Now, before I write a second story bricks post tomorrow and before I write a desperately needed "Choice II" post, here's what I came to think about while I was trying to decide which game to play this evening. I ended up writing this blog post ...
Most people like to jump into games and just have fun. It's no different for MMORPG players. Sure, we also like to 'work' for a goal that is worth it (and non-frustrating and keeps the mind busy), but sometimes we, too, just want to have fun.
Of course, we are still starved for a MMORPG that feels worth our time investment. So just like everybody else, I have been playing other games recently. Deus Ex 2 and Crysis 2 were good games, but I finshed them very fast. Playing a second time is difficult as I am bored by the stories.
So my main game for the last few months whenever I “just wanted to have fun” was Civilization V. Thank god they didn't add a developer-made story there yet! But all this games-playing leaves a sad taste in my mouth. I feel like I am getting nowhere. Like I am not investing in something. And of course my feelings are perfectly correct; I am not.
For MMORPGs this means that they can and should offer short-term distractions, like grinding mobs, doing BGs or questing. And if these isolated activities are fun in themselves that's great. But what really makes the difference is that I feel like I am building something.
This not only keeps the mind busy (anticipation of future rewards/fun – very powerful!). It also increases the value of my goals. But I don't want to get too technical in this post. I just wanted to tell you that all the games on my computer feel like meaningless distractions right now. And I am not used to that after half a decade of MMORPG playing.