I’ve played MMO’s since the days of Ultima Online in the late 1990’s, a long…long time ago! Whether it’s World of Warcraft, Everquest I or II, Warhammer, Guild Wars, Anarchy, Lineage, Archlord, Age Of Conan, I could go on and on….
I’ve come to the conclusion that we are a curious type of hybrid player when it comes to the type of games we play and more importantly, our loyalty to the game or genre we choose to play.
We are a fickled assortment of game players also! We sometimes will repeat the same habits/behavior over and over again!
For example…we will play a particular game, fall in love with it, invest hours/days/months, if not years to it.
We will immerse ourselves into the lore of the game. We establish close friendships with our fellow players and literally bond with the game.
We will create a character; pick the class, race, gender of our avatar! Carefully and meticulously level the character, choose what attributes and skills that best coincide with our play-style.
Then the hype of a new game begins. The game developers try to entice us away from the comfort and familiarity of the game will have come to know and love but sometimes without realizing it, have become complacent or even bored with it.
MMO players are like cattle sometimes, are looking for greener pastures to graze on, unfortunately we discover that it isn’t always the case.
We flock back to the same pastures time and time again once we figure out that the new, lush, green fields that looks so alluring really isn't all that great. Some, of course, will stay. Many will come back and others yet again will sod off from the entire genre.
I guess in the end….it’s just the “human” nature of things!