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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:03AM Vinzix said

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There is a fail in this question. If you stay with a game, it's not that bad after all, no?

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 10:27AM Utakata said

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@Vinzix

...for those with a simple mind, yes.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:15PM Utakata said

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@Utakata

So I reply to an insulting question with something appropriate...and I get downgraded. Do you folks like questions like that? Bet you dollars for donuts you would be pretty upset if someone asked you question like that. Just saying.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 6:11AM lpetersson said

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@Utakata

Ahem, you were the one being insulting.
Vinzix made a pretty good observation. If you stay with a game, it can't really be that bad...
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 10:11AM Utakata said

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@lpetersson

And you're the one insulting our intelligence. Did you bother to read this:

"So I wonder how many of you have played or are playing a game you dislike, and why? Do you do it out of a sense of loyalty to friends and guildies, like I did? Do you suffer from the completionist's compulsion to finish everything he starts? Do you just want to make sure you've gotten your money's worth? Do you hold out hope that the game (or your tastes) will suddenly change? Or is there some other reason?"

...seems like reasonable reasons to stay in a game without actually liking it. But I see that's makes things too complicate in a world used to 8 bit troll bites. /shrug
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:08AM DarkWalker said

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Two things:

- Friends (and, in some very rare cases, community).

- Lack of good options.

It's why I'm most likely done with WoW as soon as TSW or GW2 launches. Not that it's a bad game, but it does too many things in ways I don't like, while both TSW and GW2 seem to hit my sweet spot. And Cataclysm has gotten most of my friends to leave WoW anyway, so I don't have friends holding me there anymore.

As for community, let me say that the only game that can hold me based on just the community is LotRO.

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:08AM Lt Cobalt said

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I think that's the reason many people play WoW still, not because they enjoy it per say, but because everyone else is playing it.

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:09AM valestorm said

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i think 90% of the time, the fiends i made, BEFORE starting to hate the game, hold me inside, even if i start to see every log-in as a huge effort. and the other 10%, i think it's because i honestly believe that the game has potential and some miracle from the sky can make it enjoyable (for me) again.
it was like this with legend of mir, lineage 1+2, wow, rift, a bunch of free to plays....damn friends and my optimistic nature make me play yet another month:)

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:11AM Dunraven said

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I stayed with WAR hoping that Games workshop would intervene; I stayed a little longer; because I was sure people as completely incompetent as Carrie Gouskos and Jeff Hickman would surely be fired.

I left right before Bioware sent Hickman to the server Room and Guskos and Barnett did their tour talking about how WAR and all MMO's sucked.

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:14AM Macabre 13 said

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I don't understand this concept...

The loyalty to friends/guild aspect I can relate to, but I still don't know why you'd continue playing a game you don't like. You can stay in touch with people outside of games quite easily these days.

My point is, if you don't play a game for fun, then what's the point? Just seems to me you're not exploring your options well enough, and are just relegating yourself to apathy.

The only legitimate reason I could see playing a game you don't like is if you played professionally for money, but I'd imagine that would be an extremely rare occurance, if it happens at all.

Any other reason seems quite ridiculous to me.

(PS: This is not meant to be directed at you, Brianna, just contemplating the topic.)

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 9:40AM OptimusPrimeisOP said

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@Macabre 13 To articulate it properly, the game is only fun when playing with friends. I would argue that most people play poker, chess, etc. not because it is fun to play by yourself (against a computer), but it is great with friends.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 10:09AM Macabre 13 said

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@OptimusPrimeisOP

But the question is "Why do you play *bad* games," not "why do you play games" in general.

The discussion involves playing games you think are bad and not fun, but you stick to it for one reason or another.

What you're talking about just involves the reason people might play games that aren't necessarily fun by themselves, but are enjoyable while playing with others. That's not what this article is asking.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:21AM PoisonFox said

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I stuck with STO for friends and lack of anything better to do. Once SWTOR came out I only go back to the bad game when something interests me, which doesn't look like it will be often this year.

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:25AM Traptz said

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What makes me stay with a bad game?

Nothing.

That's why I left SWTOR after the free month.



Posted: Feb 14th 2012 10:42AM Tizmah said

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@Traptz Why does Traptz get down rated? I see plenty of other people make jabs at other games, but knock SWTOR and people get offended.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 12:46PM Adeptus Enginus said

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@Tizmah

Cause' at the moment it's the big game you can't defend, lest you clearly be a "hater" and a "GW2 fanboi"

When GW2 actually comes out, the exact same thing will happen with it, and TSW, and Wildstar, and every other MMO under the sun that finds itself worthy of anybody's attention.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 4:05PM (Unverified) said

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@Adeptus Enginus

Nah, SWTOR engenders a special kind of disdain. GW2 and TSW may have their detractors, but without the complete and utter hubris of LucasArts and Bioware, coupled with the idiotic decision to kill SWG, I just don't think the hatred for those games will rise to the same intensity.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:26AM (Unverified) said

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I stuck with FFXI a lot longer than I should have. A lot of the shortcomings of that game were really brought to my attention when I picked up WoW at release. However, it also made me really appreciate the things that I think FFXI did well. I think the main things that kept me playing off and on for several years were the amazing community (moreso than any other online game I've played) and the mission stories - especially Chains of Promathia. FFXI has been the only game that has been really hard for me to quit for good.

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 9:00AM (Unverified) said

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Very good post. I had so many friends on FFXI it made it really hard to quit the game, but I eventually just got tired of it a while after ToAU from playing hardcore since the NA release. The game did soooo many things right too that now every game I play I can't help but think what they could adopt from FFXI to make it better.
That being said, I stuck with WoW a lot longer than I would have despite not being too interested in the game because 1) friends on there I wanted to talk to/hang out with, which yes you can do outside of game but people don't exactly frequent chat rooms and it's easier to chat on there than it is to send mass texts since I no longer live in the area; and 2) boredom. Even if an MMO isn't that good for me, I'll play it for something to do/as a timesink. There was a lot on WoW I just did not like or enjoy, but I played it anyway for what little entertainment I could glean.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:30AM MrDiamondJ said

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The word "bad" should probably be in quotes in this case, as it's really the perception of a game as "bad" that we're talking about here. Anyhoo...

I stuck with WAR long after I should have bounced because I was in a great guild, and when the game was good, it was REALLY good. Unfortunately, as time went on those really good times became less and less frequent, and eventually disappeared entirely. That's when my $15/month fee was no longer worth it. I also loved the Warhammer world, and WAR was my first real exposure to it, so there was definitely a novelty factor there.

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