Tonight, as I played on our freshly wiped FTB Minecraft server, I realized how similar a fresh start in Minecraft feels to a new MMO. The first day is all about getting a feel for the terrain, figuring out where you want to begin your new life, and then getting to work. I realized I was squirreling away items and hanging onto every advantage I could find.
Like playing a new MMO for the first time, everything feels dangerous. Even though I’ve played Minecraft for hundreds and hundreds of hours, having nothing but a wooden pickaxe then coming face to face with a creeper still makes me scream like Blaine from Rat Race during the airport scene. Soon that fear is replaced with apathy, and eventually I cease to appreciate all of the little things that I used to treasure.
Just like Minecraft, my favorite part of every MMO is the beginning. I crave it. I wish it could be relived over, and over. When World of Warcraft came out there were so many people starting to play that Blizzard kept creating servers months and months after release. I made a new character on all of them, and on 3 of them I went from 1-60 and did server first raids.
Anyone else love the fresh start in a brand new MMO more than anything else? There’s just something magical about it.