WildStar and Falling Behind in MMOs
When a new MMO launches do you ever feel pressed to keep playing to stay at or ahead of the curve? Maybe you have friends playing who all seem to have more time than you do — does that bother you? I’ve recently found myself in such a place which is quite unusual for me. I’ve always been the guy with inordinate amounts of time to simply log in and level like crazy, but now I’m the guy who has struggled to find an opportunity to log in and play much of WildStar.
I was able to log in and play for several hours on launch day, and a couple of hours on day 2. Yesterday I wasn’t able to log in at all. It’s an interesting conundrum since I am the leader of our WildStar guild. I’m glad to have officers I can rely on, and a community that won’t judge me for being lower level than they are, at least until I can catch up. If anything, having higher level guildmates means that I can get help via the mentor system. That inner-struggle still exists, though. I feel like I want to be pushing ahead with everyone.
One observation I can make about WildStar so far is just to affirm WildStar’s setting as a powerful influence on the rest of their game. The zany, oft wacky world makes mundane tasks interesting. I personally think questing sucks in almost every game. WildStar’s quests really aren’t that great when you look at the actual gameplay elements/mechanics, and the story is sorta crap, but the setting and atmosphere at least make up for it. I can safely skip the text and just ‘do’ the actions it tells me and, unlike many other MMOs, at least understand in a weird way why it’s fitting. They did a nice job piecing together their world.
I’m curious to hear your thoughts on how you cope with the “I’m falling behind” feeling if it’s something you’ve ever had to deal with in a MMO.