Why I Won’t Play MMORPGs

With the impending release of Star Wars: The Old Republic, I thought that I would evaluate whether I should jump in and give the game a try. Basically, I came to a surprising conclusion and a rule I will be using for the foreseeable future.

I will only play single-player games.

To put it more bluntly, I will only play games that include something like this:

Ocarina of Time Ending

I need an ending. I need a conclusion. I need something that hits my head and says “you’re done, step away”. I tend to get very focused on a single thing and fixate on it until I complete it. I fear that if I would get focused on an MMORPG (or any multiplayer game), I really wouldn’t come up for air at any point.

So, I’m staying away. I just completed Twilight Princess last week and my next three gaming adventures are these:

  1. Dragon Age 2
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  3. Mass Effect 3

Each one is a single-player game (not acknowledging ME3’s multiplayer stuff AT ALL), and each one will have an ending. I will play it, beat it, and then set it aside.

Those are my kind of games.