The Daily Grind: Do you play MMOs with expiration dates?

    
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Returns of at least moderate happiness.

It’s not a new phenomenon, because I recall seeing it back in Final Fantasy XI, someone saying proudly that he was happy to be with the current linkshell… until World of Warcraft launched, then he would leave. That isn’t me recounting; that was exactly what he said at the time. He was playing the game, but he was literally as committed as it took for him to keep playing until something else launched.

This hasn’t gone anywhere, either. I see people loudly saying that they’re only playing a game until something else launches. “Oh, I’m in Elite Dangerous until Star Citizen is out.” “I’m just playing Guild Wars 2 until Crowfall launches.” You get the idea.

This has never made a whole lot of sense to me. Playing an endless game with a self-imposed end date just strikes me as weird. It clearly strikes a lot of other people as perfectly normal, though, and perhaps for a lot of people it is. So what about you, dear readers? Do you play MMOs with expiration dates? Do you already plan to leave but want to play an MMO until then just the same?

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kgptzac

I think being on a less potent substance until a more desirable substance becomes accessible is perfectly normal.

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Utakata

I’ve done that twice. And I’ve been disappointed in the games I went over to…only to come back to game I said I was leaving, because they where much better in the end. So I don’t do that anymore. If I end up playing a MMO that takes me away from my main, then so be it. But until then, declaring so before hand is presumptuous at best. And makes me look like a bumbling ass with a pair pigtails at worst. :(

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John Mclain

I’ve done this numerous times, this is typically caused by hearing about a type of game you really want to play but isn’t out yet. So you play something thats somewhat similar in the meantime. For example playing Eve while you wait for Dual Universe. There arn’t a lot of options for space mmos in existence.

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Ben Stone

Yes, but usually due to late expansion breaks for my main MMO. Like at the moment I’m just playing other MMOs til BFA comes out.

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styopa

It’s odd that people who want to play game A (but it’s not out yet) play game B in the meanwhile, until game A comes out?

That’s utterly normal. People don’t like being bored.

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Bryan Turner

All MMOs have expiration dates, the best you can hope for is eventual maintenance mode; more likely than not your game gets shut down and you wait 10 years for the emulator (which probably won’t play nice with what ever your current rig is).

What I think you’re talking about is content cycle expiration dates, for example I’ll be playing such and such until the next expansion of such and such comes out, or this new game comes out; that’s actually a healthy way to game and live your life. I do not believe I was healthy at all back when I played WoW for almost 10 years straight with a cult like mentality, it is healthy to rotate MMOs other wise you White Knight long enough in an MMO to becomes the villain when you becomes jaded.

I’m having one of my more Lucid moments today.

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Dread Quixadhal

It’s the “grass is always greener” syndrome.

People get hyped for some game that’s still in development, so they want to play something vaguely like it until it launches. Some people also can’t stand the idea of NOT being in a game on Day 1, as they care about their place in the pecking order.
Personally, I’m a filthy casual, so I always quickly fall behind “the curve” anyways and don’t care if I miss the first few days of server crashes and login queues.

However, I tend to play games the way I like playing them until the game imposes some barrier that forces me to choose between changing my playstyle to advance, or accepting that limit. It’s usually not obvious that the game will do this until you start getting near the mythical “end game” stage.

At that point, I decide if I enjoy everything enough to suck it up and push through the annoyance, or if there are other games out there I’d rather try.

So I don’t impose any kind of date on my MMO, but I do impose conditions.

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Fervor Bliss

Yes, the hype machine tells us everything we want to hear, then never delivers as promised.

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kgptzac

“Can’t stand not being in a game on Day 1” is the clearest sign of a masochist in modern online gaming. I don’t judge where a person gets their legal pleasures, but I propose a more logical approach: “Play a game until another game launches, and becomes a better replace of the game that I’m currently playing”.

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Fervor Bliss

Never cared about being first on launch day. Rather sit back and let the bugs be fixed. Or wait for it to go F2P or free to try at least.

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Schmidt.Capela

Kinda. The difference being that my pre-determined trigger to leave isn’t something external like the release of a new game, but instead something related to the game itself and its progression, typically “I don’t have any further way to progress without either raiding or RNG-based grind”.

More so because I don’t care about joining a game late.

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Oleg Chebeneev

What you dont get, Eliot? That people are highly anticipating some MMO and while waiting want to shorten time in another one? Is it so difficult to grasp? Because for me it makes perfect sense.

Answering the question, Ive played many MMOs that were announced to be shut down soon. Just to grab last memories. Vanguard, Face of Mankind, SWG to name a few.

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Mewmew

It makes sense to me too. Besides the fact that all MMORPGs are temporary, none of them are here forever. They’re all just eating up time for enjoyment that specific day. What else are they going to do while waiting for the game they really want if gaming is their main hobby? Take up thumb twiddling? No, they play a game that they don’t care about as much but that still is fun for them and passes the time.