MMOs are not my life. My interaction with them starts and stops with me as a player and a journalist. I evaluate them, I learn about them, I play them, I understand, and I move on. This is the expected transaction, and while some of them are horrendously bad (hello, Scarlet Blade), my intellectual brain knows full well that it is literally never personal even if they turn bad or shut down or whatever.
And yet sometimes it feels personal. Sometimes it feels like a game like WildStar or Star Wars: The Old Republic let me down personally, because it’s obvious what these titles could be and the reality is that I have emotional investment in these games. It didn’t have to be like this.
Obviously this has nothing to do with me, because the designers would likely be hard-pressed to even pick me out of a lineup, much less remember my name. But it still feels personal. So what about you, dear readers? Have you ever felt personally let down by an MMO, like it disappointed you specifically instead of just doing something wrong or failing?