Do I Miss WAR When I’m Not Playing It?November 12, 2008
That there above question was posed by Raegn to me, who is obviously struggling with it himself. When I’m not playing Warhammer Online, do I miss playing it?
The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind.
Also, it’s “no”.
I don’t miss it when I’m not playing it. And that’s for a very simple reason: I’m not addicted to it or obsessed about it. I just like it very, very much. I enjoy my time playing WAR, it doesn’t take me much prompting to log on, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the game develops in the future. But does the drive to play it consume me? Not really.
I guess that might be a bad thing, if you measure fanboyism on a scale where you have to be 100% obsessed about the thing even when you’re not interacting with it. I’m sure Mythic would sleep better at night knowing that more players simply cannot wait to log in versus players who like it, want to play it, but can equally not play it and do something else. MMOs are founded on addictive principles, but if the addiction doesn’t take hold, it doesn’t mean that it’s lost its entertainment value. I might enjoy going to a casino once in a while, even if I don’t have a crippling gambling addiction, because it’s fun — not a necessity.
Part of this just comes with growing older, I think, and becoming more balanced. I have dozens and dozens of things that go on in my life every day, and I can’t afford to let a hobby grow to dominate my thoughts or interests to the exclusion of others. I don’t miss Warhammer when I’m not playing it, because that’s when I’m spending time with my wife, or with God, or with my work, or writing, or reading, or taking up a parasol and crooning “Singin’ In The Rain” down 8 Mile road. I’m still interested in WAR, to be sure, and I almost like my time reading up on it through other blogs as I do playing it (I’m like this with all games, so that’s not indicative of WAR’s gameplay). I don’t feel that I *have* to play it every night. Some weeks I do, some I don’t.
If I’m ever “missing” a game that I’m not playing at the moment, more often than not it’s because I’m having a cruddy day or week, and the thought of a fun game gives me an enjoyable goal to shoot for. I don’t think WAR is ever going to cross the barrier of addictiveness to me — few games have — but if it ever did, that would be a massive danger flag in my life, and probably would prompt me to leave it for a good while. So I guess it’s good that that’s not the case!