I’ve been thinking about the cadence with which I play MMORPGs at the moment, one that is probably far away from the stereotype of the genre or what the developers might envisage. Other than the dungeon runs in WoW Classic or Retail, I’ve generally only managed short bursts of gameplay in Everquest 2 (almost daily), plus some brief meanderings in Rift and Elder Scrolls Online. My freetime was very limited so I prioritised fun with friends for the last month to six weeks.
Now I am, almost jarringly, back to normal – no studying and no evening absorbing web-conferences (like Ignite which dominated several evenings last week). I fear I’ve become a bit too accustomed to logging into Everquest 2 for short sessions once or twice a day and having the odd hour to do a different game maybe once a week. How long do you log in for normally?
My gaming time has varied a lot over the years, dominated mostly by various stints in tertiary education. In the past I have, generally, filled any available time with one MMO or another. Earlier this year I’d also been focusing some of my freetime on RPG writing projects, which required a lot of focus and attention. As we head into Autumn, usually a rather rich time for events in MMOs, I’m feeling ready to be more ‘indulgent’ gaming-time wise. Hopefully I’ll get back into a rhythm of longer and more explorative gaming again.
The obvious point to note is the eventual launch of Shadowlands for WoW, that will naturally absorb a lot of potential gaming time come October, 26. But that’s still a month away so I have a window to get cracking on some other offerings first. As with previous years, I must have a look at the Days of Summer in Everquest 2. Otherwise I think I’ll continue to pop into some of the other MMOs on my desktop in case anything else sticks…