Oh, wow, this is great. Say, while I'm eating this, why don't you check out this week's installment of WRUP? It's all the plans of the Massively staff for the weekend, and we're also talking about what games we regret having left behind. So go ahead and read that, and then let us know what you'll be up to in the comments. I'll just finish this plate off.
@Beau_Hindman: I'll be switching to Seven Souls Online for Rise and Shiny around Sunday or Monday. I'll also be pulling my usual hijinks in several different titles like RuneScape and Glitch as well, and I have some particularly cool items to investigate in Second Life. I am looking at setting up some more features for my livestreams in the world and am finding so many cool games, events, and places for the stream. It really is crazy how little people outside of Second Life know about the amount of stuff that goes on inside. After eight years, I still love it.
I'm also planning all of my columns, streams and first impressions pieces for March this weekend. I hope that I find some that are worthwhile, but I would love it if more indie MMO developers would contact Massively for coverage. We can't find all of them ourselves!
If any of the games I played in the past are still open and I truly enjoyed myself, I tend to revisit them anyway. Out of all of the games that closed down and I was forced to leave behind, there are a lot of candidates that I still miss. The Matrix Online had some very unique aspects to it; I used to stream it live years ago and would give anything for those old streams! Other than that, there are too many to name.
@nbrianna: I have guests in town this weekend, so at best, I might be able to sneak in some Glitch. Srs bsns games are going to have to wait another week!
I'd like to think I usually have good reasons for leaving a game in the first place, and when/if the game later changes to suit me more, I just go back to it -- that's been the case with most of my favorite MMOs for sure. I guess I'd say I regret leaving Asheron's Call. I did play back when it had that new game smell, but it was so hard to get friends to come with me that I never really became an elite player, and nowadays the client is a bit too daunting to entice me back.
What the heck just happened? I had precisely zero interest in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning until I played the demo for some Mass Effect 3 gumballs, and I liked that so much that I had to get the full game. So now I've got that, Final Fantasy XIV, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Ryzom all on deck for this weekend. This schedule will require me to omit certain elements of my usual weekend plans, such as eating meals or drinking liquids.
The one game that I really and truly wish I hadn't left, oddly, is Guild Wars. I didn't feel bad about leaving at the time, but the game has always had a very special place for me. I never really full-on returned, only dabbling here and there. I'm probably going to do some runs through the campaigns before Guild Wars 2 launches, if only so I can have something in the Hall of Monuments -- probably with Lis and Matt once Matt finishes up the early parts of Prophecies.
@elixabethclaire: I'll be playing in the Guil-- oh, no I won't; I'll just be wishing that there were a Guild Wars 2 beta to be playing in. I'm finally getting around to giving Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning a shot, and I'm really excited to get into it. I'm also working on dragging Matt Daniel through Guild Wars: Prophecies so he can experience all the lore and fun in preparation for GW2.
I generally feel very nostalgic about games after I've left them alone for a while. The nice thing about the recent free-to-play and free-to-try trend is that I often, now, get the chance to hop back in and either relive the glory days or get soundly reminded of why I left. Since most of 'em are still around, regret isn't really something that's come up. I do, however, wish I'd devoted more time to Star Wars Galaxies while it was around to enjoy.
TERA beta for me, with a little EVE Online and Fallen Earth on the side.
And Fallen Earth is my brain-fart game. Fortunately it's still around, so aside from when I'm coming up with The Daily Grind topics, I don't really think about silly gaming decisions too much.
@Sypster: No great overarching plans for the weekend, other than to keep plugging away at Star Trek Online, leveling a Consular in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and trying to remember my old password in Fallen Earth. I'm forever forgetting my passwords.
I usually regret leaving most games that I like because they continue on while I don't and I feel left behind. But I know I usually had a good reason for leaving them at the time, so I don't weep for what could have been.
@mvmatt: Aside from the TERA beta weekend, during which I plan to delve into the game's PvP, I'll also be running around the Guild Wars Prophecies campaign with the charming Miss Lis Cardy in an attempt to get myself caught up on all the Guild Wars goodness before Guild Wars 2's launch.
As for the bonus question, I regret having left Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies. I regret leaving UO simply because it was such a fantastic game, but with inflation and all that jazz, it's a borderline impossible feat for a new player to get started without assistance. I don't think I really need to explain why I regret quitting SWG. A moment of silence, please.
@terilynns: Besides jumping into Star Trek Online to play the third episode of The 2800 series, I will hopefully be getting my fill of spring training news. Pitchers and catchers have reported, and my beloved Giants will have their first practice on Friday. The weather here is gorgeous right now. The sandhill cranes are migrating back up north, and I just realized we'll have to snake-proof the house again soon. Don't need any little baby rattlers surprising us. Ahhh, life in the Land of Enchantment...
Since I've never left an MMO, I don't know what it would be like to regret leaving one. I'm so tied to STO and the people whom I play with that it would be very difficult to imagine leaving it.
At the start of every weekend, we catch up with the Massively staff members and ask them, "What are you playing this week?" (Otherwise known as: WRUP!) Join us to see what we're up to in and out of game -- and catch us in the comments to let us know what you're playing, too!