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Re: USAGE: Everquest (was: USAGE: Internetese deviancy - the definite article)

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 28, 2004, 14:00
On Tue, Jul 27, 2004 at 04:02:59PM -0500, Mark P. Line wrote:
> Umm, it looks like we might almost have a quorum on Everquest..... > > How many others here play EQ or some other MMORPG?
Well, I don't really play EQ anymore. My wife does, and my account is still active, but it usually gets used for a bazaar mule (a character set up as an automated merchant in the bazaar, selling items that your other characters have acquired through their adventures - a common way of making in-game money). Sometimes my wife will play two characters at once on a raid, which is an interesting skill. I've witnessed someone else playing *three* at once, and very well; fascinating! I do, on the other hand, play City of Heroes (a superhero-themed MMORPG) quite a lot. Here again we have two accounts, and my wife uses hers quite a bit more than I use my EQ one, but I still play far more often than she. One of my characters in CoH is the superhero character for whom I created my first conlang, lo these many years ago (I'm 36, btw). She also occasionally plays Star Wars: Galaxies, but although I have enjoyed non-MMO Star Wars-themed RPGs like Knights of the Old Republic, Galaxies didn't interest me very much. My wife's interest is declining as well - many aspects of the game are well-conceived, but the amount of content is pretty low; there's just not that much to do. Plus much of your character's past skill advancement has to be abandoned in order to learn new skills, which I think is a bad idea. The goal is to keep characters from getting too "ueber", but you wind up feeling as though you've wasted a lot of time (beyond the real-world sense in which playing such a game is considered by many to be a waste of time in the first place :)). At this point she only signs on to socialize with the folks she met there, so it's basically a fancy (and expensive) chat program. So that account will probably be dropped in favor of one in World of Warcraft when the latter game is released this fall. I am also looking forward to the Matrix MMORPG. -Marcos