe all I'm missing is just some online gaming... of course with a Wii and DS I'm pretty much stuck without any options.  Bahhh. . . anyway I just need some people to tell me to resist and say DON'T DO IT!!!!!

Posted by robio Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:29:36 (comments: 6)
Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:12:59
But you do have options!

Phantasy Star 0 for the DS!

It's an MMORPG-lite. You can play with Ask and I (and eventually Vader)... and best of all:

Next time you go to McDonald's, you can take your DS with you to play while you wait on line! How cool would that be?

You can dress up in a pink Spiderman costume, put on a Sega t-shirt over that, wear red, high-top Sonic sneakers; you can secretly be wearing a Nintendo-thong underneath it all...

C'mon tell me that wouldn't be AWESOME?!

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:30:55
It's a lovely option, but I never really liked the Phantasy Star games. I've tried several times, but it's never clicked. Though I must admit I never pass up an excuse to go to McDonalds dressed in my pink Spider-Man costume.  Maybe I'll just go there an play Mario Kart instead.
Wed, 18 Nov 2009 04:35:22
Play WoW. Easily the easiest MMO to get out of that I've played TBH.
Just stay away from FIFA.
Wed, 18 Nov 2009 07:29:15
Stop. Your Harvest Moon leanings indicate that you are someone with an inability to control compulsive behavior. DO NOT START AN MMORPG.
Wed, 18 Nov 2009 13:06:46
MMOs are certainly something you devote yourself to for a good amount of time and the persistent online aspect is certainly a nice change of scenery. I've become a fanboi of space action MMOs like Jumpgate which has a sequel coming out probably next year. The thing I dislike about MMORPGs is the reliance on stats and the grinding to stay competitive against others.
Wed, 18 Nov 2009 19:24:10
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