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I Won’t Get Back In

July 17th, 2008 · Joe · 8 Comments

When I first moved to New Hampshire; my girlfriend was still back in St. Louis, coming out a few months after me; I didn’t know anyone here; and it was winter. So my exploration of my surroundings were limited and usually short. It was damn cold! So, with so many friends having succumbed to WoW in the past, I picked up the $2 10-day trial. I played it all 10 days and a few days after signed up for a monthly account. I tried out every race (including the free trial of Burning Crusade) and every class at least once. I had toons ranging from 43rd to 5th level. I was a member of a few different guilds and played on a few different servers/server types (Killrogg, Silver Hand, etc).

A bunch of Podgies are joining the Pig and Whistle to play with Luke, and I will not be one of them. There are the regular reasons: better things to spend my money on, but they aren’t the reason I’m not going to play. I’m not playing because Massive Multi Online Role Playing Games lack one essential element that I need. Role playing. I have long criticized the moniker MMORPG because I don’t think there is any RP involved. You never are asked to make a choice based on character. You’re never given options at all. Every question involves you either taking something somewhere (incredibly irritating if you just came from there) or killing stuff, usually killing stuff. You have no response options to NPCs and cannot derive any outcome other than the linear quest-giving build they were designed for. The game is much more Diablo 2 than it ever was Warcraft, only using the Warcraft world–which may explain the “world of” in front, eh?

I have no interest in MMOs (I was going to play AoC because it was Conan, not because it was an MMO and now I wonder whether WAR will be worth my time since it will most certainly have the same failing) and will not until someone comes along and finally offers the RP in MMORPG. Until then, I hope you have fun, but you’ll find me elsewhere.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Luke // Jul 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Sweet! Joe’s not going to be there. That means we’ll have even more fun!

    One more reason to join up, everyone!

    ;)

    Just kiddin’, buddy.

  • 2 Joe // Jul 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    I hate you so much!

    :P

  • 3 Luke // Jul 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    That’s what you get for putting up a softball like that.

    It’s also what you get for turning what should be a reply into a blog post.

    That’s, right, I’m the Law Of The Internet! BOOYAH!

  • 4 Joe // Jul 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    My awesomeness can’t be contained by a simply reply. It needs its own space to shine.

  • 5 Joe // Jul 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    And you shouldn’t be capitalizing “of” or “the.” The “Law of the Internet” is correct. Clearly your lack of capitalization knowledge is representative of your lack of knowledge in other areas. :P

  • 6 Luke // Jul 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    When you’re the Law Of The Internet you make your own rules, man.

    Get with the program.

  • 7 Brian Johnson // Jul 20, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Joe, you’re absolutely correct that MMOs lack any inherent RP qualities. What they do offer that attracts me as a player are 1) a sense of exploration and discovery, akin to that found in reading a fantasy novel; 2) a tactics-based, test-of-skill gaming experience, against both computer- and player-controlled opponents; 3) a social group with which to share the experience of 1 and 2.
    This has been your daily overthinking of trivia. Thank you, come again!

  • 8 Joe // Jul 20, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    I loved exploring for awhile in WoW, but I got trapped in a few places that I wasn’t meant to get to. Then I found a little hut on top of a mountain, but couldn’t talk to the Tauren there. I had to run all the way to Ratchet, talk to a goblin who told me to go there, so that I could run all the way back so she would talk to me. That annoyed me to know end.

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