First of all I would like to thank you all for remembering an old man like me and wishing me happy birthday, it was really nice to see that. And for those who asked, yes, it was a nice birthday, I could be with my friends and do awesome stuff. I don't like to have big drinking parties, so me and my friends were outside, played football, darts and just enjoyed being together. Quite good, I liked it.
Now, I have something to say and I would like to know what you guys and girls think about it and if you maybe even feel the same way. However I'm not sure that you have time or interest to read it, at least I can finally write it down.
And my rant begins...
Have you ever noticed that it is so cool to find something new. It doesn't really matter at the moment if its a website/game or even something else. Anyway. You can just feel that you can't get enough of this new thing and you would like to keep doing this new thing forever. So you do it and you get deeper and deeper into it. But suddenly, few months or a year later, maybe even sooner, you suddenly realize that you have gone do far with it and this original fun is gone.
I have a feeling that it isn't because you don't like this thing anymore but because you know do much about it. I think that this is a good place for a little example.
About few years ago, when it still was a new game, I started playing MMORPG Runes of Magic. It is quite similar to World of Warcraft but it is free to play and it isn't as big as World of Warcraft, well nothing is. So as always it was so exciting to start with a new game. At that point it felt like it will be a new chapter for the computer games I play. I hadn't played MMORPG's before and thats why it felt so good and new. If you have played online games before then you know the feeling. You look around and think "wow, this player has a cool robe" or "how can I get one of these mounts". Well, good feeling all around. Of course me being one of those nolifers at that time, I decided to level myself up as fast as possible. Actually, nolifer is a bit too much to say, I just enjoyed playing but I didn't play too much. Anyway. Soon I achieved level 10, then 20 and so on until few months later I reached level 50. At that time maximum level was 55 and all players who had 50+ were quite good. However, I had just enjoyed playing and didn't think about the MMORPG factor. I was a solo player who didn't have a decent gear. As I started this game with two of my gaming buddies then we didn't care about others that much.
Chapter 1. Its time to find a way downhill.
So, lets begin. As said before I was level 50 and soon level 53. At that point I realized that my gear was too weak for the enemies I was fighting with and I wanted to try out some harder instances. So I decided to invest some of my ingame gold to my gear and fun began. Before I knew it I had a quite good gear and I joined a guild. I was loving it. I started to notice some things I didn't like about this game but I didn't think about these things too much. It is a game after all and I could do things I wanted to do. But it didn't matter how much new stuff I had there, I still wanted more and there was always someone who had better gear for me. So normal playing ended and I started to farm things. If you don't know what farming in MMORPG is then it is mindless killing, just to get that one item you need and you usually don't stop before you get it. As I was a warrior then I really wanted a 2 handed sword and for that I farmed every day, at least few hours a day.
A year later.
Ok, we skipped a year and I was obsessed. As soon as new patch was released I downloaded it and were one of the first players to get into my server and play. No seriously, I was. When I logged in then a busiest area around auction house was usually empty. There wasn't anything about fun anymore, it was maintaining. Again, if you have played online game before then you know what I'm talking about. It isn't fun anymore but at the same time you don't want to stop because you don't want to be left behind. I felt that and I didn't want to be left behind, so I went all out. Game was all about numbers now. I had changed my class to scout and I had a calculator and papers around me. I calculated every single step I did. For example before I got a new bow I checked out all similar bows and xbows. Afte this was done I checked numbers. Bow speed, damage, dps, cooldown, extras, everything. I just calculated and wrote down. If you want to be a top player then this is the only way to do it. Of course top players have to invest a bit, for me it was 90 euros per month just to keep myself maintained. Instance raids ended 5am for me and if it was a server downtime then I checked forums and commented on everything I liked an mostly didn't like.
As said before, if you know too much about something then it isn't fun anymore and there has to be a time when you decide to quit. I did decide to quit because there were to many things I didn't like about this game anymore and it took to much of my free time. Now, it was a extreme example and some of these things I told you were a bit too dramatic to be completely true. But at the same time it wasn't completely a lie as well, 70% truth.
Ok, now its a conclusion time. As said before, at the beginning, it isn't like that only with games, it can be like that with everything. And if you did read all of it (probably not) then do you feel the same way?