Ignorance is bliss? Present vs future
Do you follow news and blog posts on upcoming games closely? Do you know the release dates at heart for MMOs to go live this autumna and winter? Do you know which MMOs are currently in some beta stage?
In the last months I have found myself to mostly ignore this kind of information. I do read blog posts, but mainly about existing games. If the posts cover future games I either do not read it or often just skim through the post, unless the game happens to be very near release.
For future games I now tend to a rough categorisation early on – interested, maybe interested and not interested. Those in the interested category I read enough about that I think it will be worth the effort to get the game when it is released. Once I reached that decision I do not investigate it much further – Guild Wars 2, Earthrise and The Secret World are in this category, for example.
In maybe interested category are those that some brief digging for info were not convincing enough definitely try out. These are the ones I may look at after release a bit more to see if I actually will try them after all at some point. DC Universe Online and Final Fantasy XIV are in this category, for example.
The not interested category are of course those that I am quite unlikely to try out or investigate much further.
The poitn with all this is though that I have found myself spending less time looking at any potential new and shiny stuff and more looking into what is happening with existing MMOs – which in a way is just as interesting as the new and shiny stuff. But changes to existing games and how well developers handle that says more about the quality of the game than what may be included in the 1.0 release.