Massively multiplayer online rolelaying games (MMORPGs, also called MMOs for short) like World of Warcraft, Everquest, Dark Ages of Camelot, Runescape, Age of Conan, etc. are online games that are like a microcosm of real life. As a player who has been through many ups and downs, from the early days when I first played Runescape to today’s launch of the English version of ArcheAge, I have learnt many useful things from MMO games.
Why I Play MMORPGs
1 – They are free. Not all of them are free, but a significant number are free to play (f2p). Yeah, I am cheap.
2 – I get to meet people from all over the world. It’s fun and in real life I would probably not know a wheelchair bound UK retiree, Romanian college student, Singaporean businessman, Hawaiian family man, Canadian aspiring chef, and tons of housewives of different ages. I love to listen to their daily lives. For some reason we talk about food a lot. 🙂
3 – Players are creative. Since MMORPG players often play everyday, we tend to get immersed in our game and this spills over into our artistic endeavors. I, for example, blog about MMORPGs, while my friends create fanart, poetry, fiction, etc. about our favorite games and the MMORPG gaming culture.
4 – I have free time. I’m sure almost all of us have at least an hour each day of free time. I like to spend mine playing games.
5 – MMORPG gaming is deep. It might not seem so at first when you are a newbie but gradually, as you level up, you will discover that the endgame is totally different from your staring days. For example, whereas your normal player would kill or craft things to earn in-game money, there are player merchants who buy and sell. The concept is simple: buy low, sell high. But how do you know when items are going to rise in price? Heh, it’s not always easy.
6 – I have a daily routine. I know, you probably think this is dumb but I actually do enjoy doing a lot of different things everyday. I get a good feeling when I finish my tasks for the day.
7 – MMOs are very social. Once you start playing a lot it’s really fun to join a player guild/clan. It adds another layer of complexity and fun to the gaming experience.
8 – There is no winning or losing. Honestly, there isn’t. In MMORPGs you can play the way you want. You can powerlevel or you can just stand at the city square all day long chatting with people. It’s cool.
I think most people who play MMORPGs probably feel the same way. What do you think?
The Daily Post
Today’s writing prompt:
“You’ve been given the opportunity to send one message to one person you wouldn’t normally have access to (for example: the President. Kim Kardashian. A coffee grower in Ethiopia). Who’s the person you choose, and what’s the message?”
– from the Daily Post
I would send a message to the Andrew Gower, the original owner and creator of the game Runescape, to thank him for all the years I spent having fun playing it. I would also ask him to buy back the version 1 (Runescape Classic) and let people run their own servers.