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Posted: Aug 25th 2011 3:15PM Tezcatli said

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So burned out on WoW right now. Playing STO instead thanks to the alienware promotion. Still raid with my friends, since BC, Tao-Haomarush, ghetto dead server.

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 3:20PM phatbhuda said

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I find it's important to not look at your time spent playing MMOs as an investment. You're supposed to be playing a game to have fun.

It's a lot easier to walk away from a game if you realize you're not having fun anymore and that's okay.

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 3:36PM h4ngedm4n said

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Great article, Justin. This article pretty much summarizes how I approach playing MMOs as well. It can work for everyone, not just married people with familial obligations. I'm single, have TONS of free time, and find that Justin's approach is the way to go.

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 3:43PM SnarlingWolf said

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I'm currently on essentially a 2 year MMO vacation.... because no one is releasing anything good.

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 9:06PM Eric Francis said

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@SnarlingWolf Thats what needs to happen, too many games right now offering nothing but same ole. Theyre getting too greedy as well, makin us pay for parts of the game that should be part of the main package.
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Posted: Aug 25th 2011 3:48PM madcartoonist said

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Just remember it is OK to stop playing for awhile. And if it turns out that "awhile" becomes forever that is OK too as some games will lose their luster over time. I group my MMOs into genres so that even though they aren't that different they do feel a little different. Like superhero, sci-fi, fantasy type MMOs. This has become even easier with a number of MMOs going F2P as you don't have to keep subscribing and unsubscribing. Also it really comes down to who you play with. If you have a great group of friends to always play with you can probably keep to one game for a long time. i have had games were i kept the subscription going just because I enjoyed talking about pointless things with the guild members.

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 3:51PM Halldorr said

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Fantastic article, as someone who is suffering some pretty heavy duty burnout right now I can certainly relate to the article. I am also finding out though that these game announcements followed by lengthy periods before release are also contributing to this overall issue for myself.

Finally removed WoW and have just been fiddling around with Clone Wars Adventures and some Age of Conan right now...

Posted: Aug 26th 2011 6:54AM mysecretid said

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@Halldorr

Regarding the "announcements, then the lengthy wait", I'm thinking that SWTOR is the guiltiest culprit of the bunch right now.

They do so many "reveals", so often now, I'm tired of it. It's not even a question of whether the game will be good or not, I'm simply sick of the hype. I want to say, "Just release the game, or shut up `til it's ready!" :-)

Of course, now that I think about it, Guild Wars 2 is starting to get evil in this same way as well.

There comes a point where all the previewing just starts to feel annoying; where one's response shifts to "Come back when you have something I can actually play -- otherwise, piss off" :-)

Cheers!
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Posted: Aug 25th 2011 3:55PM Janitor said

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Pork Chop Sandwiches!

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 4:06PM KDolo said

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@Janitor

Body Massage?
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Posted: Aug 26th 2011 12:47AM Janitor said

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@KDolo Jamacian Man In The Window!
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Posted: Aug 25th 2011 4:20PM Ardra Diva said

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It's a wonderful game, and I'm a huge apostle for it, but I confess I'm a bit burned out on LOTRO.

Pining for the "next big thing", but the last few "next big things" (Rift, STO, and sorry, probably TOR) have been letdowns for me.

Maybe The Secret World will get me excited about MMOs again.

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 4:31PM ScottishViking said

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@Ardra Diva

I've just come out of a "burn-out" period with LOTRO (and am loving it again), but I'm pretty much on the same level as you. I will definitely give TOR a go, but nothing I have seen so far makes me think it's a fundamental shift or a "next big thing."
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Posted: Aug 25th 2011 4:24PM jeremys said

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Great article, Justin.

My panacea is to frequently flit between many different activities. That's why I prefer MMOs that actually have many different activities.

I abhor the repetition that can come from running the same dungeon over and over, but it doesn't mean I don't return on occasion.

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 4:32PM NeverDeath said

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I have a top 1 for dealing with burnouts : Play something else. Another MMO, a non-MMO, whatever. I'm always playing something, because I'm a gamer. It doesn't have to be an MMO, in fact some of my favorite games of all time (most of them really) are not MMOs. I think thanks to WoW there are a lot of MMO players who consider themselves gamers, when all they've ever played are MMOs. If I get sick of MMOs, I play or do something else, another MMO or not, it just depends on what I want to do. I don't understand the idea of investment in an inconsequential and unimportant video game world overriding the desire to enjoy yourself. They should either coincide with one another, or you are going about it all wrong.

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 5:00PM Reverend St Jay said

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My trick to game jumping/MMO Hiatus taking has been to send myself an email with what I was currently working on before I took the break, and what my originally planned next steps were going to be. In addition I generally tried to keep a running inventory of which alts were there to do what, and where all of my goodies were being kept.

Write all of that down, send it to yourself in an email, put that email in your 'Hiatus' folder. Doing this makes the thought of leaving the game much less daunting as you know you can come right back and pick up where you left off (if you want to). And making the game easier to leave is definitely a bonus in avoiding burnout.

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 8:14PM Darkerson420 said

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@Reverend St Jay That's actually not a bad idea. There have been a few times I have taken an extended break from an MMO, come back, and completely forgot what the hell I was doing at the time.
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Posted: Aug 25th 2011 5:16PM Maraq said

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Great article!

All good advice for anyone not yet hit that wall and dealt with the annoyance of realising that game is not a game if it feels like work, and what to replce it with.

A lot of articles written about gaming life/philosophy/mmo feng shui what have you etc... can sound like an endless drone of platitudes. But this article is one to save to your browser favourites and reread occassionally.

Nice one Justin Olivetti :)

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 5:54PM DarkWalker said

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I go by a somewhat modified rule 2: I also look if doing something will avoid future frustration, given that I can be very picky and certain happenings can frustrate me quite a lot.

Otherwise, the article is mostly spot on about how I play (the fact I have 2 lifetime subs in different MMOs, plus an account in a MMO that does not charge subscriptions, and 2 discount rate ongoing subscriptions besides that, help in enabling me to rotate games).

Posted: Aug 25th 2011 6:00PM ArcherAvatar said

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Excellent article.
Personally, # 2 thru 5 are the important ones for maintaining enjoyment in my gaming time. I don't play multiple MMOs but I do maintain a diverse diet of other gaming types in addition to the MMO I'm dedicated to at the moment. (RTS, single player RPGs, etc)

Maintaining proper perspective is really the underlying message of the article, and is dead on accurate.

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