I've noticed a curious trend among the Massively staff when it comes to the Why I Play
column: The writers here tend to choose games you wouldn't necessarily expect them to choose. MJ Guthrie, who is the wind beneath our Wings Over Atreia
, wrote about why she plays the Secret World
. Patrick Mackey, our former Champions Online
caped crusader and lately our League of Legends legend
, wrote about why he plays Global Agenda
. Shawn Schuster, our boss-in-chief, wrote about the little MMO that could, WURM Online
. Jef Reahard, our stalwart sandbox supporter, wrote about Lord of the Rings Online
. And Larry Everett, our Jedi master, wrote about, well, Star Wars The Old Republic
, but my point is that the Why I Play column seems to be a place for us to write about the games we play when we're not "gaming."
That brings me to my choice for this week: Vindictus
. Each week, I express my fondness for RIFT
, EverQuest II
, and various kid-friendly MMOs, but about a year ago, I began to do an MMO walkabout and sampled a bunch of games, many of which I livestreamed with Massively's Jeremy Stratton. I really enjoyed most of the MMOs we played, but one that stood out for me was Vindictus
. There's something about the game that makes it my favorite game away from gaming, and I'll attempt to explain why in this week's Why I Play.