The Home Game Advantage

I listened to the most recent MassivelyOP podcast last night      and am thinking about the mailbag question on “momentum” what keeps you playing fiendishly, then you take a break of any kind and that momentum is sometime lost and you don’t feel like playing for awhile, and sometimes surprisingly never again.

There’s also the concept of a “Home Game” — your main game that you play all the time and know inside and out.

Because of the small goals oriented way I play any game, I’m able to switch games pretty easily.  As I’ve mentioned, I’m happiest when I can play on my weekly rotation schedule, playing seven different games throughout the week.

Sometimes one game will take over, and becomes your preferred playscape, as World of Warcraft currently has for me.  As I’m working Legion, though, I’m getting twitchy, because I don’t care for the areas and stories, and I feel like I’m grinding towards nothing.  In Legion crafting is just not fun.  It’s like the game up through Pandaria is one game, then Draenor changes things up considerably, but all things considered, I love Draenor, but Legion…agh.   It’s a fight with myself to play through it.

As this WOW adoration and exclusivity is crumbling, I’ve peeked back into Everquest 2,  because it is still my current second favorite world, and Ravalation’s post on the character models of LOTRO and Myndariel’s new Hunter guide   has me updating the LOTRO client as we speak. Getting the Mordor expansion as well, because maybe one of my other characters can get past Mirkwood more easily. Let’s bring that Rogue forward, right?  It’s silly to let one character/class get stuck, and let your whole game get stuck,  when sometimes another class can break through a problem area for you. Once you know the way, you can anticipate and compensate for the play style of your other classes.   Yay for Alt Armies.  (Bonks self on head for letting myself feel stuck here).

Having Many Places To Call Home Means You’re Always Home

I do admire on occasion what people who only play one game know about a game, their expertise is great when you have questions.  If you play just one game, you can accomplish everything, which has to be satisfying.

At some point, many people are just tired of their game, and jaded, and frustrated with game changes or development, and perhaps they stop playing anything at all.  Never stop playing! Life is so rich in virtual worlds.  You can be the very best you, no limitations.  How great is that?

Playing Multiple Games 

Keeps all games fresh.

Staves off boredom or dissatisfaction with any particular game, and gives you a broader perspective of what is possible.

You can keep the game client up to date so a long download doesn’t discourage you from logging in to play when the impulse hits.

Often when you’ve been away for awhile you don’t recall how to play your class, or your inventory is packed with (stuff) you don’t know what to with.  You’re right up to date with game changes so it’s always  a familiar place to play.

There are a wealth of games available, so may different worlds, so much imagination in creation and care by the game makers to create a place for you to wander, it’s a golden time to be able to try so many styles of play.

4 thoughts on “The Home Game Advantage

  1. I never liked the destruction of the world that came with Cataclysm, nor how long it took them to rebuild Stormwind. Of course, it always bothered me that Kvatch in Elder Scrolls Oblivion never got rebuilt.
    I think they went a little crazy with Dailies in Pandaria and Draenor, but I'm stubborn and just don't do anything that doesn't interest me. I loved all the areas of Draenor except Nagrand. It remains the only expansion where I was caught up in the narrative and really knew and liked many npc characters and was moved by their fates.

  2. For me, WoW broke with Cataclysm and the storyline that forces you to go back in time from the post-Cata Old World to Outland and then Northrend. I stuck it out through Mists due to inertia, but Draenor was too much for me. I look at Legion and think “after this, what is left for WoW to do?”

  3. Is there any game you always keep updated, and spend some time in each week, even if you don't spend all of your gaming hours there? Or do you find yourself restlessly playing games mostly when they have expansions or large content patches for a bit, then you move on?

  4. I am typically a “serial” gamer (one at a time, all in, all focus) but that is also when one really captures my imagination. OFten, (and right now) I find myself poking in and out of different titles, sometimes 3 or 4 in a single night, updating old MMOS (LOTRO, DCUO, TSWL, WOW all recently have been updated) trying to find that one”hook”. I like having one game that is calling on me to log in, and play.

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