Most of us have been in the place when the mmo we are playing just ain’t fun anymore.
Most of the friends you have made are all still playing, but not as much as they once used to. You’ve also been thinking of leaving for such long now but you are invested in the game. All you seem to think about is the amount of time you have dedicated to playing and you hope things will get better, something beyond the next patch that will bring back the glory days of old.
I know I’ve been in this place a few times first being with Ultima Online followed by SWG. But never again will I be duped into thinking that I can’t leave for some obscure reason.
Now I’m not totally unsympathetic to the player that find themselves in this predicament, but really you need to wise up. I’ve now left so many mmo’s to date it no longer worry’s me. Yet this does not say that the fear of leaving your game, guild, friends and everything you have carved out in the world can’t be a very stressful time for you.
A good friend of mine recently got banned from WOW, I’m not sure how or why it is what it is. He’s has often left the game like many between patch updates only to return with a renewed vigor. Sure he went through a little panic stage which lasted a few days yet now he cares not a jot.
This is one way of doing things yet it’s normally not the best way. You really have to come to terms with the fact that you will never get the same feeling for the game again no matter how the tart the old thing up. One of the hardest things I have ever done was to delete my main char in Ultima who had around 200K minutes logged. After that the others came easy.
I still hung around the forums even tried my hand at being a Seer in-game (a lowby GM) yet once the fun of the game has left you, nothing can rekindle that flame. This is the right time to move on.
One thing I will say it you do get a real sense of well-being when you let the game go. You have to remember why you play games and in most cases it’s for the fun, getting a little release from the work and enjoy the company of like minder people. Once the game starts to feel like a job it gone past the point where it’s time to pack your virtual bag. Also you’ll not be doing yourself any good by jumping into another mmo.
Even if your last game has become an empty shell you will always compare it the glory days of old. Nothing can compete to the feeling you once had when you knew everything about the game and you guild was a well oiled machine. Of course not all games should be swept aside but mmo’s in general should be off the table for some time until you find yourself being grateful for leaving and you have validated those reasons.
Like I said before I no longer worry or procrastinate about leaving a game that has become stale. The thing’s that you tend to miss, like your friends are still in vent you can still hang out and have a good time. Without the need to have all the baggage of seeing the game you once loved turn to dust before your eyes. And believe me the loss you will feel on leaving can’t compare to watching something you once love turn to dust. Ask anyone who played SWG way back when and you’ll find out in no uncertain terms how it hit’s you when your game is dead and gone.
The easy way to do things is find something new. I know I said that you should stay clear of other mmo’s for a short time. Yet if you see your time playing as gaining as much fun as possible and see past what you are leaving behind in the way of levels, items and time spent, finding a new mmo can make the transition very painless.
I’ve played that many mmo now I can get the feel of them really quick within 1-2 hours if I’m not having fun I’ll move on. Ok some of you may say the fun begins at end-game, but why the hell should I have to wait to have my fun ?
I’m an alt-a-holic and as such if I do not like the leveling set before me the game is of little to no use for me. I don’t think I’ve had less that 6 alt + my main in any mmo gone by. I’m not sure if I’m along in my thinking here, but games as meant to be fun from the very first moment you step foot in them ?
If I have to wait for my fun I’m not staying around also if it stops being fun after playing for some time I also will find something else that can keep me entertained. The main thing to remember is am I having fun. If the answer is No then you know what to do. Never forget you are paying to be entertained if that is no longer happening Get Out !!!
I’m sure some other company will be glad to take your cash off you and who know you may start to enjoy yourself again.
Well good look in your transition.
Until we meet again MrWarlock Signing off.
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