How long do you log in for?

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?

Overseer has been a constant this summer

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.

Dipping a toe back into healing with an Intrepid Adventure

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…

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2 Responses to How long do you log in for?

  1. bhagpuss says:

    The way I play has changed almost out of all recognition over the past year. I used to play for lengthy sessions most days. Different games but almost always sessions lasting two to four hours and sometimes several sessions of that length in a day.

    For the last six months or so I mostly do short sessions lasting fifteen minutes to an hour. Most of those sessions are doing dailies. Once the dailies are done I usually stop. I do that in three or four games every day.

    Once or twice a week I have a longer session, maybe two hours, where I actually do something, like an instance or a quest chain. Sometimes, if there’s a holiday event I like, I might stick around for an hour or more doing that. On a Sunday I quite often take a long sesssion, a couple of hours or more, tidying banks and inventory.

    About the only thing that keeps me logged in and playing for extended sessions is GW2’s World vs World, if I happen to log in when there’s something happening, like a major attack on our borderland. I was quite annoyed to log in last night to hear that our Garrison had been under siege for more than four hours. I love long defenses – I’d have stayed for most of that. As it was I still stayed for an hour at the tail end of the assault.

    I wonder sometimes if I’m losing interest in the hobby but my experience with WoW Classic last year suggests that’s not what’s going on. I played long sessions of Classic almost every day for nearly three months. I think the problem is that there’s nothing much to get stuck into right now, just more of the same. I’m hoping (expecting, really) that the level squish and new leveling regime in WoW and then the EQII expansion will get me back to longer sessions soon. Then there’s GW2’s expansion next year.

    The real test is going to come when Pantheon becomes openly playable. If that doesn’t have me playing every hour there is for months on end then I think the honeymoon will finally be over. The marriage, though, that will carry on.

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