PAX East 2012: Girl vs DVR?
Another PAX has come and gone and I’m left with the same feeling I had before I headed up for Boston, a serious lack of MMO gaming desire. While there are 3 MMOs on the gaming horizon; Guild Wars 2, Tera, and The Secret World, only one has held my interest and it didn’t even have a showing on the Expo Floor this year. I’m not quite sure what this says about me or better yet the future of MMOs in general.
I had the opportunity to play both Tera and The Secret World this weekend. Tera to me has amazing an action combat style. They had several different classes out on display at level 30 so you could roam around the country side fighting mobs. There was a VIP area that I believe was showing off a high level instance but access to that was limited to the media. However I get the feeling with Tera that outside of just the combat there really is nothing new here. I’m sorry but combat alone is not enough to make me plunk down money for the box and monthly subscription fees. The Secret World did intrigue me a bit because of its modern day setting however it comes off almost like Left 4 Dead in a MMO. I really can’t say if my negatives on either game are based on the lack of time I had to play them or just because they are the same old MMO wrapped in shiny new packaging. I have a strong feeling its the latter.
As I’ve mentioned before Guild Wars 2 is really calling to me on many levels. I’ve followed the game for awhile and got to play it a bit at PAX last year. The week leading up to PAX I watched an ungodly amount of beta video on YouTube. I do plan on doing the pre-purchase deal and hopefully will get some time in the beta because of it. The game from what I’ve seen last year first hand and from videos seems promising. The folks at Arena Net really want to do something different and they seem committed to releasing the best game possible. You can tell a lot of love has gone into Guild Wars 2. My only issue is will it be different enough to hold my attention. I have a feeling that it will but until I can sit down and get some real quality time with the game I can’t give it my stamp of approval despite how fan girl I might come off when talking about it.
Until I get my hands on a game that speaks to me and makes me log in every day to experience the world the development team has created I may be forced to become Girl vs DVR. A little joke name given to me by Pete Smith of Dragonchasers at our tweetup when I mentioned instead of gaming I spend my nights going through my DVR. Gaming and more importantly MMO gaming has become such a huge part of my life over the last 10 or so years. It’s sad to think that it might be coming to an end. I really don’t want to become Girl vs DVR but as the saying goes only time will tell.