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14 May 2006 @ 04:01 pm

It seems foolish to be in denial about an escape, doesn't it?

For a while there, I thought I could be a casual player, one who logs in every now and then. But FFXI is a time sink, and you can't really progress without participating in the world on a daily basis. Plants require your attention at least once per day, so you can't garden at all if it's just "every now and then." Since it takes a shitload of EXP to level as you get higher, you can't advance at a discernible rate if you do not put countless hours into the process. Then, how does one obtain money or good gear if one does not participate in time consuming quests or farming? (Last year, Sleepga II cost over one million gil on the Fairy server. It was either that or doing weeks of questing to get it!)

Being a "career black mage" was fun when I had no job in real life, but now ... I have no in-game drive, and subsequently, the casual approach got thrown out the window. I simply never play. There is little point in paying for a game that just sits there, like it's been doing for the last half year while I convinced myself that yeah, I was going to log in eventually. I've realized that no, I'm not going to log in, or if I do, it won't be for very long ... and there are definitely other things I would rather be doing with my money!

So today, I finally canceled my Play Online IDs and uninstalled FFXI ... in theory, for good (especially since I had to update for over an hour to do so!). Hobbies change, and while I am still a gamer, my MMORPG era really does seem to be over.


Hahahaha! I think my father just tried to avoid paying for plane tickets to the wedding on the grounds of being an Internet idiot. I told him I'd email him a Travelocity tutorial, and talk him through it if he needed. Evasion denied!

In attire news, I obtained a pair of cute (and fortunately on clearance) shoes yesterday. They'll bring me up to a grand total of five foot six, which I hope will make me look a little less like an angry midget when I stand next to my tall cousins.


Found this on my desktop, and I had to share.

abiona (5:58:30 PM): Sure it's a good excuse ... when you run out of tape.
silvermask (5:58:46 PM): We have some kind of tape quote don't we?
abiona (5:59:00 PM): The chances by now are pretty high.
silvermask (5:59:08 PM): Yes, we do
silvermask (5:59:13 PM): "This is going to take a damn lot of tape"
Current Mood: bouncywaoooooowhat
Current Music: "The Taste of Ink," The Used
sleepykelvina on May 14th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
That sounds a lot like what I was going through when I finally decided to quit RO. 10 hours a day grinding in a guild dungeon to get my character from 98 to 99? No thanks.

If you really want to try a more casual player friendly game, I recommend something like Guild Wars or World of Warcraft, both of which are highly enjoyable even if you can only log in a few times a week. The real grind in these games comes after you've reached maxed level, which is optional if you're ok with not having the best gear in the game.

There should be a support group out there. "MMO Addicts Anonymous."
One Who Wanders: dweebabiona on May 16th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
For the Horde!
I played like ten minutes of Guild Wars once ... it looked super-shiny, but it was so weird to go out into the world and not ... see ... a ... soul. Except for that freaky little NPC girl who kept on following me around. O_O

I could try WoW again, perhaps. Hmm. I don't know, not feelin' a drive there either. XD Apothecary Keever was pretty damn awesome, though. Would definitely have to go Undead ... ::ponders::
Using stars as icecubes in my moonlight punch: pashakaelstra on May 15th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Reminds me a lot of when I quit FFXI myself. Too big of a time sink for an MMO. Can't just log in and spend 30-60 minutes doing something, and even the most mundane of activities requires hours of travel or devotion usually, and the prices were going bananas. It got to the point in the end where all I was doing was logging in and staring at my mog and talking to people in my Linkshell.

I'm a WoW Junkie now, and it's a looooot more casual and fun, I love it. :3
One Who Wanders: contemplativeabiona on May 16th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
What server do ye play on?
Silvermask: FFXIsilvermask on May 15th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
I somehow missed this post on my flist. o_O But I just noticed you sent my stuffs back. ; ; (I was like, OMFG how long have I walking around without my dark staff?)

I can totally understand why you quit, but I'm still gonna miss you! ; ; TheGuild's gonna miss you too, they said you were fun :D
One Who Wanders: ?abiona on May 16th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
I somehow missed this post on my flist. o_O

Totally evidence of you not paying attention!

Wenwren is keeping all her hard-earned stuff to the bitter end, but Nalili had a sudden bout of guilt and was like, "I borrowed it, I should return it."

Well of course I was fun to hang around, it's a game! No point in being angsty!
Silvermask: Locke - Arr. Cookiessilvermask on May 16th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
The sad thing is, I was down to like 5k and it really helps not to have to worry about not being able to afford a chocobo or something like that (although prices haven't been that horrible in a while).

I started missing RO today for some reason. o_O Help, make it stop. Why did they have to make RO so damn cute?
One Who Wanders: priestess buttabiona on May 16th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)

... why does this describe so much about the three of us?
Silvermask: Gourry - See the Happy Moronsilvermask on May 16th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
Hahahaha, it so does.

And I totally forgot that I dyed my hair green for Christmas or whatever. o_O
Thistle: FFXI- Dark Knightthistle_chaser on May 15th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Awww, {that's too bad}. :( But as one of the other people commented, WoW might be for you. The game is set up to discourage you from playing for long periods of time. *boggle* If you play only for short periods, you get XP bonuses. It breaks my FFXI-brain.

Everything about WoW is easier: Leveling, crafting, questing. I got bored out of my mind (and dude! Why do you not want me to play for long periods of time?!) but it sounds like it might fit you better.
One Who Wanders: cakeabiona on May 16th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
Maybe, maybe not. I pulled a WoW stint not too long ago (I think I pestered you on there once), it didn't last. I got bored as well, since so few intelligent people talked to me. XD I also got rather tired of Alliance asshats ganking me on PvP servers (I'm just a little Undead rogue minding my own business butchering bears, leave me alone and stop camping my damn corpse!) and Alliance asshats spitting at me and yelling what must doubtless be profanities at me on regular servers (I'm just a moocow, how offensive is my presence?). RP servers scare the shiznit out of me. XD
Thistlethistle_chaser on May 16th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oh that's right, we did talk! (I remember so little of my WoW days. :P )

(I'm just a moocow, how offensive is my presence?)

*snerks* Yeah.