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Why so Much Emphasis?

After reading a number of early morning blog posts left over in my RSS reader from yesterday, I found myself wondering: Why do gamers put so much emphasis in what we and others are playing. Especially others. Why do we even care? Every day I read a post from one or more authors that includes some sort of semi derogatory remark condoning a group of players simply because of how they choose to spend their time. Or, to be more precise, where they choose to spend their time.

There are those who have made up their minds that everyone who plays a free to play game must be a certain ‘class’ of gamer. How dare they actually enjoy ‘the grind’ that comes with a lot of these games. Don’t they know that in the long run they’ll pay more for their “free” game then some people will pay for their monthly subscription?! Then there are the WoW gamers. Don’t even get me started on these people. I have heard everything from how close minded they are to how stupid they must be, simply because of where they choose to spend their time. It’s as though we as gamers have moved into certain categories and stereotypes not based on who we are, but because of where we play.You ask a fellow blogger their game of choice and suddenly your opinion of them shifts slightly.

So I ask again – why does this aspect of a person even matter. Why are we so keen to judge someone based on a persons decision to spend their free time where they wish. I have even heard people go so far as to say they do not like a particular person because they play certain games that they are not fond of. Really? Are we so shallow that we are now making character judgements based on video games?

I simply don’t understand it.

In my opinion it doesn’t matter where you play, so long as you have fun. In fact voicing my opinion about any other ‘type’ of gamer is a moot point because when it comes to how others are spending their time – my opinion doesn’t matter! It’s their time, their money, and what I think of the matter is completely irrelevant. I refuse to classify a person based on whether they’re playing EQ2, EQ, VG, LotRo, WoW, WAR, DDO, Darkfall, Wizard101, Runes of Magic, EVE, Alganon, Fallen Earth, Lineage II, Allods, Champions, STO, Free Realms, Aion, FFXIV, SWG, Guild Wars, AoC, or any other game.

Go play, and enjoy. Don’t like it? Move on and find something you DO enjoy. It’s a game. They’re supposed to be fun. There are SO many games out there and despite what others would say about them all cloning one another there are always unique factors to each and every game – you may be surprised at what you end up playing and enjoying. I implore gamers to make their own decisions about what they like and don’t like, and refuse to be classified into a category of gamer simply because of where they spend their time.

Wandering through Runes of Magic

I admit now, there is very little I know about Runes of Magic, aside from what I have read over at Mystic Worlds (which is all very fantastic information might I add). What I do know, is that it headed into Open Beta, and is free to play. They do of course have an online store where you can buy lots of stuff but I haven’t looked into that too much yet. I think this is quite reasonable since they do have to make money some how, and as of yet I haven’t really been forced to pay anything at all. Granted, I am only level 6. 

So my brief impressions so far. It’s fun, it’s colourful. I don’t care for the overhead text too much yet (it really really stands out from the world and distracts me) and the game has a VERY familiar feeling to it if you’ve played World of Warcraft. It’s actually been great for me and a lot of fun because I already have a ‘main’ MMO (or a few) that I play, and I don’t actually subscribe to WoW any more. I like having a ‘free’ alternative to that for when the urge hits me. 

So far at level 6 I’ve gotten the hang of combat and crafting, and my class (a priest), made some friends in the general channels who were talking about EQ. The community that I’ve met have been friendly and helpful, answering lots of questions in channel. Families talk about their adventures and their memories of other games which I really like. Since I’m only level 6 and have barely delved into the game I don’t have much to say about it (yet) besides those few bits. It’s not something that will ever be my ‘main’ game of choice, but it’s a great little side path for myself at the moment. We’ll just see how it goes I suppose!

Hope everyone is having an amazing weekend, no matter your game of choice.