So I’ve still been jumping into division occasionally, not as much as the weeks before but enough to do a couple dailies, a little dark zone, and make some small progress. I believe the 2 updates will be coming soon although I can’t really see myself purchasing the underground one at the moment, and maybe not ever.
I can not recommend Steamworld Heist enough at the moment. I random pick i purchased recently and onyl got around to playing this weekend and sustained my interest enough to finish it as well. Based on the steamworld franchise of various bots, a steampunk aesthetic, and a rather cute design style that they have done before although this time it is a rather fun and interesting team-based strategy game.
Something that always seems to happen to me after quitting an mmo is going through a reflective period for a month or so afterwards, or sometimes more depending on how much I played and for how long. After spending so much time both playing and thinking about just one game it’s no wonder that you don’t really stop afterwards.
Black Desert Online was my recent bout of mmo monogamy and even after stopping playing over a month ago I have been reflecting on what went wrong for me, what I enjoyed, and what could be improved. It doesn’t seem to be that helpful overall as it is not something you are able to change, and since you have stopped it is pretty meaningless as well. However I do think most of us who go through that reflective phase secretly wish these mmo’s would enact such changes so we could, inevitable go back to enjoy ourselves once more.
We love the mmo’s we play, sometimes too much and it is sad in certain ways to be away from them so we watch, critique, and argue around the issues we see.
I also think we reflect on these things afterwards as a way of learning more about ourselves and our own interests. Even after all this time playing mmo’s I still don’t exactly know what I want from them. I’ve narrowed down the basics, and certain foundational principles I’d like to see but the specific details are a little harder to realise. It’s also learning how these mechanics interact together in play, game play elements I might really enjoy sometimes become less so when changed, warped or inhibited but other mechanics around them. It changes them too much.
I enjoy grind for instance, bit when Rng is too punishing, and the content it leads to absent it becomes something I dislike. I enjoy questing and delving into the story of mmo’s, but not when it is forced upon me. It is these kind of things you learn over time through experience and I guess that’s why each new mmo iteration still interests me, as even if it is not something I enjoy or keeps me interested for long I will inevitably learn more about my myself in the process.
The other element that always seems to pop up during this time of reflection of regret. Regret at the things in game I might have missed out on. The higher levels of PvP I never reached, the gear I didn’t attain or that cute costume. Sometimes it is the experiences and events that happen afterwards as well, things my friends and guild it’s talk about, or that I read in the patch notes. Mostly though it is regret about how much time I spent playing these mmo’s.
Because of my monogamous mmo nature I spend countless hours within these mmo’s of liver the weeks and months to the point of often playing nothing else. I regret that a little. I regret missing out on the other games that were released, or not finishing those I was playing previously. Not playing the games my friends, twits, and bloggers are talking about and well, all the other things I could have been doing with my time as well.
It isn’t enough to stop me from doing it all over again when the next shiny comes along but it’s still there, and will continue to happen each time.
So after many years of leading The Division on hold I’ve finally gone back to it and trying make some actual progress. When I started playing it was with a regular group and we began levelling up together although, after they stopped though I just didn’t have the motivation anymore. I began playing BDO and kind of forgot about it from then on. Fast forward a couple months and I’m back again although, while I’m still having a fair bit of fun, the same issues that were ruining it a little before are still there. In fact, sometimes it feels like it’s gotten a little worse.
Well, the spectacle that the Electronic Entertainment expo has come and gone for another year and once again I became a little enveloped by the hype. I can’t help myself. Most seem to get a little sarcastic and pessimistic about it all as we have seen the same hype cycles over and over again. The same system of hyping games, and showcasing amazing experiences and features that ultimately disappoint in the end. They simple just can’t live up to the hype they, and we create.
I always look beyond that for some reason though and can revel in whats being showcased now rather than any, imagined future disappointment. I also know that at least some of these games will be the amazing experience we hope, and a few will go beyond our expectations as well. so, without further preamble here are the many games I was excited to see at E3