What do games mean to me? They are a distraction, a way to let your mind run free, forget about the daily problems and become, for once, a hero.
In a game, the reward system is very well built. Do a mission and you will immediately receive praise, money and maybe an item. In real life, you often feel wronged and unrewarded.
I’m talking a bit like an addict. I’m not because I have this strong feeling that I ‘m wasting my time. This happens for a while since I no longer feel like I have enough time: for work, for fun, for house chores and for me. So the game becomes a consumer of time. But about once every two or three days I play for an hour at night after I got everything in place.
When I was a student, I used to have the whole weekend doing just that, playing MMO RPG games. Beautiful days, those days!
My first encounter with MMO RPG games was Archeage, only 3 years ago, when it was launched in Beta. I was one of the first players to enter the world of Archeage. I was truly amazed by it. I didn’t stop playing for 3 days. I and my boyfriend were on vacation, so the only thing we did, was to play Archeage.
I loved Archeage at the time, the graphics were really good. It had some exceptional landscapes and you could explore the entire world. I remember once I wanted to cross the ocean by boat and swimming. It took me about 2 hours and I didn’t even manage to get to the other side because I got caught by some pirates and killed me. Became pirates the ones who chose to be PK and killed on a peaceful land or those who stole. Every time you made a steal or murder, you accumulated points and if you reached a certain threshold, you were considered a pirate, an enemy.
Another thing I thought was interesting, was the Market. You could do a lot of advantageous trades and it was also was quite easy to create items that you could sell later in the market. We have reached the maximum level and then I forgot about the game.
But I tried others, including Rift and Forsaken World. What I liked the most in Rift were the dynamic events. I don’t remember up to what point I’ve leveled and I don’t even know why I stopped playing it. People are praising it a lot. Forsaken world was really entertaining at first. But while leveling you realize that it’s a pay to win game. You have to invest a lot, while the quests aren’t really entertaining. They somehow lack creativity.
Also, this year I tried WOW. A friend was tired of playing alone, so he made me a gift -the fee for a month, trying to convince me to play with him. Probably because I didn’t know the story, I didn’t become as passionate as he was. I played for two months, during which I managed to make level 93. But I ceased to pay the monthly fee. There were weeks that I didn’t play at all, so it seemed like a waste of money. But it is indeed a very good MMO RPG game.
Now, last week I was persuaded by my boyfriend to play Guild Wars, for old times’ sake. He’s already level 80, while I only have 26 by now. We’re playing it for fun and what I love the most, are the PVP battles and the dynamic events. They keep appearing, it’s hard for me to follow and I want to take part in all of them, haha. More than this, I love the graphics, but I don’t find anything else spectacular. Just a nice game to play in your free time. I’ve heard that at level 60 you can enter the PvP world, this one seems a little more entertaining.
What do you think about games in general? Do you like playing MMO RPG games? Tell me about your experience in the gaming world.