God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
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archmage

Moving On?

I've been thinking, lately, and there's a 50/50 chance, right now, that I won't re-up my CoH, come February.

Pick your jaw up off the floor, before the dog runs off with it. Go on, I'll wait.

So, why? Well, first off, because I tend to play more during the day, I never see the people I enjoy playing with. Unfortunately, time zones make that a difficult thing to schedule, since when they are just getting into the swing of evening play, I'm dealing with family and dinner and home. By the time I'm good to go, if I get hooked up with them at all, it's not for very long, because, again, time zones mean they are ready to go to bed just as it's mid-evening here.

This leads into the next thing. I'm tired of playing solo. Most of the fun, for me, is the group play, the team aspect. With my friends hard to connect with, this leaves me either playing solo, or trying to hook up with random people. I don't mind random groups, of course, it's better than nothing, but that also means that you never know what kind of level of play you can expect. Take last night, for instance. My tanker gets an invite to join a random team (since there were none of the people I knew to hook up with), and off we go. Not a bad team, really, we tore through things fairly well, but we had a Storm Def who insisted on tossing Tornado in every mob. This meant that every time I got the enemies in a nice, tight herd for AoE damage and control, he then knocked them in every direction, and didn't see any problem with this. After a while, I left, out of sheer frustration.

The game has changed, just in the time I've played. Ever since they added the Consignment Markets, the game has been so much about the commerce and the toon build and not about the play, that I just...find myself not caring as much. When I play, I want to play. I didn't join the game to be a tradesman. Used to be, if you hooked up on a team, you could get some missions run, have some fun, now, all anyone wants to do is radio missions and farming for recipes/salvage. Everyone seems obsessed with IO sets and how best to min/max the toon. I've been doing RPG's for 27 years (real RPG's, you newbies), and, for me, it's always been about the play. Sure, I wanted a good character, but the focus was the game. When we had people that were obsessed with getting every little bit of perfection, we mocked them. In the MMO world, this seems to be the norm. But, what is the point of striving for the perfection, if you don't play? This isn't some classic car you finally managed to restore, but don't drive, this is a game character. I want to play him, and grow him, and yes, make him great...but I primarily want to play. If I have to take time away from play, then I'm not having as much fun. I don't expect that the game will ever go back to being about the content...and that's what I liked about it. *shrug*

Lastly, of course, is attitude. I used to avoid online games (back in the pre-MMO days) like the plague. I've enjoyed many an hour playing Quake and Unreal Tournament, but I hated playing online because of the people. Trash-talking, low-class assholes, who didn't play to play but played to win, at any cost, no matter how low. Hey, we all want to win, and not all of us will, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little courtesy and honor (dead concepts in the world today, I know). So, I chose to simply remove myself from the issue. When I started CoH, I was happily surprised at some of the goodness I encountered, and that led to new friends, etc. I've made some very close friends through the game, friends I will go out of my way to keep close, even when/if I stop playing. But the general populace is still extant, and the more the game continues to promote a lack of courtesy and a lack of actual play and continues to reward the kind of play I don't enjoy, the more it is going to annoy me. So, again, I may just choose to remove myself form the situation, as I cannot change the game.

If I had a dedicated group that played in my style, that I could see often, I'd have no question of staying. Right now, this is not the case. Schedules, alone, make this impossible. So we'll see.
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