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?