The allure of EQ and Minecraft
I go through phases where I start craving certain games. Right now I’m craving Minecraft and some classic 1999-2001 EverQuest. As you guys well know, I get the itch for some old fashion EQ a lot. I keep trying to figure out why. “Because you like those games, Keen.” Yes, very astute; you are correct. What makes them fun games to RETURN to, not just to play. Why can I RETURN to them so easily?
This one is really obvious. I get to make whatever I want, and what I make can actually do stuff. Even the people who play 24/7 can’t seem to make everything. There’s always a new way of making a farm, a new way to breed cows, some new machine that does something, etc. I’m limited by my imagination and knowing that something is possible, not in my ability to do it. The nature of get-in-get-out play of Minecraft is second to none. I can jump into a single-player or a multiplayer game and play for 20 minutes or 10 hours.
I have a level 25ish Enchanter that I’ve been nurturing for months. For some reason, every few months I start itching to play. Returning to EQ isn’t easy. Grouping is mandatory. Death means you lose hours of work. Leveling and advancing a character takes a VERY long time. Why then do I feel the urge? Maybe it’s knowing that even 10 minutes of progress is literal progress. For some reason I just want to get into a group and mez monsters.
Depth? Thought? Danger? I hate writing about a seemingly inexplicable topic, but this has been bugging me lately and writing about it seems to be helping. In both games I do not play -through- something. In both games I can truly stop and think about what, where, when, and how — and those things are entirely up to me. As usual you guys will probably express in words what I seem to only ramble about as ‘feelings’.