The Daily Grind: When do you know it’s time to evacuate from your game?

    
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This right here is your friendly neighborhood evacuation droid. If you will but calm down and follow his directions, he will lead you away from disillusionment and toward a brighter future. Please mind the flame wars and “I Quit” posts on your way out.

Sooner or later, the time comes for us to leave an MMO. Maybe it’s the studio shoving us out of the door due to a premature closure, but often we simply get bored, frustrated, or interested in something else. I find that it’s important to listen to my own internal warning signs to knowing when to evacuate from a game before I fall in danger of hard burnout. Usually those signs will be logging in less, feeling as though I “have” to play instead of want to, and bursts of irrational anger toward the game and/or studio.

So when do you know that it’s time to evacuate an MMO?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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mosselyn
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mosselyn

When my friends leave or it starts feeling like a chore. The one generally causes the other as I can have fun doing the stupidest things as long as I can do them in good company.

alexjwillis
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alexjwillis

Usually if I don’t play any other game for weeks or months at a go. That may seem counter-intuitive, but if one game is really taking up that much of my gaming time, it’s probably taking up my other leisure-activity time, to say nothing of social life or family. This scenario has happened many times in the past, with LOTRO and EVE (the latter of which I’m currently on break from). The only MMOs I’ve been able to balance my other pleasures with have been GW2 (so great for busy professional-types) and TESO (which I’m still on the fence with). No grind = key to successful engagement.

Deuter
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Deuter

Is the picture from the post signaling what I already know? Does the fact that I can barely make myself log in to SWTOR for more than five minutes without letting out a big sigh and logging off mean that it’s finally time? /sigh…I think it might be.

MdoubleP
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MdoubleP

The moment it’s no longer fun or you are forcing yourself to play. This generally happens to me when I reach the point where raiding is the only form of meaningful character progression.

Porculasalvania
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Porculasalvania

There was only one MMO I actually quit – and that was FFXI.  It was for no bad reason – I had known my friends in the game for a few years now, and we finally just decided to finish off all of the story missions.  Once we finished those we were done, and we parted ways on good terms and we parted from the game with fond memories.

Every other MMO I’ve left has simply been because something new and shinier had just come up.  Went from WoW -> Age of Conan -> Champions Online -> Aion -> Star Trek Online -> DCUO -> TERA -> Guild Wars 2 -> The Secret World -> Marvel Heroes -> and back to TERA

None of them are perfect, but all of them have their own attraction and personality.  I just happen to be poking around and then it’s like oooh shiney!  And off I go…

syberghost
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syberghost

Stormwaltz you might want to give TSW another look. They’ve expanded the “deck” system to give guidance on workable builds. sword/pistol in particular has a “starter” build, Maverick, which leads to a decent DPS leveling build, and naturally segues into the Paladin for endgame. Neither is an optimal build, but they’re workable. In our current “stop and smell the roses” new character runs in my guild, a couple of us put Maverick fully together while the group was still in Kingsmouth. We could have been well into Savage Coast, but not everybody was ready yet. A full group of “Starter Deck” characters with proper gear should be able to complete The Polaris without much trouble.

Some folks have called this TSW’s NGE, but it’s more like their CU. :)

Apollymi
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Apollymi

I /ragequit!! EQ back in the day.  Must have been around 2006 or so because I had been going back and forth from WoW to EQ.  It involved high drama indeed as a friend I had been running around with for about three years sorta stabbed me in my pixelated back and I died/lost my body in a very bad place.  Anyway, I uninstalled that puppy and never gave it a second thought.  Until about three years ago and I got my very first pair of rose colored glasses and downloaded the game again.  New account, since I’d long since forgotten any user names or passwords at that point.

Anyway, long story short, I never say never with any game anymore.  If the game has enough of my interest that I buy/download in the first place, I know it will be something I include in my gaming rotation and will get back to it sooner or later.

seventhbeacon
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seventhbeacon

All these fancy MMOs, some of them really amazing, and yet the only thing I keep going back to with renewed verve is totally free forum fiction RP.

seventhbeacon
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seventhbeacon

NoYou I agree. I’m not having fun unless someone informs me that I’m having fun.
This is my favorite response on this page. A+ Would Hit Like Button Again.

Specus
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Specus

For me, it is usually when I hit “the grind.”