The Daily Grind: What’s your ideal ‘retirement’ MMORPG?

    
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Wednesday, my husband and I were chatting about the big stories of the day, including the Star Citizen piece that racked up a bajillion comments, not counting all the deleted ones. I was explaining that some people have put thousands of dollars into this hope of a game, which skews how setbacks are perceived, when he remarked, “Oh, it’s their retirement.”

He didn’t mean people were investing their retirement savings into CIG, of course, although I’m sure somebody is doing just that. He meant they’re investing their retirement dreams in virtual spaceships. Those future players don’t really care that the game isn’t finished now and probably isn’t going to be feature complete for many more years. They’re thinking long-term: This is the game they want to “retire” to in a more vague and distant future, and it’ll be ready for them when they’re ready for it. Star Citizen is their cabin by the lake, their shack by the sea, their tent on Tatooine.

I’m most of a lifetime away from retirement, so I’ve never really thought about what I might want to play if I ever get to be a kid again only with money, outside of joking about wanting VR in the old folks’ home. But I have my weak spots: If someone promised me SWG 2 would be ready in a couple decades, I’d start planning my character now.

Have you got a “retirement MMO” picked out? What’s your ideal retirement MMORPG?

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David Vraniak
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Chosenxeno .

When I’m retired I want to be dead under a 20 year old…

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Retirement for me is probably only 10-15 years from now, and to be honest, I don’t even know what games in general will look like then. I would expect to “retire” to some kind of game similar to LotRO – a fantasy game with a lot to do, good PvE,optional PvP, and and good, reasonably priced housing. Note that I don’t expect it to be LotRO itself as I don’t expect it to still be online 10-15 years from now, but you never know…

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PlayCator .

Honestly I can’t look at MMOs that way since they depend on support from their devs and obviously won’t always have it. I’ve seen a lot of MMOs come and sadly go, so planning on them being there later is kind of flawed.

I do however particularly like Ark’s mechanic with obelisks to play on a server and then if you want to go single player, put your dinosaurs and your character on an obelisk and then go get them. It makes me feel like my character and creatures are ‘safe’ from servers going down, possibly.

But because MMOs are so temporary, you gotta play them while you can vs. wait for the golden days to enjoy them because they might have come and gone by then for a lot of us. :/

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Jack Pipsam

I don’t know if any current MMO would still be online when I retire like I dunno 40-ish years? from now.

But let’s just they are, then I guess it would be something sprawling like Anarchy Online.

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Rolan Storm

So far StarCitizen it is.

Actually wise insight. It is literally my position on StarCitizen. It is not even ‘retirement MMO’, but rather ‘last’ MMO. I perfectly understand from the begining how much trouble SC face and how hard it can be to create something that complex. SWG2 – if it were in the cards – could be one too, but since there is not even hint about it – that’s SC.

Also some people don’t get one thing: we will play SC whether it will be success or not, no matter how much will be delivered. And not because we are stupid and will take anything we offered. People like me played ‘Wing Commander’ and wanted more. Ground combat, shared world, crew-manned capital ships – we want it all. Does not matter how many features will be included, we still will play. And we will scream – bloody horror we will – about features we did not get, and we will criticize the hell out of the game. But we will play and enjoy it.

That’s just how it is.

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Stropp

I was expecting to retire in about ten or fifteen years time. Unfortunately, health issues have moved that forward. (Last year I developed stage 4 kidney disease and am now on dialysis.)

I was thinking that when I did retire I’d be able to put tons of time into figuring out and playing some of those grand strategy games like Europa Universalis. (I’d also play MMOs but the way that the genre has gone, it doesn’t look like they’ll ever realize the promise of deep virtual worlds that existed when the genre was young. Not enough to be able to invest myself solely in a virtual world.)

Funny thing is that I’m spending my semi-retirement picking back up things I did in my teenage years like painting and drawing. I even pulled my old guitar that I haven’t touched in 30 years out of storage the other day and started looking up the basics online. I’m even seeing more movies at the cinema than I have in years!

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Mewmew

Funny enough probably Star Citizen could be if it lived up to half it’s promises. Maybe I should start to invest in it too.

Realistically I don’t have a single retirement MMORPG. My tastes vary from day to day. One day I want a space adventure, the next a medieval one. One day I want to shoot futuristic space discombobulators, the next I want to shoot the guns of today, the next I want to swing swords and fling magic. One day I want to fight and destroy, the next day I want to farm, create and build. One day I want to be a very cat like cat person covered in hair, the next I want to be a less hairy cat person :P I just don’t see a single game being as something I could see myself settling on.

I don’t think most of these people are investing in it as a retirement MMORPG honestly. Most of the investors are younger, they’re not thinking of it as a retirement or final game. They’re thinking of it as something fun coming along that they want to help develop and get more put into the game. They’re thinking they want the bragging rights and the cool stuff that the investors get. They’re thinking they want to see the experiment be all it can be and feel they are part of history. There are so many reasons why they may invest, I just don’t think most of the people see it as a retirement home. It won’t be our last stop, just a bump along the way. So I think the reasons are different than that.

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oldandgrumpy

I am retired so where is SWG 2 :)

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Droniac

I don’t tend to stick with any one game for very long now, so why would I do so in retirement? I’m sure there’ll be great experiences by then. True full immersion VR or holodeck-style games, or something like that. And I’ll want to play a whole bunch of them.

Although a full immersion VR Star Citizen that’s actually feature-complete and has tons of content? That would be near impossible to beat.