Can You Only Love an MMOG Once?
Once you leave an MMOG, it's nearly impossible to go back. People, places, and gameplay changes, and if you do return, you'll find things are much different than when you first encountered them. In their editorial, "Can You Only Love an MMOG Once?", Cody "Micajah" Bye and Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle explore how it's so hard to return to a game that you left, and how gamers should prepare themselves before they do re-enter a world they left behind.
Like love in the real world, it often doesn't work exactly as we planned. People and games change over time, developing new tendencies or habits that we may or may not appreciate. Games offer a very serious conundrum, however, in that there's always something newer, fresher, and sexier lurking on the horizon. Initially, you may leave your game world because you've found a different game; or perhaps your life outside of gaming needs more of your attention. Whichever is the case, once you leave a game, it's often impossible to find that "loving" relationship back again.
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