Arrrghhhh…. damn it!
I can already feel the pull. It starts off always the same way. At first I have no interest at all. People mention the game and I pay passing interest to it but nothing more. Then someone says something that catches my eye and I start reading more, checking things out. I don’t want to play… I tell myself I already have more than enough games and subscriptions going at once, that I fail at juggling multiples MMOs. I find some flaw or another with the game and proclaim loud and proud they’ll never get me.
But then, I keep reading and researching, out of curiosity I tell myself. No commitment, just staying informed about what’s going on.
Then the game releases. I know it’s full of bugs, that there’s going to be at least ten things I will hate and I go off to work on that particular morning thinking I won’t play and laugh at everyone getting stuck in server queues and unable to play. During lunch I check out the very first news and at some point my resolves fail. I say screw it and nearly run home to buy the game. I fail at resisting new and shinny MMOs, especially when they’re built on an IP that I have interest in.
It’s been that way for Lotro, Warhammer, Conan, Champions, Aion, Star Trek Online… all games I swore I wouldn’t play but ended up playing anyway. Some I’ve dropped, some have been companions that I played for good stretches of time.
And now I’m going to add FF14 to that list. I played the first one and already I can see myself going through the motions I’ve written about above. This time tough I won’t pretend or even try to resist. I’ll get myself a copy of the game enjoy it with everyone when it comes out…
Weak-willed? Of course I am 🙂