Gah. MMORPGS should have some sort of counter that goes off as soon as you start click on ‘enter world’, even during the loading time. And during any loading time in game. And it gives some amount of cash or XP or something during that time.
When I start a game, I start it to play it. Yeah, I could walk off to do something while it loads up, but I’m still waiting to play, whatever I do.
Further, I want this thing ticking away when I’m standing still, or running. I suggested this on the LOTRO forum once a long time ago and they were all ‘Oh, you want something for nothing’ or ‘That doesn’t make sense’. Umm, your health regens as you run along. That’s getting something for nothing (and as to realism – well, actually you do get something for excercising in real life, but I guess you guys wouldn’t know about that…ooh, too snarky).
I want to play, I don’t want to wait to play. I don’t want to wait while I run to somewhere I can play.
And I am aberation – waiting to play IS play, for most of these folks – they’ve gone through hundreds of hours of it and…I’ll cut myself off on that.