The evenings of sitting around watching each other play Fable 3, Red Dead Redemption and Halo have long since ended. None of us play The Sims much anymore. And although my son and I are still subscribed to Rift, we’re not actually playing. I tell myself that I’m waiting for the next content update and Trion’s introduction of the first solo dungeon. It’s not that I like Rift any less – not it at all. I just have too many other irons in the fire.
I have 30 minutes here-n-there to play something. Unfortunately, that sort of short AND sporadic availability isn’t conducive to MMO end game – STILL! That reality simply sucks because the whole MMO gaming experience up until end game IS VERY conducive to it. I like Rift’s events but I’m not drawn overly much to the rewards and if you can’t accumulate enough tokens during the events scheduled and fixed duration, you’re ass out anyway.
A couple of weeks ago I pre-ordered the Xbox 360 version of Reckoning, the RPG from 38 Studios. Reckoning is the pre-cursor to their upcoming MMO code named, Copernicus. This is the IP where famed Sci-fi author, R. A. Salvatore, is writing the lore. It looks REALLY GOOD. I’m excited about the RPG as an opportunity to play something again with my kids. Well - they’re not really kids anymore; they’re in their low to mid 20s and gaming is the one common thread across their ages and genders. We are all gamers! I include my two teenage nephews and pre-teen in that bunch. I also baptized them into gaming, and drag them along for every excursion.