T’was the night before Payday…November 25, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Posted in General | 2 Comments
Tags: bad hawley, fallen earth, isn't payday great?, stopping to admire the view
Today, as I write this, is Wednesday. Tomorrow is Payday.
To everyone else getting paid tomorrow, Happy Day Before Payday!
For a whole three minutes, I shall feel rich. Beyond my wildest dreams rich. Of course, after those three minutes various standing orders, transfers and direct debits go out, and I am poor again. But what a glorious three minutes!
Regular readers (both of you) will also be aware that for the next 11 months I am cash-poor as I need to save every penny I can, or be horrendously in debt forever. Probably.
Regular readers will also remember that I decided after my brief and free flirtation with Fallen Earth that I would wait until payday before deciding whether or not to buy it. The reasoning is simple:
I don’t have much cash. It’s not a case of not being able to buy *any* toys this month, but if I am going to blow my limited budget at the beginning of the Salary Month, then I want to make sure I’m buying the right game. As opposed to Dragon Age, or Modern Warfare 2. Or Left 4 Dead 2. Mmm, heavy weaponry goodness…
By spending the time to think about it, I’m doing the equivalent of wandering around the toy shop looking at everything before deciding what I really want, rather than buying the first shiny toy that catches my eye, but isn’t what I really wanted.
I’m also worried about falling back into the MMO Tourism trap. I find misguided brand loyalty to be a bit silly, and I’ll quite happily walk away from something if I’m not enjoying it, but I’d rather be sure of whether I’ll enjoy Fallen Earth or not before I start spending money on it. I enjoyed my time in the free trial, and that sense of enjoyment hasn’t faded in the last couple of weeks. In point of fact, when I heard about the latest free trial, my first thought was; “Cool, free game time”, rather than thinking of it as another chance to see what the game was like. Which I’d like to think is a good sign that I’ll enjoy the game for longer than the first four weeks.
Free trials are good. I like free trials. They’re both free, and a great way to get a look at a game. I’d say they’re far, far better than a beta test for finding out about a game, as what you’re playing is the finished product, rather than a work in progress that may or may not be representative of what will be released. You also get to interact with players, rather than player-testers, in a free trial, and that can make all the difference in an MMO.
Yes, I want Fallen Earth. It offers a wonderful opportunity to experience a different way of playing than that offered by most available MMOs:
- I can bimble my way around. It’s not a fully sandbox world, but it’s closer to it than most of the modern crop of MMOs, and that means I’ve much more choice about playing the game the way I want to.
- I can indulge in some meaningful crafting again.
- I can beat mutant chickens to death with a lead pipe.