I do not have any active mmo subscriptions. Apart from a couple of hours spent messing about in Free Realms it has been over a month since I have played an mmo and it feels good.
I am enjoying not having one game which demands all of my attention all of the time. I am enjoying the distance that allows me to cast a disinterested eye on all those petty niggles which become so frustrating when you are immersed in a particular game. I am even enjoying the lack of social responsibility that comes from being in a guild and trying to make a positive contribution.
Even though I quit because of boredom it has still taken me about a month to reach this new happy state. Mmos are great time fillers and provide an instant answer to the nightly question of "what will I do now"?For some years I have relied on gaming as a major pastime and have come to depend on the nightly shot of endorphins that a good gaming session can provide. Quitting an mmo leaves a gap and it has taken me several weeks to re-adjust and find pleasure again in single player gaming.
The adrenaline filled action of Serious Sam was the first game I really enjoyed in over a month and was something of a breakthrough. Now I have just picked up Jade Empire and my first impressions of this story driven tale which combines rpg and action elements are very good.
Please don't take this piece as a rant against mmos. I have obtained much pleasure from social gaming and I am sure I will return to an mmo in the future but sometimes it is good to take a break. At this moment, for me single player gaming feels good.