Have You Got It Yet?

At my particular GameStop, we had some regular customers from the cinema down the hall, including a former employee. When they take their breaks, then come down to the store and chat with us. All of them are fairly cool and very pleasant to talk to. They certainly know their games, that’s for sure. They would tell me that sometimes they set up Halo or some other game on the cinema screen when it wasn’t in use. Pretty cool, huh? Too bad I didn’t work long enough at GameStop for them to invite me to play. Although, I would have gotten owned royally, since I don’t have an Xbox or even play Halo. The conversations with them were always a laugh.

I think it was inevitable that all of the movie theatre people got into World of Warcraft. Now, this is a game that I promised I would never get. Indeed, I have sworn off of playing any sort of MMOG at all. I know what my personality is like, and I know, like The Sims, I would become very quickly addicted to a MMOG. I love The Sims, don’t get me wrong. I also love RPGs, and I think I would love the community interaction of a MMORPG, despite the many idiots online. The fact is, playing an MMORPG would be like too much of a good thing for me. I already spend entirely too much time online.

When I expressed these thoughts to the movie theatre guys, one of them started bugging me about getting in on the World of Warcraft action, and joining them on their server. Believe me, I was sorely tempted, but I resisted. Monthly fees also helped my resistance. I mean, $15 a month is great if you play it often, but if you want a life, it might not be worth it. Even still, whenever he was on break, the first question he asked when he dropped by was, “Do you have it yet?” This was amusing, and kind of endearing.

Now there is another temptation in the form of Guild Wars. A few months before the release, we had some in-store videos playing with footage from Guild Wars. Oh my God. The music, the graphics — it looked amazing! All the reviews, both professional and from regular gamers have been mostly positive. However! It’s an MMOG! I cannot! Not only that, it has no monthly fees! I can resist, because my laptop is quite shite. However, the family’s PC is able to play the newest games. Luckily (or unluckily), most of my family is quite against me using the PC to play computer games. Resisting MMOGs is not that difficult, considering these circumstances.

Now, I may have to make an exception for a certain upcoming game based upon the works of H.P. Lovecraft, however… If I do get it, I hope my family don’t mind too much.

  5 comments for “Have You Got It Yet?

  1. 17 May 2005 at 00:19

    Brin, go get WoW this instant. Call it research :)

    The more you play in general, the easier it gets to play less, actually. I find myself dipping in and out of lots of games at the moment, bits here, bits there. Nothing obsessive.

    Plus, unlike the Sims, it’s sociable while you play! I’m on RuneTotem, if you do give in..


  2. 17 May 2005 at 03:29

    WoW was a blast, while I played. If my weekly group hadn’t dissipated and my job dried up, I have no doubt I’d be playing still.

    I’m seriously eyeing Guild Wars as well. Research, as Alice suggests, is my excuse!

  3. Dyannamika
    17 May 2005 at 03:37

    Hmmm… the thing that really turned me off about WOW is the monthly fee… erg, and I know I’d get addicted. But… uh… I’m kinda also looking at Guild wars… and DND Online. But Brinstar says I’ll be in trouble if I get them. ha ha ha. I’m going for NWN. Although it’s not MMORPG, one can still play online with friends, or so I’ve heard.

  4. 17 May 2005 at 09:01

    Dyannamika: Oh you won’t be in trouble if you get them. If you do get a MMOG, I want to play it with you. If I was playing with you, I think I’d be able to reign in my game addict tendencies. At this moment, unfortunately, I don’t think I can get one.

    NWN is more likely, because I really do not see the family units being tolerant of me hogging their computer. I need to check the system requirements, but I think my clunker of a laptop can just about handle it.

  5. Dyannamika
    17 May 2005 at 09:18

    Your laptop is nothing compared to the beast which is my laptop. I like NWN too because it looks like it’s still evolving. There are extra modules we can play too once we finish the other ones! Sweet!

    :P Of course I’d play with you on the MMORG. :P

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