Back To Work, Back To WoW
I’m back to work today after a nice 13 day break. It’s funny how quickly one gets into “holiday mode” – I had every intention of being busy and proactive during my time off but ended up, not surprisingly, slobbing around the house for the entire time. It was awesome
Now that I’ve returned to the office and I’m back into my normal workaday routine, I find myself being pulled slowly back towards World of Warcraft. I’ve finished my sordid love affair with Dragon Age: Origins and although I’m trying to spark up another romance with Fallout 3, I find myself drawn to the predictable and familiar warmth of World of Warcraft instead.
I have a theory that a lot of MMORPG gaming is very habitual in nature. Unlike single player games which will ultimately end, MMOs can last quite literally for decades (as Everquest has proved). This makes them very easy to incorporated into your daily routine and are easy to plan your life around them. Get home, watch some TV, eat your dinner, log on, chill out and play with your cyber buddies.
World of Warcraft is also particuarly good at being familiar and comforting. It’s not a challenging game, it’s not stressful or complicated, it’s just relaxing… like a good bath. It’s also very easy to dip in and out off and is perfect for a small slice of quick gameplay during the week or a bigger, more involved session on a weekend.
I know that MMORPGs are ingrained in me as part of my daily rountine and common habbits. In many ways, that’s a very comforting thing. It gives me something to think about during the day, look forward to when I’m stressed or busy and it’s a constant protection against boredom. On the other hand, it’s also quite destressing to think that I’m a slave to my habbits and gaming needs. Sometimes I just want to throw off the shackles and run free in the wilderness, giving up my life in the city to live in little hut somewhere. So long as my iPhone got a 3G reception that is.