I guess it’s fitting that my greatest MMO regrets come from the game I invested most of my time and heart in. What saddens or bugs you looking back on your time in virtual worlds and communities? – Syl at MMO Gypsy
Like Syl, I regret returning to World of Warcraft during Cataclysm. I’ve talked about it before. Hillsbrad became something unrecognizable. Stranglethorn Vale, my favorite zone, was broken into two and the elite hunting quests were downgraded. The entirety of one’s existence revolved around a giant dragon that randomly set things on fire. Wintergrasp was trivialized, but such is life when an expansion hits.
I regret having spent so much time on World of Warcraft in general rather than striking out and doing new things like Murf suggests. Trying games because they are there. Spending time exploring new, growth-positive gaming endeavors rather than continually returning to old haunts and servers for previous expansions of old favorites.
I regret not having spent a lot more time in Guild Wars 2 and WildStar and compartmentalizing my experiences within those games a bit more. Had I made the decision to split off into two blogs earlier, I would have been more thematically consistent.
I regret having pushed myself beyond burnout and sanity in Final Fantasy 14. It made for some good blog posts, though.
I regret not having learned from history, just as I regret not having learned from the adage with regard to repetition and insanity.
I wish I had learned to use fiction-writing as a form of therapy earlier. I suppose that’s not a regret – just an idle reflection.