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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 8:22AM Bartlebe said

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Actually, I keep it fairly simple. Whenever I get bored with whats going on, I quit. Tired of running instances in WoW or their little BG's for the1000th time? Time to quit.

I rarely play things if i'm bored by them.

Posted: Nov 28th 2010 10:00AM Arkanaloth said

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@Bartlebe

Agreed. This is when it's time to move on.. when it becomes "Something you do" instead of "Something you enjoy", time to find a new game.
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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 7:16PM xBludx said

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@Bartlebe

Exactly. Pretty much when I finally ground all my pvp gear in WoW and started to have fun in the BGs, it was all made obsolete with the next patch. I realized...duh...so this is what it's all about.

When I had that epiphany (it was my first mmorpg, people), I was done with the game.

Now I like to play a game where that doesn't happen (i.e., the hamster treadmill).
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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 8:25AM nacht said

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Hi, first time poster, several-month-long reader. I love checking news and things here. Good job!

Regarding the first half of the question, I've tried a bunch of F2P MMOs and done a handful of trials in the last 3 or 4 months to sample the kitchen. Two things turn me away real fast. One is when I feel I've come up against the "F2P wall," which is that point when it starts seeming quite pointless and painful to continue playing without buying something from the store or subscribing. I felt this in EQ2 Extended with the limited bag space and chatting options, and it got real annoying by level 15 or so, so I stopped. It's good though, stopping is, because then I can try the next game out. LotRO has similar restrictions, but they don't feel as cumbersome and it's actually the first trial/F2P game I'm willing to pay some money for.

On the other side of the coin, I keep a subscription to WoW because I always MIGHT play it. I've played pretty actively for most of the 4.5 years I've paid for it. I've canceled it for long vacations and times when I knew I wouldn't play for a month or two. But finally, finally around September this year, I was going to cancel, but then my friends that play were all getting hyped up by Cataclysm, and I realized after raiding so much this expansion, that I actually really like my guild mates and not talking to them, I actually miss them around. So I've kept the account and decided to buy Cataclysm because I'm sure I'll like playing more WoW like always (and I love what I've seen of the new broken Azeroth so far), and because I like the people I know face to face and online that are continuing to play. I have enjoyed not raiding for the last 3 months though. All of a sudden I have a lot more free time...to play other games.

My girlfriend told me a couple years ago, "You know, if we keep dating, you're going to have to stop playing WoW." I laughed at her then (choosing girlfriends vs games discussions aside), but I've been thinking about this recently, and yeah, I'm sure I will stop one of these days. I wonder if I'll just substitute it with something else though. And just thinking about stopping is easy, but what happens when the servers actually shut down? That'll be a long time away, but think about those long-time EQ players, or people who played any other online game that just ceased to exist. I mean, what's that like?

Posted: Nov 28th 2010 9:51AM Birk said

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@nacht:

Welcome to the site mate.

And when it comes to girlfriend vs. WoW, make sure you take the girlie every time. Your purple epics won't keep you warm at night.

That said, you can still keep playing; just become more casual about it. I remember when my girl and I had the "Four hours a night on MMOs is ridiculous" conversation. It ticked me off at the time, but then I realized...she's right.

So I sneak in an hour or two every few days; sometimes if it's a weekend, I'll take my four hours. But eveything else tends to take priority above that.

Anyways, just my point of view! Not a lecture!

-Birk
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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 10:08AM Birk said

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@nacht

PS - Hope I'm not getting too long winded here. Great tip for diffusing girlfriend aggro if you're on a game. The second she says something, or engages you, turn around and talk to her. If your character is going to die...well, screw it and take the corpse run. Talk to her, take out the trash, and come back.

She'll stop seeing the game as competition for your attention, and she won't complain about it nearly that much.

Therefore...it's probably best to raid when you're alone ;)

-Birk

(sorry for the harping, it's just an issue I dealt with for a long time and it seems to be rounding out happily now)
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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 7:37PM xBludx said

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@Birk

Well said.
I would rather be with hot GF than pixels any day of the week.
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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 9:11AM Doba said

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For me it was when I did most of all the content in City of Heroes and after playing for the year it was just too old and boring. It was time to move on but it was hard because my supergroup was basically family and it is my First MMO so I had a lot of memorys built up.

Posted: Nov 28th 2010 9:50AM Dumac said

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I guess when i feel like i've gotten all i could have from a particular game, that playing it further doesn't bring any sense of progression towards something meaningful, when ive seen all of its tricks or at least seen enough to convince me that whats left can't really surpass the previous ones.

When the game changes in the direction i do not like, or even doesn't change enough...

Posted: Nov 28th 2010 10:08AM LinChow said

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Actually, now that you asked...
Many of the people that I associate with as well as myself are seriously considering calling it quits on EvE Online because of this new expansion. We like play EvE but when it comes to have a role play scenerio forced on us, we aren't interested. If we wanted to have stuff forced on us, we would be being playing WoW.

LinChow

Posted: Nov 28th 2010 10:18AM Birk said

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@LinChow

Just curious...what new expansion. Incarna? That's a long ways off.

It's pretty hard to force RP on anyone. And with the majority of the playerbase being the way it is...I highly doubt we'll see RP in the majority -any- time soon.

Nevermind being forced.
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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 10:19AM Birk said

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@LinChow

Just curious...what new expansion. Incarna? That's a long ways off.

It's pretty hard to force RP on anyone. And with the majority of the playerbase being the way it is...I highly doubt we'll see RP in the majority -any- time soon.

Nevermind being forced.

-Birk
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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 10:55AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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@LinChow

I quit EVE after CCP released their plan for the upcoming 18-months of development/expansions - nthere was just nothing there that interested me at all - it was mostly non-PvP type chages (Incarna being the most useless feature of them all) and there was nothing about iterating the Sovereignty mechanism (but there was a lot about iterating the Planetary Interactions further) or 0.0/lowsec PvP.

So, I decided to vote with my wallet and see if something else would pique my interest - leaving after 4 years of playing wasn't easy, I've made many friends during my time in EVE (it's extremely social game, as it's not easy to solo, people have to do things together), but in the end it's just a game - it's supposed to be entertaining and as much as EVE 0.0 Alliance warfare is entertaining "player generated content", it's not really enough to compensate for the unfinished/broken/retarded Sovereignty features and the promise of not doing anything about it for 18 months.


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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 10:58AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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@Birk

He's talking about the Sansha turdwagon that's supposed to hit us in Incursions.
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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 10:08AM Henthor said

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My standards are really very simple:
Not feel obliged to do or accomplish something that I would not want to,
after all I play for the fun and healthy taste of my competitions.
Not have a button facebook, twitter or other associate, if I want I can very well go to, or use such programs without ruining my game experience.
for everything else - support, support, support.

Posted: Nov 28th 2010 10:30AM Buzz Killington said

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Perhaps I'm one of the people who have grown weary with MMOs in general, since none of them offer anything radically different. Quest until endgame, then repeat the same stuff over and over.

Called it quits on WoW because it got too repetitive, same for most other MMOs.

Posted: Nov 28th 2010 2:37PM Waxil said

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@Buzz Killington I'm with you. Even though I like some of the basic concepts of an mmo that do not exist in other genres at some point you just kind of .. have a realization/awakening about the nature of MMO design. Once it hits you (and you accept it) it can't really be undone and the ability to enjoy them pretty much goes out the window, making them feel like chores and work.
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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 3:04PM Buzz Killington said

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@Waxil Yeah, couldn't agree more. I'm hoping SWTOR does something to shake that feeling. It's still going to have to prove itself.
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Posted: Nov 28th 2010 10:39AM archer75 said

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When i'm bored. Simple as that. I don't do repetitive things so endgame tends to bore me quickly. I enjoy leveling though.

Posted: Nov 28th 2010 11:05AM Audacious said

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If I don't care for the direction a game is going, I stop playing it. I also stop playing it if it isn't looking to innovate itself in any way in the coming future.

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