Year four – more Other Stuff than MMOs

No blogiversary-post without a cake

We’ve circled the sun yet another time and I’m still posting (somewhat) regularly around here, so go me I guess.

Still, the blog’s fourth year has been a weird one, and for once COVID-19 wasn’t the main culprit to blame. I mean, sure, after a while masks, distancing, lockdowns and all that shit started to get to me just like everyone else, and I can’t say I’ve been my usual, upbeat self during these surreal times.

The main reason for my change in gaming habits and, as a result, my blogging is something else though: there just isn’t any MMORPG I’d really like to play right now.

It’s not that there aren’t any good ones available, quite the contrary. And, as Bhagpuss accurately notes, there are currently more new and promising releases waiting in the wings than we’ve had in years. I am definitely keeping an eye on Swords of Legends Online, and I’ll most certainly at least try it out when it launches. I also still log into EVE Online every now and again.

There’s always stuff to shoot in space

My enthusiasm for the MMORPG genre as a whole is at an all-time low however. Of course many things have changed during the 20 years since I started to play Ultima Online, and as far as I’m concerned definitely not all of them for the better. Yet after thinking quite a lot about it lately I’ve come to realize: it’s not the genre, it’s me.

I definitely still love the RPG part of the acronym, and I have no qualms regarding the O being in there either. No, it’s the MM aspect that’s become more and more of a turnoff for me.

Guild drama (and drama in general), bad pugs, trolls, people trying to tell me what I can and cannot do with my free time… I could – and probably will – write a whole post of its own about why having other players around is much more bane than boon to me these days.

Peace and calm…yeah, this is much more like it

I guess that’s why I still very much enjoy playing Genshin Impact, which has been my main game – and, at times, my only game – for eight months straight now. It pushes almost all of the buttons that made me addicted to MMORPGs in the first place – exploration, character progression, combat, getting to know a foreign world and then becoming a part of it, and now even housing – without the “baggage” of having other people around. Sorry folks, but that’s just how I feel right now.

Of course there are downsides to playing in self-imposed seclusion too. I’ve argued myself that other players are what puts the spice, the adventure into online games, and I still stand by that. As much fun as I’ve had playing Genshin, Warframe and a handful of other games this past year, I certainly don’t feel like I’ve been on any real adventures while doing so.

Surprisingly, though, I can kinda live with that. As I’ve come to realize it can actually be quite soothing to know in advance that any given play session will most likely not turn into an adrenaline-filled frenzy.

Home is where the heart is

However, I started this blog to write about my gaming adventures first and foremost. You know, about stuff that really excited me when it happened, that I feel the need to preserve and also show to other people, to maybe help them understand why I like to sit at my desk and play these games so much.

It’s probably no surpsise, then, that I’ve published less posts during the blog’s fourth year than any other. Even my first year, when I was still finding my footing and nothing I did had any regularity or plan to it, saw 34 posts published, compared to just 29 within the past twelve months.

Will that change again? Most likely. I’ve been fed up with MMORPGs in the past, and I’ve always come back. I do like having those adventures very much, after all.

Until then my posting cadence will probably remain on the lower end. But don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.

6 Replies to “Year four – more Other Stuff than MMOs”

  1. Congrats on your 4th year! That’s no little achievement, even if you aren’t writing quite as much as you did before. I understand as I’m often in the same boat – I get into gaming ruts, doing the same things when I log in, and not having a whole lot to adventures to write about.

    Sometimes it comes and goes, but you’ll find that spark again. Hang in there and let’s see a year five!

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  2. Grats on four years. As far as blogging goes, I definitely wouldn’t let the fact that you’re playing solo put you off telling us all about it. I’m playing more single-player games these days than any time since the mid-90s although I’m playing plenty of mmos as well. I just write about them all in pretty much the same way. As a reader I can’t say it makes an awful lot of difference when I read other people’s blogs whether the games they’re playing are solo or with others so I just follow the same principle as a blogger.

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  3. Thanks guys (and gal)! 🙂

    @Bhagpuss – Like you I generally enjoy reading other people’s posts about different types of games or even topics completely unrelated to gaming just as much.
    However, and I really have no idea why, I don’t feel the same about things that go through my own head. For example, when I had been playing Warframe or Stellaris during the last couple of months, not once did I think “I should write a post about this” afterwards.
    Rarely do I wonder “Should I write a post about this?”, only to immediately come to the conclusion “Nah, what is there to talk about?”.

    Maybe I’ll get to a point where I stop thinking too much and just start writing, but apparently I’m not there yet.

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    1. Congrats on 4 years! That’s huge. 🙂

      I certainly hope you can reach a point where you’re comfortable writing about more than the MMOs you play — I always enjoy your posts, whether or not it’s a game I have/am/ever will play. 🙂

      Still, I do get it though. I absolutely find it way easier to write about MMOs than almost anything else. Not really sure what that is though.

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      1. @Naithin – Thank you!

        Yeah, it’s weird, isn’t it? I think it has something to do with the unpredictability of MMOs, at least in my case.
        In other games stuff usually happens because it was meant to happen, programmed by the devs. So even if it wasn’t fully predictable it often still feels ‘planned’ in a way.
        In MMOs it’s more like ‘shit just happens’, and often those things just feel more interesting to write about. 🙂

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