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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 8:13AM Malaman said

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Good Question. I'm trying for years to become a former MMO Player. I think GW2 will be my last try.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:21AM Tizmah said

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@Malaman Yup, if Guild Wars 2 ends up boring me, then I give up on the genre. There's no hope then.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 12:55PM (Unverified) said

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@Malaman

I think this is majority feel right now, MMO players want a game with more depth, detail, top graphics, insane gameplay. An all we get is these false pretenders; like a cracker jackbox, with different packaging and same lack luster prize.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 6:19PM Lumin said

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@Malaman Exactly this. I'm currently technically not on hiatus because I spend time with my guildies and friends on GW1, but I'm not playing really hardcore or anything either. I'm done with my HoM and have pretty much everything I want in the game. I will be going into GW2 with more or less the same group of people.
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Posted: Feb 6th 2012 2:27PM (Unverified) said

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This, and for me the prize is the gameplay.

I love being in MMO worlds: the settings, the art, the lore, the stories, the characters, the weapons, the crafting. The world then takes on a lot of meaning when that world is shared by other players. I love helping others I find in game, coordinating with a guildmate to get potions made for a raid, watching others show off their loots. I like the out of game character preparation, finding where to get upgrades and theorycrafting.

I loved Rift for all those reasons, and left because the big epic world events were really just mindless spamming of the same few buttons for fifteen minutes. I am really loving SWTOR, but I get nervous when I find myself staring at the action bar for an entire fight instead of the game world.

So, I really love the IDEA of all these games, it's just that the actual execution of them doesn't hold up. (Though, can anything really be designed to hold our attention for as many hours as we play these things?) So, even when on a hiatus, I'm following news, listening to podcasts, and reading discussions.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2012 4:13AM BarGamer said

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@Tizmah I agree, if GW2 flops, I'm going to quit MMOs forever, until they come up with full-experience VR.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2012 5:50PM Allegos said

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@Malaman I am in precisely the same boat.

I was going to at least hold out in Azeroth until GW2 launched, maybe do some LFR raids and roleplaying. Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street's recent mea culpa blog post about how he and his design team can't pick a direction and stick to it was the last piece piece of the puzzle I needed to see before I could finally say goodbye to it. It's a ship without a rudder.

If ArenaNet can't show me something better, I'm done with MMO's.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 8:15AM (Unverified) said

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Use to be a WoW player, end game was fun the first few times but then it became too much effort for too little reward. Tried to keep myself busy (but surprisingly there's not a lot else to do except gear/collectable grinding), and then in the end the attitude of community was what finally drove me away (I really hate PUGs).
Of course I haven't gone completely cold turkey, I'm still cruising the F2P scene mostly into Black Prophecy and Fallen Earth lately but at most a few hours a week.
Still visit massively of course in case a new titles appears, or on any new Guild Wars 2 info (really looking out for that one).

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 8:22AM Malaman said

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@(Unverified) I'm like you. Playing WoW from 2006 to 2011 and I finally got out, bored of the same content with new skins, same bosses mechanics, nothing really exciting about PvP... I tried RIFT for 5 months, but got bored quick cause my friends still playing WoW. Now, i'm waiting for D3 to buy some time till GW2. I think the industry of MMO never got the feedback from players and put that into a game.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 9:59AM TryHardSasquatch said

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@Malaman

I'm exactly the same. I played WoW since it came out but only up til 2010. When Cataclysm was coming out I decided to just say screw it because WotLK was just once of the worst expansions of a videogame I've ever played (surprising since BC is one of the best). I got Rift when it came out but died on me pretty quick due to a relationship. It's around the time where i dont need to devote 100% of my time to that anymore so I'm getting back into the MMO scene. Just started up Rift again so I have something to do up until GW2 comes out. Rift is actually a really amazing game and I think a lot of people haven't realized that. Although Tera has been tickling my fancy a lot recently and might end up trying it.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 1:02PM Malaman said

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@TryHardSasquatch I'm out of of RIFT about 4 months, but they are doing a really good job on that game, 11 patches of content, without any + U$! (WoW Devs should learn it).

Now i'm out of MMOs, playing Battlefield 3 to spend time and waiting for D3, looking for GW2.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2012 6:36PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) In the end it's always the community that drives people to and away the fastest.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 8:16AM ArtemisX said

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my MMO hiatus: i found a game i loved, sandbox style, had quests, crafting, economy, interesting combat system, community spirit...lightsabers... played for ages (as it was gradually and sadly simplifed...then recently shut down). since it started dying i tried to find a similar replacement for it. 3-4 years later and i'm still waiting, burned by more failed mmo's than i can count. Games have come and gone in that time that had interesting elements but no whole package.

SWG just can't be replaced

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 8:26AM mogchar said

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Being a casual gamer (at this time in my life) it seems like I'm on haitus most weeks from Monday thru Friday. I hope it never becomes more permanent then this. The genre has so much to offer; I can't wait to see what's coming over the next 5-10 years.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 8:33AM Corso said

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I am on hiatus, but not by choice. See, I'm a rare breed in the MMO world: a console gamer. Many will say that an MMO can't be done correctly on consoles. As a former player of EQOA and Final Fantasy XI for many years, I respectfully disagree.

The issue now is the lack of promised console MMO's. Yes, I've played DCUO and while it COULD be a good game, there are too many things wrong with it, even with the F2P option. We never got Age of Conan, LOTRO, DDO, or Champions Online like we were told. So far, all I see are shooter MMO's like Dust 541 on the horizon. (I'm withholding judgement on FF14 on PS3, as I'm thinking by the time it releases, it'll be too little too late.)

Here's to hoping I can get back in... someday.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 8:39AM demondred79 said

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I've played dozens of MMOs, from WoW to Black Prophecy to a myriad of F2P. You know what we've really been playing all this time folks? Farmville. That's right Farmville on a larger scale with a more refined illusion. The illusion itself? A treadmill. We were all running in place, when we thought we were "progressing" to something greater. On some level all modern video games have qualities that drag out content with fluff, but not the slap-in-the-face style of MMOs.

To me they're really an elaborate To-Do List of things to accomplish rather than something we are truly playing. However, if you were to sum them ALL up, there really is enough creativity present to make one game we all want to live in and play forever....we just need a studio that will RISK it instead of playing it safe with investor dollars and lying about how "innovative" it's going to be....when it's still Farmville....

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 8:39AM Deliverator said

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I still have some subs, but haven't played anything in over a week. The hype/drop of SWTOR did me in. i almost preordered Tera last night so I could check out the beta, but I'm afraid I'd be paying at least $50 for just a beta. I'm just really, really burnt out on quest hub to quest hub errand based game play. I feel like I've done the same thing over and over and over just with different skins.

I'm not sure what I'm looking for. I got tired of chopping trees and going through unfinished UI menus or I'd say a sandbox. Maybe a polished sandbox? I've been playing Skyrim again.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 8:42AM Cyclone Jack said

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Never *really* on hiatus. ;) Luckily, a number of MMOs that I was either somewhat interested in, or had previously subscribed, have gone Freemium, so I occasionally jump back into DDO, LotRO, AoC, EQ2, STO and CoH from time to time. I'll have to get FE reinstalled to see how they have come along, and I'll give Rift a second look once it's 1-20 is opened up. However, I am currently not subbed to any game at the moment. With GW2 on the horizon, I think I'll stick to sub-less games for a while (unless Rift somehow hooks me, which is unlikely). There is a wide variety, and most can be played with minimal investment.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 8:44AM The Ogre said

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Just burnout, mostly, is why I'm on hiatus from the two I played regularly, plus WoW.

With 6 of my 10 characters in Guild Wars having beaten the three campaigns and the expansion, and me getting extra-frustrated with the GW Beyond content (mainly due to being mostly made of spawns that make the ones in the Underworld and Fissure of Woe and the other elite areas seem like wimps - I don't mind wiping once or twice in a quest, but wiping every second or third spawn got to be intolerable), and with about 3 years on my main, it was pretty much inevitable for me to leave. Now I mainly check the wiki every week to see if Nicholas the Traveller needs something I know I have, and only logging in if he does.

CoH just got boring once the Incarnate system was added and they basically said "Screw you!" to those who preferred to solo or work in small groups and made it so that the only way to progress was in teams of 8 or higher to raid with. Most new content being storebound once the game went freemium definitely didn't help matters.

As for World of Warcraft, well, I gave it a try again (WotLK was only a few months old the previous time I'd played, but I only had TBC) after Cataclysm hit and they had free reactivations for a week or two. Burnt out after getting an Undead Hunter from 1 to 20 in two evenings of play and only encountering a single other person in all of Silverpine Forest thanks to the phasing, though I was playing in prime-time. It was my 3rd or 4th character started during that week of evenings... Yes, Cataclysm caused burnout by extreme boredom.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 8:52AM The Ogre said

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@The Ogre Oh, wait. I forgot about 3 months of Rift played between my attempt at getting back into WoW and going back for the last couple of months of CoH. Everything just seemed so samey in it (no interesting monsters, meh landscapes, few actual differences between the classes thanks to the massive amounts of role overlap, etc.) that it was hard to keep going...

The rifts themselves and the constant zone invasions didn't help matters, either. No fun having to wait either of those out, but only slightly less fun than actually participating in the damned things. If WoW had such things, at least you'd have a choice of zones to switch to at each level range...
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