I began the story one year ago, today.
Some 123,000 words in some 480 posts later, there you have it.
HAHA, it’s never really the end of gaming though, until you walk away forever. I’ve walked away before, probably like most of you, and sometimes I’ve been away for quite a while. I’ve always come back, so far, but I suppose someday I’ll walk away and I’ll be away for a long while, then I’ll say (in my head, don’t want to frighten the general public), “Well, I guess that was forever.”
Maybe as the future unfolds, games will become so engaging and will be released and updated so regularly, they’ll be like movies. Nobody ever says, “Well, I don’t think I’ll see any movies anymore.” Then we’ll all be gamers forever.
Wow. Considering some of the crap I’ve seen in games, content and players alike, that gives new meaning to “I have met the enemy, and it is us.”
Don’t think about that for too long — it’s like staring into a black abyss.
I was thinking about this Vanguard: Saga of Heroes thing that’s coming out maybe someday. (Yes, this is a Vanguard fan site! Mail all ridiculous IGE offers to the contact info.) It’s been pitched as a game for the hardc0re, maybe they’ve changed the pitch, I dunno. They should. The hardc0re is a dying breed, my friends.
(It’s all mathematics! They’d have to get a date first before they could breed little hardc0res and dating would require actually LOGGING OFF. You can see the problem here.)
I’ve visited the Vanguard message boards a few times to see what’s up and if there’s any wildly inaccurate predictions for a release date. Goddamn, there’s all the people I played with in EQ. Y’know how you’ll play a really shitty game and you’ll say to your bud, “At least that asshole Soandso from EQ isn’t here” and he’ll agree that’s the one good thing about the shitty game?
There they are, all the killstealers, the whiners, the 20-hour a day players, the steamrolling guildleaders, the ninja looters, and the cyberfucks that I had hoped (prayed) I had left behind, never to cross paths again. There. Waiting for Vanguard. Breathlessly. (more like out of breath.)
Scary. And haven’t those players advanced in their real lives AT ALL since EQ? Spouse? Children? A JOB? Finally finished college?? I realize this doesn’t apply to ALL the posters on the Vanguard boards, but there is a nest of ’em over there. Saw with mine own eyes.
(And don’t think I forgot about you, fucker — got your character name written down in my EQ notes!)
I get a kick out of comments and emails that are so obviously written by today’s hardc0re, like “dude, just do these 345,930 tasks and you’ll get the quest item, quit your whining, pussy.” Ya, really. Why would I whine about that? Why would I whine about keyed dungeons or forced raiding or requisite classes to do anything worthwhile?
I used to be hardc0re. Much as I’d like to revise history, ain’t no doubt about it, that used to be me. That’s just not me anymore.
So. What does the future hold? I’m not sure the future, for me, will be Vanguard. Of course I’ll buy and try. I’m a buy and try kinda guy. Will I stay is an entirely different question and I never know until I shut down the game for the last time … then many months later notice on the credit card bill that I forgot to cancel the subscription. (DAMMIT!)
There was a time, there was a place. That’s just not me anymore.