The Lull Before The Storm aka No Point In Playing
It’s a bit of a funny time for the MMOs I’m interested in right now. Lord of the Rings Online is on ice for me until the F2P version launches in Europe, EVE is always tempting but I’m kinda holding out for a new face as promised with Incursion and, of course, WoW has Cataclysm looming over it. It feels like I’m caught up in the lull before the storm, a moment of peaceful calm before all hell (or rather excitement) breaks loose again. Or to put it another way, it almost feels like there’s no point in playing any of these games right now.
WoW is probably the worst offender of all for me. I’m practically salivating with the thoughts of creating a new alt (I mean it’s been like at least six months since my last one) but every time I start to consider the prospect of it I stop and wonder what the point would be. I’m almost definitely going to be creating some sort of Worgen or Goblin alt (along with the rest of the planet) when Cataclysm launches and, besides even if I don’t, the entire low level content is going to be ripped to shreds and altered forever. Why put myself through the monotony of doing quests I’ve done a dozen times before now when I could get fresh new content in six weeks, one days time? And no, I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve counted the days.
Buggering around at high level is quite fun especially after the chaos from the aftermath of patch 4.0.1 but ever since the release date for Cataclysm was announced it doesn’t quite feel the same any more. It’s like everyone knows the level cap is going to be raised soon and whole new sets of items and rewards are going to make everything earned right now redundant so there’s little point in striving to achieve things. At best players are trying to rush to level 80 before December 7th and at worst they’re playing on auto pilot, just out of habit (check it out – continuity, I rock) until then.
To be fair these are all very nice problems to be having in ones life and I really shouldn’t complain at all. Besides, I’ve got a new flat to paint and decorate before I move in during November so it’s not like I’m looking for activities to occupy my time right now. And aw heck, maybe I should just start that new Paladin alt anyway. I can always change race later.
Anyway, the quieter things are right now, the more explosive November and December are going to be. Par-tay, dudes.