Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Loosing Track

I am confirming something I think I already knew; I can't play multiple MMOs.  I'm trying to play Guild Wars 2 and on Saturday I just couldn't remember the path I set in-game.  The fact that I'm only playing one day a week doesn't help.  Usually when I play a game I play every day.  I thought I had broken the cycle of depending on playing a game every day with Eve Online.  Over the course of the past two years I've taken business trips where I have not even logged into the game for 2 or 3 weeks.  When I got back I just picked up where I left off.

Is Eve special in some way?  I guess the advent of the skills queue and EveMon helps.  With EveMon I set up a training plan for a year at a time.  In other games skills advancement is based on actually playing the game, which in the case of GW2 has meant a lot of grinding.  Grinding breaks the flow of the quest trail (another feature missing in Eve) and then I forget where I am when I log back in a week later.

Another feature is the crafting system.  In Eve, everything ship and ship mod (excluding rigs) needs tritanium, the first mineral a new player in Eve can extract.  Other games make players collect different base metals depending on the tier of content.  Guild Wars 2 is even more complicated with its discovery system.  Don't get me wrong, I like it better than the crafting in other games.  The system actually reminds me of the tech 2 production chain, except less complicated.  But I keep forgetting what I want to accomplish.

I think the big difference is in Eve I don't have to worry about doing things to advance my characters abilities in-game.  That leaves me free to pursue things I want to do, like bookmark low security systems or scan down signatures, without feeling I'm somehow falling behind.  With every other game I almost have to log in every day just to keep the momentum up to advance my character.  Trying to only play once a week feels strange.  The only game I've really succeeded in doing that is Eve.

With no subscription fee, I can go back to Guild Wars 2 anytime I like.  I do want to continue the experiment to see if I can play a game for one 2-3 hour play session a week.  Maybe I can figure out how to yet.

5 comments:

  1. I have the same problem. Eve is the only subscription MMO that I play. I like GW2 and World of Tanks because I can jump into them for a bit in order to recharge my Eve batteries.

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  2. Yup. I play Aion to run around in the pretty environment. I have Eve up for chats or incase someone needs me. I can't play longer then an hour or so.

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  3. Losing Track. Don't make me put a bounty on you!

    https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=1992905#post1992905

    :)

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    1. That's what I get for writing my post on the train.

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  4. For me its single player games,most steam one, skyrim,deus ex and so many other, they help to compensate the lack of MMO juice I need, Now exclusively EVE on line , but since I am out of net at home for the last 2 weeks I have no other choice.

    But its impossible to keep track of 2 MMO at the same time, no mater the type, mmo require lots of time invested to fully enjoy even EVE. But it also depends on you free time or job.

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