That’s a question I get all the time, especially because I’m very critical of modern MMOs, the people who play them and the complete waste of time most of them have become. You’d think that, since I don’t really like them as they are, that I should just go play something else, right? It’s been suggested time and time again by people who, I’m sure, are plenty sick of hearing me point out the numerous flaws in pretty much every game out there, but you know what keeps me playing MMOs, at least the little bit that I still do?
MMOs are about the only thing out there with the wealth of content that I want.
See, I realized a long time ago that I like single player games a lot more than I like MMOs. The reasons for this vary, single player games tend to be a lot more polished, they tend to be a lot better written, have superior storylines, etc. They also lack one of the biggest frustrations I face in gaming, stupid people playing the game. Case in point, I mentioned this in a previous post, but I’ve been farting around in a free browser MMO called Dino Storm. One of the things that I complained about is the free-form asshattery that is PvP in that game, there are no controls over who can kick the crap out of another player, high level characters can, and do, run around and kill low level characters over and over and over and there’s really nothing that they can do except buy continual PvP protection, which gets expensive. I wouldn’t say if there was a limit, maybe within 5 levels, outside of which you couldn’t attack another player, but that’s not how the game is and there are a lot of very high level characters who hang around specifically waiting for anyone to show up without protection so they can stomp on them. It’s childish, you find all kinds of complaints on public channels, telling these asshats on dinosaurs to leave them the hell alone. You can only listen to that for so long before you get on there and add your voice to the calls for the mental midgets to back off. I ran into someone in the game that seemed to have the same opinion as I did, who, like me, said he’d never join a clan because the clans seem set up around this kind of douchebaggery and I refused to take part. He said he did too. Things were cool until he started his own clan, ostensibly to give people a place where such things didn’t happen, only to go and turn into a massive douchebag himself. He was suddenly the one on the public channels that people were complaining about, the one that was laughing at people when he kicked their asses, etc. That was right when I gave him a piece of my mind and threw him into my ignore list. There are assholes everywhere, even where you least expect it. I don’t want to play with assholes at all.
So that brings us right back around to what I want. I want a single player experience. No other players, no online connectivity, just me, playing against the environment. But unfortunately, most single player games are short, you can finish them in a week or two, just playing a few hours here and there. Then they’re over and you have nothing more to do until the next game comes out and these things just don’t come out that fast. A mere handful per year at best, leaving me without anything to play for the majority of the time. I’d kill if Bungie would put out a Halo game with continual updates. I’d even pay them $15-20 a month for it. Just keep me in new content all the time and I’d be a happy guy! That’s content, not mindless grinding, not random missions, I mean actual, programmed, designed, professionally-made content that I can consume at my own pace and never run out. That’s a hard thing to do, I know, but if I could have that, I’d never step foot on another MMO as long as I live.
And that’s really what I’d like to do, get out of the MMO rat race forever. If I wanted to PvP, I’d be playing Call of Duty or Planetside 2, which I did play for less than a day before I deleted it. It was just assholes ganking each other. Not interested. I just want a fun gaming experience where I can go out, interact with the game world and have a good time. That shouldn’t be too much to ask but apparently it is if you want more than a couple of good games a year. That leaves me with MMOs and trying to avoid the idiots and the gankers and the other assorted asshats so I can get the content that I want and leave the rest behind. Too bad this will likely never change in the future.