It’s An MMO Stupid!
With the understanding that virtually all MMO’s are designed from the ground up to be Massively Multiplayer and Online, why do I more often that not, find myself wanting to perform solo activities in game and thus avoid the “multiplayer” aspects? Now do not take this wrong, I am a social creature by habit. For the vast majority of my virtual life in Azeroth, I have been an officer or guild leader of sizeable and active guilds. I enjoy seeing the green text fly across my chatter panel and have raided every piece of content the game has to offer. In fact, some of the best embedded memories I have made in game were in the company of friends, new and old alike and even strangers taking on the various denizens of this incredible world.
However after more than 6 years, perhaps my tastes have aged just as I have. I used to live for PvP, Raided primarily for gear and, to be honest, knew nothing of nor cared anything for, the lore of the game. As a player who generally heals in raids I find that my personal raiding experience consists of looking at grid or healbot bars for hours while rarely actually enjoying the content. Even removing the healing or tanking responsibilities out of the game still leaves you beholden to 9 or 24 other players who are usually in a rush to down the boss, get gear and move on with little time or respect for taking in the experience and game encounters.
While I have a healthy respect and appreciation for the theory crafters and game strategists, I now find myself wanting to slow down the treadmill… at least for a time. Indeed my priorities for what gives me the most enjoyment now revolve around a very different set of game facets. I find that at least half of my in game time is now spent doing activities best enjoyed solo and my experience is vastly different and very satisfying.
One of my most recent passions is going back to old Vanilla and TBC raids with one of my level 80s and becoming a content tourist. I obviously do not do it for the gear, or experience. No the satisfaction I receive is really taking in the art, story and encounters of this old world stomping grounds. This week alone I have done Black Temple and Karazhan and was amazed at how much I really missed in the 50-100 raids I had done previously.
Look, perhaps this is just a phase… a break from the purple colored treadmill of this gearscore-centric world. But I encourage everyone to try it, you might be amazed to see or experience something you never have before despite your belief that you have seen it all.
Next up for me? Sunwell… again!