so this will be a long and rambling rant that really has no point. you are warned. I'll hide it behind the jump here since you probably don't care
recently I stopped playing WoW due to lack of interest. since then, I've bounced around to a few F2P MMOs (what MMOs AREN'T F2P anymore now? like 3 of them or something?) mostly asian imports. specifically, dragon nest and eden eternal. both of which I started playing because da and sruff were playing them as well. I've also been playing some more league of legends, as well as watching some let's plays on youtube. notably stuff by totalbiscuit and OFMGcata. because of all this, I've noticed something. I just don't play games like everyone else.
maybe it's because of my age, or my personality or whatever, but I feel so out of place in online games nowadays. for instance, I go to the dragon nest forums and look at posts. 90% of them are so poorly written that even if they had the most salient point in the world, no one would be able to tell. it's like a code-breaking exercise to understand what's being said. additionally, most of the posts appear to be written by one of two general types of people.
1) non-english speakers. these people are clearly not from an english speaking area and it shows.
2) children, or people whose writing is indistinguishable from that of a child's. these people make almost no sense at all times, doubly so if they're trying to explain something or give instructions.
it's honestly shocking to me, and extremely demotivating to me to see this kind of thing. I don't want to log in to a game where I feel like I'm an adult trapped in a kindergarten class. it's just not enjoyable. on top of that, the main thing that keeps me going in these games used to be the people in them, usually people in my guild/supergroup/clan/linkshell/whatever. now though I don't feel like I can relate to anyone who plays these games. I feel like I'm a relic of a bygone era, surrounded by a group of gamers that don't "get it" or something. it's very hard to put into words the feeling this gives me. "out of place" is the best I can do.
add to that the let's plays I've been watching. I don't know if it's just the people I've been watching or what, but they all seem utterly incompetent and unable to notice any obvious contextual clues or make educated guesses based on common genre mechanics. I'm not going to sit here and claim I've played a bajillion games, because while I have played many I don't think it's any more than these people. I guess I'm just so jaded or conditioned or something that I am always looking for the mechanics behind the game. that's all I really care about nowadays, honestly. graphics don't matter, plot doesn't matter, just the mechanics. what do I need to do, how do I do it, and how does it work so that I can win/progress. I read every tool tip, loading screen protip, and tutorial window (the first time, anyway) then infer the rest. only rarely do I ever have to adjust my assumptions or inferences that I make about the mechanics of a game. all of this happens pretty fast too, if the game isn't an RPG or game with a similarly large number of stats/powers/systems/variables it's a <5 minute process for the most part.
the people doing these let's plays though, are painfully bad. now, they are entertaining with their commentary, but they're terrible at the game they're playing. they can't see the rules and mechanics through the graphics or whatever. they can't make simple inferences like "I have a bunch of elements charged up in magicka and I'm moving slowly now, clearly move speed is reduced when you have many elements charged" and then do a quick test to see if that's true and move on. no, they flail around for minutes and then give up. is that how people play games now? I just don't get why someone who's played many games would do such a thing.
on the other hand, these people seem to be enjoying the game a lot more than I do or did. everything is a surprise, everything is an adventure to them it seems. I wish I could get that excited about a game now. I haven't been genuinely excited due to playing a game in years I think.
I dunno, I guess I am outgrowing games or something. either that or I'm just missing the people that play them who aren't hyperactive 12 year olds and/or like acting like one.