There’s a link uniting most bloggers I read on a regular basis. Blogs like Pink Pigtail Inn, Mmogamerchick, ectmmo just to name a few. On the whole they’re all very positive people and they write about what they like in MMOs. Sure like everyone they have their moments of criticism and just plain out rage at some events but most of the time they’re more interested in telling us how wonderful these games we play are rather than bringing us down with doom and gloom.
Me, I’m a mixed bag. If anything I’m a very passionate person. When I like something I can rave for hours about the greatness of it and when I hate something I want to see it burn. I try to moderate myself when writing but overall that’s me and I’m fine with being myself. Supposedly that makes Zen according to buddhist friend of mine. But still between negativity and positivity I prefer positivism by a long shot and would rather not wallow in being depressed and angry at everything. I’ve been there, done that, and it’s not a healthy choice.
By the way, I’m sick as hell this morning so please forgive the deep philosophical post. Where was I now?
Continuing on being positive I believe we do have a choice when it comes to MMOs. We can believe that MMO companies are greedy, evil, devil worshipping entities bent on getting every last penny from us or we can believe that these games are made by people who care as much as we do about having fun and that they are doing their best with what limited resources they got. We can choose to enjoy a kill that took 2 weeks to achieve or we can scream at all the incompetent scrubs who made us wipe all the way. We can choose to be understanding of new players, of people with limited times and show them what we love so much about our game or we can curse them for changing the face of our favorite game.
I’ve done both in the past and will likely do so again in the future. But for the record I much prefer being positive and helping. Not only do I believe it is more healthy but I also believe that it relates directly to our having fun in a MMO. Ultimately, we are the ones who have the biggest say in our having fun in a MMO. It’s a choice to be positive and enjoy something, the game is not the sole responsible of that.
I want to conclude with a suggestion Larisa made, to write down one of my best moments in a MMO. When I think about my absolute best moment in a MMO the first thing that gets to my mind does surprise me a lot. It’s quite simple actually. It was simply questing in Tanaris on a cold February morning back in vanilla WoW. I think I was leveling my rogue and there I was in the desert, killing bandits for water and scorpids for something I don’t remember. It’s not the greatest zones of the greatest quests but I distinctly remember how soothing and fun that was. I felt at peace in that desert, questing and just enjoying myself without too much worry.
Think about it for a moment, if you had to choose your best MMO moment, what would the first thing that come through your mind be? You could surprise yourself.