I can only count on one hand the number of regrets I have for MMO’s, not counting the regrets I have for buying or playing.Â I’m talking about regrets I have for stopping or skipping playing a MMO.Â It’s that “Ugh, If only I had…” feeling.Â Sometimes it’s easier not to think about those games at all, but then what would we learn if we did?Â Maybe I’m a masochist, but I find it fascinating to delve into why I have feelings of regret over a game to perhaps discover what it was about that game that I liked.Â That leads to discovering finer parts of a game — a game that you may have thought you disliked when you stopped playing; hindsight is 20/20.
My most recent regret is with Lord of the Rings Online.Â Why did I stop playing LOTRO?Â I can tell you exactly why .Â In fact I have written about it several times.Â I stopped playing because I ran out of content.Â I absolutely loved the game and had multiple characters at the max level without ever taking a break from the game.Â Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve accomplished something like that?Â Years!Â LOTRO was my last MMO that I really got into and spent a lot of time in.Â I maxed crafting to the point of making steady profits.Â I killed the hardest raid bosses in the game on farm status.Â I had gear that was competitive to the best stuff available.Â I had done the rep grinds they added.Â I was even on the private beta test server — not the public one, but the private one that got to see content months in advance.Â I simply ran out of stuff to do and as much as I liked the game I was lured away by the “next big thing” because it was new and I couldn’t see paying to log into a game that was very much about moving forward when there was nowhere to go (a reason why having a lot of social gameplay is important).
In hindsight I regret that decision.Â I’ve watched Mines of Moria release, new chapters, and now Mirkwood which is a digital expansion and the conclusion to the MoM, and I can’t help but wish I had kept up with things to experience the content.Â LOTRO’s PvE was never anything groundbreaking and the PvP was always “meh”, but they had a way of telling a story in the game and making you enjoy the content.Â A big part of what made the game special was indeed the intellectual property (same with SWG) but that’s a topic for another day.Â Bottom line is that I wish I had kept up with things to see Mirkwood.Â I’ll continue to regret my decision every time a new expansion comes out. I should have just stuck with it a little bit longer.
This latest video really gets me.
I think what will hit me the hardest is when Rohan and Minis Tirith are implemented. Amazing property Turbine has at their disposal. Those of you still playing, I hope you guys enjoy the content! Let me know all about it and please feel free to share your experiences with Mines of Moria and content that has released since. I’d like to at least know what I missed. 🙂