I’ve recently gotten back into World of Warcraft after a recent haitus with the game, and it feels good to be back. My guild missed me, the officers missed me, and it was good to just be back in Azeroth. But after getting back in touch with everyone, I found a few holes in the list. I asked around to find out where some of my other friends were, and what I got was pretty similar to what I had been doing.
“Oh, he/she is going on a hiatus for a little bit.”
It was when I heard this that it hit me. Why the heck do we need to take breaks from our MMOs? A game is something fun and relaxing. Something we want to play because we enjoy it. If that was the case, then why do we feel that we need to take “vacations” from them?
Personally, I think we’re taking our fun too seriously — and yes, that’s possible. You can see it every time a raid comes up, you can see it whenever a new guild drama forum post pops up. People find reasons to hate one another, even if their united objective is just having fun. Can’t do the boss in one go? Blame someone else! Cause drama! Loot that you needed dropped and you lost a perfectly legitimate random roll? Tell him he’s an asshole because he somehow concentrated so hard at his keyboard that he not only caused himself an aneurism, he also forced Blizzard’s random program to make him roll a 89 and you a 2.
This is something I probably concentrate on too much, but fun is suppose to be fun. This is usually the point where I would say something intelligent like, “Now if you changed the loot system around and perhaps minimized the rewards in favor of promoting storyline design…” and then wish for the best, but you and I know that’s sadly not going to work. Some people are still gonna rush to whatever the max level is, or try to complete all of your content in 4 nanoseconds faster than their next door neighbor so they can prove to all of the women on the internet (all 6 of them) that they are the leetest (word looks stupid without the 3s, doesn’t it?) hunk of manhood there is in “World of Online Game X.” All because technically, that’s what a game is about… beating someone else. It wasn’t originally about the fun — it was about besting someone else.
But I like to think that we’ve evolved the concept of a game past that. To something more than just that. To something that we enjoy doing and don’t need to take breaks from…
So please, next time you’re on that raid or in that group… try to relax and enjoy yourself. You might find that the game might be… fun?