I'm done with teenage crushes, they just don't last long enough.
I'm happily married, but occasionally I want something... different.
A nice low-key affair, that's what I need.
NB: This is a metaphor. Or a smilie. Or an allegory. I'm never certain of the difference.
See, I had my teenage crush when I played Rift. For a few weeks, it was all I wanted to play. It was shiny, it was oh so very pretty, it was briefly a very intense experience, but it wasn't substantial enough. So the passion died and I got bored.
WoW is my marriage. It's been there for years. It's solid, dependable. I know my way around it. I know its flaws and its good points. I know the things it does that makes me happy, and the things it does that makes me grind my teeth. We fit well together, WoW and I.
But sometimes... sometimes I want something that isn't WoW. I want something that's familiar enough, but different. I don't want a lover who's identical to my husband. I want one who isn't demanding, who knows the score and occasionally buys me silk underwear. But I don't want a teenage crush. I want something that'll last. Something that I can visit when WoW gets too humdrum. Something that I can play one evening a week, that gives me enough kaboom that I can happily toddle off back to WoW, secure in the knowledge that I can visit again, when I want to, without any demands or regrets.
I think LoTRO would fall into the category of being too similar to my husband, as would other MMOs based in a 'fantasy' world. Now Wiki's list of MMORPGs are kinda heavy on the 'fantasy' genre. To say the least. But having looked and visited various sites I'm off to