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.