I’ve experienced a lot of MMO launches over the past 18 years, and they always seem to get me excited. I love everything about them! I love how everything is new and untouched. I love how for a fraction of time everyone on the server is the same level and all doing the same things together. Everyone seems to be extra friendly, social, and wanting to make that particular MMO great. MMO launches embody everything I love about the genre? What’s your favorite part of a new MMO launch?
How about traditions? Have any traditions for when a new MMO launches? When I was younger I used to get up really early, stay up really late, play for as many hours as possible, etc. Now that I’m an old man (29, woe is me) I sorta roll out of bed, eat breakfast, then hop in and play; Still just as excited, mind you. Remember when the tradition was to stock up on Mountain Dew and Hot Pockets? I think today’s version would be Monster and … well, probably Hot Pockets.
When a new MMO launched I used to race as fast as possible to stay ahead of the curve. I found enjoyment in that style of play back in the day. I no longer feel the need to rush, and actually find it hurts my enjoyment, but maybe that’s your preferred method. These days I like to take it all in and capture that single moment of perfection as I step into the world. Since we never get a true sandbox anymore I can’t really do much other than follow the prescribed path, but I like to move at a slower pace and try to enjoy everything. In today’s games there’s really no going back. If you miss something while leveling then you’ve probably missed it entirely — hence why I think the way these games are designed makes both little sense for the players’ enjoyment or the dev’s budget, but I digress.
I’m eager to hear your traditions, playstyles, and ideas about MMO launches. Whether you stock up on snacks and play all night or abstain from them entirely, I think they are one of the few things unique to our way of gaming and worthy of discussion.