The Daily Grind: How long do you need to wait to ‘recharge’ your MMO enthusiasm?

    
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Whenever I leave an MMO — usually because I’m approaching boredom or burnout — I recognize that there’s a good chance that I’ll be back. I usually am. I’ve left and come back to LOTRO so many times that they don’t take my picture off the wall above the cash register.

But I also know that there needs to be a good amount of time to “recharge” my enthusiasm and interest in an MMO. If I come back too soon, then I hit that burnout wall pretty quickly. So generally, I’d say that a good rest-and-recharge period for me is about eight months. By then my senile mind has forgotten a lot and allowed my brain to reset, giving me the best possible mental state for coming back.

How long do you need to wait to recharge your interest and passion for an MMO that you’ve left before you return to it?

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Turing fail
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Turing fail

Played all the stories in SWTOR that interested me- Imperial Agent is my absolute favorite- then quit. Unlikely to return, since re-learning controls is too much effort for a lazy, lazy person like me.

Probably unsubscribing from EVE as I barely play it anymore due to a late-onset a-hole allergy. That condition isn’t likely to improve making a return to EVE unlikely…?

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MilitiaMasterV

I used to have a steel trap of a memory in relation to stuff (Still do in some respects…) so I don’t tend to ‘forget’ and ‘move on’ and hold grudges for YEARS. So I don’t tend to ‘recharge’ and ‘come back’. I tend to play until I’m done/finished/burnt out/get bored and wander off. So I’m not sure there IS any amount of time I can wait to ‘recharge’. But if a game was fun enough I’ll once in awhile come back, if the reason I left was just from fading interest and things have changed since I left…and improved to where it holds my interest again.

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Estranged

I only play SWTOR when new content is released. That is sparse.

WoW? 10 years and counting.

When I’m tired, generally don’t go back.

EmberStar
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EmberStar

If I ever go back to any of the MMOs I’ve left, I guess I can update this. Until then, I guess the answer is “it effectively takes forever, because it’s never happened yet.”

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T

Usually between 3-6 months. It ends up shelved, and I wander off to some shiny game for a while, only to wander back and enjoy it like it’s new…. usually by making a new alt.

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Harbinger_Kyleran

Outside of EVE and DAOC rare is the MMO I’ve ever gone back to, and been over 4 years since I last played either.

Guess ESO is one, returned to it a few months ago after a 7 year hiatus.

So, seven years I guess. ;)

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creationguru

For me it’s about 3-6 months and it always happens when I only have end game to play. I am down to really just XIV at this point and find that I play expac + 3/6 months then on and off till about 3 month prior to the next expac as then the gear is all cheap for the new story.

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NeoWolf

I play multiple games in order to prevent burnout to begin with. So I do not so much get burnt out on MMO as genres (fantasy, sci fi etc..) so I’ve starting to get burnout I just switch genre for a time.

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SmiteDoctor

So does LOTRO still have one of the most stingiest F2P/Premium monetization on the market? At least SWTOR you sub from one month and you unlock all the content, last time I checked F2P LOTRO you get the 4 racial staring zones; the last expansion I bought was Riders of Rohan the expensive version which supposedly opened all the content up to that point but it sure would be FAIR if all the content prior to the current expansion were unlocked for previous players as opposed to expecting some one like me to buy each expansion I do not own up to the current expansion.

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ashiru_1978

I have to stop for like a month if I’m really burned out. This January I realized an MMO I loved and played for years I can no longer enjoy and switched fully to something else. Now I think about my old MMO and after 4 months of not playing it, I kinda wish to play it again, but I know I will burn out in a few days so I’d rather keep it like this for a whole year or even more so I can better forget about it.

Also burning out means many things, one is growing out of the game, another can be that the game just gets worse or that there are outside factors preventing you from enjoying the game, like real life stuff.

But sometimes it’s just healthier to let go and never come back. For me the MMO that I loved and played for so long made me happy, but it did so in a time of my life when I had little responsibilities and I realized playing it now was me trying to feel the same happy-go-lucky way, but I wasn’t an it was actually making it worse.