I put up a comment on MMOQuest for Stargrace's post..Random Bits
"Tipa and I were talking about how EQ2 is “home base” for both of us. We may play other games, and I certainly do wander but when all is said and done we both end up back in EQ2 - and happily so. "
And I started to wonder if I had a home.
And then it struck me when I posted in her comments there.
I am use to the mentality that games are meant to be WON. They END. You have a goal.
And maybe this is the issue with MMO's in general. None ever have an ending per se...
They are an endless grind, just like life...
I happen to already have one of those. (Yes...I really do...)
And this is my concern. Maybe this is why one MMO has never been my "home" game. Many can keep my interest, yet, I have never gotten to end game of any MMO...
Except Guild Wars. And surprise...it has an END.
I can look my list of previous PC, Playstation, Xbox and 360 games that I have COMPLETED, and I feel I accomplished something.
Maybe this IS the problem with MMO's for many is that every day you come back and do the same things as before. Unique features will only pop up so many times, then you just rinse and repeat.
What goal am I achieving? Achievement systems seem to be going in place in some games, and that is a cool option...titles also. Items become goals. Housing and Guild Halls in some games.
Raids? Are these final goals? Nothing seems final about these options though.
I guess I am confused over when the RIGHT time is that I can say..I accomplished something in that game..
I can rarely say that for an MMO.
"I made it 8 months in that game" ...THAT is an achievement?
What is your main goal besides entertainment in an MMO?
I like to be entertained by movies...but they end.
TV Shows? They end each week...but, the serialization gives a finished effect...
Novels? End...until the next book...but, you accomplished something by reading that novel.
This is a strange ponderance and something that niggles at the back of my mind.
Have you thought about this?
Is the only reason we play to maybe socialize? Could we not do this in just another chat room?
Food for thought as I head to bed.