August – Try A New MMO Month
In my younger days I used to pounce on new MMOs like a fat boy onto cake but recently I’ve not only become much more hesitant to get caught up in hype but I’ve also had a lot less time on my hands (oh how I lament the days of student hood when pumping 6 hours into Everquest was something I considered a productive day). I think the last new MMO I tried was either Aion or Champions Online (whichever came out last, I can’t remember) and they were fun albeit brief distractions. Since then I’ve been sticking with old familiars like World of Warcraft, EVE Online and even enjoyed returning to Warhammer Online and Age of Conan. However it’s time to dust off my online downloading skills as I’m now getting that itch to try something completely new again. Therefore, with all of the pathetic power invested in me, I declare August to be try a new MMO month.
Even though it’s easy to become cynical of the MMO genre, especially when we see very predictable copies of you-know-what come out, I still think it’s important to keep abreast of all of the games in the industry. After all, how can we truly appreciate a MMORPG without being able to compare it against other similar products? Good or bad, checking out the competition and other games on the market helps give us perspective on the genre and, you never know, sometimes you might find a hidden gem that we weren’t expecting. Trying new MMOs is also not only something I just plain enjoy but also something that I think is important to my blogging. I love the whole darn industry so much and I want to be able to discuss it all with a fair degree of knowledge and chutzpah. I liken it to the concept of being a food critic: you gotta eat in all of the restaurants in order to know when something’s good and when something’s bad.
The downside to this though is that you can easily end up being a permanent altoholic that never manages to achieve anything substantial in your games. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m definitely affected by this and there been plenty of periods through my MMO ‘career’ that I’ve constantly chain-hopped from one MMO bed to another like a sluttly himbo and never formed a long lasting relationship with a game. I recognise this now and try to keep things balanced and usually have a single main game and one or two on the side that I can dip into.
So with all of this in mind, I’m declaring August my try a new MMO month and the only problem I’m faced with is figuring out what MMO to check out. I’ve narrowed it down a choice of three: Star Trek Online, D&D Online and Allods Online. I’ve never played any of them so they will all offer a new experience and, I’m sure, will be lots of fun. The question is which to try? I haven’t come to a decision yet but I’m leaning towards STO.
Of course then there’s some old favourites that keep coming back to me too and I’m pondering checking out Lord of the Rings Online and Star Wars Galaxies again although I’m not sure if they count as being “new” to me as I’ve played them both before. Well, maybe I could sneak them in anyway.