The Daily Grind: Do you have any resolutions for 2016 in MMOs?

    
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Blinded by the X.

2016 is almost here, and I nearly forgot all about it! It feels less like “New Year’s Eve” and more like “Thursday, get all of your writing turned in on time” to me. But it still means that the new year is about to kick off, which seems like the perfect point to start making some resolutions about what I want to accomplish over the next year.

Personally, I’m resolving to a be a bit more flexible in what I play. I tend to be very much the commitment sort, and that’s a good thing overall, but I’m noticing that there are games I miss out on because I’m unwilling to even dip into a game if I’m not making a six-month project out of it. That means I’m missing out on some things I could realistically experience; if I have no intent of ever worrying about endgame raiding in Star Wars: The Old Republic or Guild Wars 2, a month of dallying there as a side project is hardly going to kill me.

Of course, what this probably actually means is more of the exact same behavior in 2016, but at at least it’s a thought about doing something different. What about you? Do you have any resolutions for 2016 in MMOs?

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alexheartnet64
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alexheartnet64

Approach everything with an open mind and give it a fair shot.

Also start recording videos more often so if the MMO does indeed turn out to be blah I can make fun of it

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

To complete stories. This is for SWTOR, RIFT, TSW, even Warframe. I have little to no care to do anything else in 2016. Maybe 2017 I can truly bring myself back to MMOs to the point of diving in further, including endgame content, but I don’t care this year and I’ll have Mass Effect at the end to distract me from it.

GabeNewellFetish
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GabeNewellFetish

zoward
Wow, ATITD is still a thing?

I remember that game like a dozen years ago. Boy was that a wrist-killing click-fest. However, unlike anything I’ve ever played, since. I keep hoping that someone will try doing ATITD from scratch, but with a big budget and bigger art-style. . . and more promotion.

GabeNewellFetish
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GabeNewellFetish

My only resolution for 2016 (other than the diet thing like everyone in the country) is to get into an MMO again. I desperately want to get seriously  heavily deeply into an MMO again.

Unfortunately, that’s hard for me to do. Other than playing EVE-Online for many years, I have never stayed with an MMO for more than about two weeks. I’ll get excited. Buy into it. Play the crap out of it.. and between two days and two weeks later, I’ll be tired of how all any MMO is built is just as a single player RPG that I happen to be playing alongside other people, who are also just playing a single player RPG. Modern MMOs have only made the problem worse, catering almost entirely to the idea that someone should be able to login and play the entire thing to the end by themselves (so what’s the point of playing an MMO then?!).

So I gave up on them for a very long time. Now I’m back to wanting to play one, again . . . but it’s so hard to choose, because they all look like . . . well, like MMOs have not evolved in more than a decade. :/

Ryuen
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Ryuen

deekay_zero Ryuen It does take some getting used to and figuring out, basically you’re learning how to smoke all over again.
What I did at first to determine how much to vape was keep an eye on my watch and kept it to 4 minutes, a little longer than it takes me to smoke a cigarette. After a few weeks I knew when I had enough without fixating on time.

I did keep one pack of cigarettes with me as a safety net but only took one when I got into a foul mood and I felt the e-cig wouldn’t cut it, of that pack one cig still remains and I don’t take it with me anymore.

For you it will be different but just wanted to share what worked for me personally.

And it seems we use the same device ;)

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Zulika_Mi_Nam

Qarran Keep an eye on this case if you can’t stop.  Maybe you will have a case too.
http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/fallout4-lawsuit-game-addiction/

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Zulika_Mi_Nam

I am pretty sure I will buy less games in 2016 vs 2015.  This year was the first time in a while I went back to playing some single player games and I tried quite a few of them that all the cool kids said were super awesomesauce.  I now have a better idea of what I like and what descriptive tags to avoid – there are many.

Robert80
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Robert80

Damonvile  Yep.  That’s not what I’m looking for.  I have this vision of the future where MMOs are fun interactive worlds with far more to them… and I keep hoping and trying to support that which moves along those lines.

Robert80
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Robert80

To show support for creativity and innovation toward things other than the same old systems.  This means I’ll probably be outside my own comfort zone on occasion.
Specifically, I want to continue looking for and supporting games which avoid the ‘combat with some side stuff if you can stand the tedium’ standard.  I also want to continue supporting developers who understand that their game isn’t for everyone, and don’t try to make it that way with poor quality versions of every little activity type seen before.  But most importantly, I will keep looking at and supporting games in which not every person constantly gets the same story.  Honestly, the never changing aspects of storyline in MMOs is annoying to me… I’d rather miss some things and not always have the same old stuff if I go to a given spot (even if it’s just slightly randomized I enjoy it far more.)
Hopefully, one day, with enough support and time, we will have a game which actually feels like another world that is constantly in motion, changing around us.  Until then, I’m resolved to keep supporting anything making progress toward that ideal.

hadizaheer
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hadizaheer

To find one that doesn’t make me want to log off and never come back, just after a few hours of play.