One of the more interesting trends that I have picked up on, has to do with my own blog. It feels like the more I talk about Destiny, the lower my reader numbers dip. I guess it makes sense, as I started this blog out with World of Warcraft and moved towards other MMORPGs as well. Destiny has a slightly different audience and not necessarily the sort of one that really reads blogs. The Destiny community is largely contained within a combination of Reddit, Twitch and YouTube. I don’t have a lot to say about this, but I just found it interesting. On one hand I hate that I am alienating a bunch of readers, and on the other hand in order for me to keep doing this daily blogging thing… I have to be writing about what is interesting me. At this very moment that is Destiny and Diablo, and nothing much in the traditional MMO camp. Now I have logged into a bunch of MMOs in the last few months, but none of them really seemed to hold my attention past that initial login. Each time there was something that would ultimately cause me to log out. It might be that my bags were a mess, or that I couldn’t remember what I was last doing. Ultimately I found a ready excuse and used it to “nope” the hell out of the game. The problem however I think is somewhere in me.
Right now I am finding myself enjoying games that shower me in loot, and games that allow me to have engaging solo experiences. Granted I have been spending a lot of time mooching off of folks as they run high end content in Diablo 3, but when I log into that game I can go off and do something by myself that feels like I am moving towards some goal. In Destiny no matter what I do I can always be working on getting that next faction package, or even spending time in the crucible hoping for that next 335 item. These two games specifically play extremely well by myself or with friends, and that is just something that I can’t say for MMORPGs right now. In most cases the only real way to get good gear is through raiding, and that takes a time commitment I am just not willing to do right now. There is no path for me to piddle my way to victory, and at the moment I don’t want to commit to much more than that. Raiding in Destiny has felt far more “à la carte” and I think the small six player raid size helps that. It seems easy to pull together a raid group, and even easier to pull together a three player team. For example we spent last night doing Challenge of Elders and it honestly felt just as engaging and rewarding as doing an MMORPG raid group.
Burnt Out Genre
For awhile now I have kept thinking that sooner or later I will get over this funk. That I will get that drive to go off and play an MMORPG. For example I really want to have the desire to play Final Fantasy XIV and to “get the band back together”. However there is just some wall keeping me from getting back into it and enjoying it. I’ve patched up the client a few times, but I know when I do log in… someone is going to do the “Bels Back!” thing and I will feel guilty when I log out a few minutes later because I and confused as to what to do. It is not a time issue, because I still have the same amount of time I ever did… it seems to be an attention span issue. Diablo 3 and Destiny both reward me for spending ANY time with them… and there is always an explosion of shiny colored loot just waiting on me around the corner. The grind of an MMO is a much more slow burn, with large gaps of time between those moments of excitement. For years I played MMORPGs as a way to hang out with friends, but thanks to tools like Slack, Discord, and Band… I can take my group of friends with me wherever I happen to go. I no longer need to rely on the MMO as a chat client, and when that happened I guess the games lost a part of their hold on me.
I guess it hit me last night when technically I was scheduled to be raiding in World of Warcraft, and I didn’t even remember that it was a thing I was supposed to be doing. The leader said over chat that I was just burnt out on WoW, which is a bit true… but its more than that. I feel like I am burnt out on MMOs in general. I’ve been rabidly playing this one genre since 2000, and I feel like maybe I just need other types of games in my life. The parts of the MMO that I really liked, which were the acquisition of new stuff and the feeling of constantly evolving your persistent character… those things have been exported to pretty much every single genre out there. I guess I realized this was happening when nothing that was coming out, that actually excited me… was an MMO. There are plenty of things to be excited for out there, and I think Black Desert is one of those games that I would have loved… were I not over-saturated on MMORPGs. I am not really sure if I have a point this morning. It sucks that I am driving away readers, but I just don’t think I can write with the same love and excitement that I used to about MMORPGs right now. I keep hoping at some point I will climb out of this hole, and be able to log into Final Fantasy XIV and be excited again for story and world building, However in the meantime… you are probably going to see a lot more talk of Diablo 3 and Destiny because that is where my attention and excitement has landed.