Here’s that familiar limbo I go through every few months or so. I love playing online games on my PC. Though I can’t seem to find joy in the games I have. I’m forever stuck in “the games I once loved” mode. Every MMORPG game I find, is either on the new microtransaction system, or has changed the game play so much that you spend an eternity lost in trying to work it. Microtransactions have murdered any good time you can have in a game. If you don’t want to spend the money, you don’t get to have the fun. In every single game I have ever tried that has the microtransaction payment system sucks unless you pony up the dough. Usually costing more than $15 per month. Let’s not talk about the time I spent $1100 in one year to play one of those ?
It’s actually hard to find a subscription game now. Even harder when you don’t want it vomiting up anime-dayglow. Take your Kon’nichiwa and shove it up your Kōmon. I tried playing Final Fantasy XIV for maybe 6 hours total before I wanted to throw up. I mean seriously, sheep that look like cotton candy?
There are games that are pay once and no subscription or microtransactions. Possibly limited microtransactions that do not affect the game play are acceptable. Basically called Buy to Play. Though I’ve tried Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. Neither tickled my fancy. I’m currently waiting for Elder Scrolls Online to go on sale on Steam. That way if I don’t like it, I won’t cry too terribly hard.
Why am I not playing World of Warcraft? Honestly I’d like to continue playing it. I just really miss how it used to be. I love the new graphics, hate the new game play. Tired of new skill trees on every single expansion. Tired of leveling up crafting skills in different methods. New useless activities like Archeology. Even though they make things easier, they also make it harder. You no longer have your friends help you learn to play in Dungeons or Raids. You use tutorials. They call them Proving Grounds. Of course I hear they are going away, which of course is pissing off players who take the game far too seriously. Really? You need to pass a test and an interview to play games now? WTF? Whatever happened to hilarity of trying and failing but having friends who will pick you up and make you stronger? I miss those days. I really, really do. Then there is flying in new expansions. It is so controversial now. It’s to the point you don’t enjoy the reward for the work you put in just so you can have it.
I miss the World of Warcraft of yesterday so much. Nostalrius has the right idea and a damned good one at that. He ran a Vanilla Warcraft server. True to it’s origins. Available to players so they can enjoy the game when they loved it most. Even better would be a series of servers for each expansion. (Burning Crusades, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria [for the panda lovers] and so on) I have very seriously considered playing on Warmane servers. Though I can’t confirm the legitimacy of their payment system and they offer up increased gold and experience. I would rather play it as it was meant to be played. Untouched or unmodified. However, even if they are on the up and up, it’s only a matter of time before they get hacked or shut down by Blizzard like Nostalrius was.
Many of the new games that aren’t anime on overload, don’t look all that pretty to me. Seriously. I guess I love the bright colors and upbeat models. See for yourself.
Call me a weenie, but I also prefer good old fashioned “tab-targeting“. Most newer games, like Elder Scrolls Online have adopted “crosshair targeting”. I’m getting old and don’t move as quick as I used too. Though I might still be able to kick your ass in the classic Unreal Tournament 😛
So you see, my range of choices are incredibly thin. Because I want:
- A Monthly Subscription or Buy to Play
- Is more Western and not Asian looking
- Is based in Fantasy (Dragons and such)
- Would really prefer mounts, especially if they can fly
- Has tab-targeting
There is one more thing. Darla has expressed interest in playing games with me. Although she’s not a computer geek like myself. So a game that would be easier to learn and not so involved would be nice. Perhaps limited in the number of skills needed to remember would be good.
Thus my hunt continues. I’d even be open to non-MMO’s, such as a co-op game. I hear Fable III might be a good choice. ?