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Of MMOs and RPGs…

August 2, 2006

Yesterday I cancelled my subscription to WoW. That game has a strange effect on me: whenever I’m not playing, I feel like I’m wasting money. $15 a month is not that expensive—it’s only about $0.50 a day. But only really if I’m playing every day all day. Actually, I’m paying about $15 for about 15-16 hours of game play. Still, $1 an hour isn’t really overly expensive. Of course, the last few weeks I haven’t even been playing enough to average 15 hours a month because of all the weddings that are going on.

In any case, no matter how you crunch the numbers, a WoW subscription is not prohibitively expensive for me. But in spite of this, these monthly bills were constantly nagging at me. They made me feel obligated to be playing. When I would have spare time and not be playing I felt like I was throwing money away (even if it was only a little—hey, I’m part Scot, what do you expect). Half the time when I would be playing, it felt more like a chore; the other half the time I was having fun partly just because I felt like I was getting my money’s worth.

So the simple solution was to stop playing altogether. It feels like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. And it’s not like I have trouble filling my free time. Between my guitar and all the instruments I should practice/want to learn, reading, household chores, Capoeira, and games that don’t charge me fees to play, there’s plenty to occupy my time. Not to mention real RPGs…

Once Nater and Sarah get back from their honeymoon we’re going to try and start playing D&D again. I’ve also decided to re-read Changeling: The Dreaming to try and get some inspiration for a mini-chronicle. I had an idea for a different kind of paradigm for storytelling that I’d like to give a try. It might help to alleviate the feeling that the entire world was created just for you. It also might make life very boring for the players, but hopefully not.

Anyway, this has gotten long enough. Maybe later I’ll put up a full-blown rant/ramble about MMOs and RPGs and all the related benefits and problems I find there-in.

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