Not being currently addicted to an MMO is in one sense great, as it leaves me more time to work, to catch up on reading, etc. Not having a current MMO is also a bad thing, in that it feels as though I have this huge hole with nothing in it. I really miss my escape, my retreat into alternate universes.
After my Inquisitor hit 50, and Phil stopped playing, I eventually cancelled my subscription. There were other storylines that I wanted to experience, such as the Imperial Agent, Bounty Hunter and Smuggler, but the thought of levelling back through all of that content, this time alone, just left me cold. I loved the story, but it wasn’t enough to justify a game subscription when we’re both freelancing (and quite broke).
I inadvertently discovered that they hadn’t cancelled my subscription. When I first started playing, I had signed up for the founder’s sub which renewed every six months (I think). It must have renewed again for six months and I missed it in the bank account. I really hate subs that assume that you want to be billed automatically – I’d prefer the choice to opt in to that. Logged in, played a few times, but I was no longer in a guild, I didn’t know anyone else who was playing, and I had to re-learn what all my characters were doing.
Since in a moment of madness I’d signed up for the Annual Subscription, I have an active WoW account. I just don’t want to do anything with it at the moment. I have, what, five 85s and don’t want to raid or do instances on any of them. As much as I still love the game, Warcraft is crawling with asshats: epeen raiders, Gearscore tards, the GoGoGo guy, etc. I rolled a character on a roleplaying realm, but nothing seemed to be happening there. I log in every now and then for Darkmoon Faire, but not much else.
Aion went f2p, which was nice, but again I think that ship has sailed. I logged in a few times, looked at my Templar, and couldn’t remember the slightest thing about tanking with her. Logged out, fortunately before getting ganked which always really pisses me off. Another factor in not playing Aion, even in f2p form: I’m very much not a fan of non-consensual pvp.
I miss being in love. I miss being excited when I know I have a full day to play a new game, and playing for sixteen hours straight. I miss that stage where you’re playing so much that it invades your dreams at night.
GW2 can’t come fast enough.