I Feel Lost Without A MMO
I’m not addicted to MMOs. Honestly, I’m not. I do however think of them as some sort of comfort blanket. They’re something that I can always rely on to occupy my ferocious mind (I consider my brain to be akin to a thousand exploding suns exploding within an exploding volcano) and soothe my thoughts when I’m unhappy, stressed or otherwise disillusioned. They’re the constant in my life that I know I can reach for at any time to stop me feeling bored or lonely, keeping me company through my bachelor years and now testing the patience of my wife. They are part of me as no other hobby I could imagine. And I feel utterly lost without one.
I had an interesting exchange with Andrew from Systemic Babble on Twitter the other day when I asked if anyone could suggest a MMO for me to play and he replied with “does it have to be an MMO?”. Good question. I guess I could explain how they offer a much deeper experience than any single player game could, how the massive virtual worlds they provide fill me with a sense of grandeur and exhilaration, how the massive communities give me social comfort and competition and simply how climbing the RPG level ladder gives me some sort of faux sense of worth. Possibly all of those things would be true but the real, ultimate answer is that I need a MMO like a vampire needs eyeliner. Without one I just feel kinda, well, bored.
I think I’m one of those people who needs constant mental stimulation. I fill my days with tasks and goals and stay up way too late at night because there’s still so much I need to do. I guess I feel restless unless I have a purpose or a plan. Sometimes that’s a little frustrating and I get a little claustrophobic with all of the technology and demands around me but I don’t think I could deal with the alternative. I just couldn’t stand sitting around with nothing to do. MMOs, thusly, are ideal for me because they never, ever run out of things for players to do. They provide constant and consistent goals and entertainment, perfect for someone like me.
And yeah, sometimes they may just be a big ol’ waste of time. I could, after all, be doing so much more productive things with my time and that can be a tough tightrope to walk. But, that aside, there’s something very calming about knowing that no matter how tough my day has been, no matter how annoyed I am or frustrating things are, I can always come home and log into my favourite MMO for a little R&R. It’s a very comforting thought indeed.