I’ve been meaning to engage with a few writing prompts going around of late but just haven’t had the urge. The writing bug is fleeting of late or more… pushed aside by gaming urges. The first one that took my fancy was about Gaming regrets at Bio Break as I have quite a few when it comes to mmo’s as I’ve missed, or neglected certain games and also missed out on a fair few before even getting into it.
I regret not trying games like UO when they were originally around. Sure there are still private servers running now but I don’t think they offer the same experience it was during its early years. Just that large, almost lawless world seems so amazing, so… exotic by today’s standards and something I really miss not being a part of.
Then there are the PVP mmo greats like Dark age of Camelot, or even Shadowbane which my guild continually talks about with that pining kind of voice – like every other PvP player of late. They sounded like some great, if not flawed mmo’s. And, they were mmos solely focused, developed and balanced around PvP as well which is something we really don’t see anymore. Well not until these crowdfunded games come out.
I regret my time spent in Wildstar. I know that sounds kind of silly to say as there really wasn’t anything else that interested me at the time but it was an mmo that I did spend a fair bit of time in yet enjoyed very little of it. I could have gone through my steam back log or something. It’s also an mmo, the mmo that made me really quite depressed about the state of mmo’s right now. We’ve had so many wow clones and yet here is another company that wants to try making basically the exact same thing – just in space. It’s maddening really and development that could have gone into something to enrich the genre rather than prove how mediocre it is.
I regret everything they’ve done with GW2 – I fucking loved the idea to that game. I loved the freedom and exploration orientated gameplay of going through zones even in the revised release version. It is something I think the industry was screaming out for – a more open mmo and yet they dun fucked it up.
I regret not spending more time with my guild in game. I’m not sure if it’s due to my insular personality, and the last year especially was a time where I just felt like doing my own thing but it’s still a regret. I enjoy playing with them, I miss playing and talking with them and I miss how enthusiastic they make me feel about mmo’s. A miss blowing whole guilds apart in PvP with them. I think it comes down to the state of mmo’s as they are right now and the lack of social mechanics; mechanics that draw people together as well as less restrictions to paying together and we are all still waiting for that time.
A big regret is also not playing Eve. I know that sounds stupid since it is still around, getting updates and such but at this stage in its development cycle I feel too intimidated to get into it. Players are far more progressed than I and with the time based Skill progression it’s a case of not being able to catch up, or get to a reasonable point in a reasonable time frame for me. If I could grind out skill points at this stage I’d feel far better about it, or at least grind out a certain quantity to catch up. It’s also the absolute cliff of learning that comes with it. It’s a game that seems to almost require all of your time in the beginning, and for a long time and that’s not something I feel like doing right now. There are so many other games to play; so many I own that haven’t and more to be released. I still regret it thoguh as it is the epitome of a sandbox right now. If only someone could clone it already. Maybe with a TSW skin please.
Following that thought on I regret not getting into and supporting The Secret World more than I have. It is an amazing story experience but yes, a lack luster mmo in my mind. Still, the updates have always been amazing. It is one of the better examples of ftp right now with some great cosmetics on the shop and … did I mention how good the story is.
Lastly I regret not commenting on more blogs. You guys and gals are awesome and have have so many saved in my feedly to visit and either comment, or reply to but I haven’t.