Can heroism be a (very, very, very) part-time job?
October 26, 2011 1:53 PM Subscribe
I’ve been invited by friends to join them on a MMORPG (City of Heroes). Is it possible to have a good time with this game without it turning into a monumental time-suck?
posted by Shepherd to sports, hobbies, & recreation (10 answers total)
We're all guys in our late 30s/early 40s, kids and/or hobbies. I've got a lot of personal projects on the go, and I think the other guys might have a bit more time to dedicate to this than me. None of us have ever played CoH before, and we're all keen, but my previous exposure to MMORPGs (watching guys in my D&D group who played the Star Wars MMORPG before moving on to WoW) always struck me as something where they were investing 20+ hours a week in it.
I’m frankly more interested in the social aspect of hanging around with some now geographically diverse friends than I am in the game, but I love superheroes so there's a lot of native appeal there as well. Two of us (me included) are not “gamers”, the other two are more experienced at online gaming (but pretty MMORPG-lite, AFAIK).
Is it a fool's errand to think that we can just "get together" for a couple of hours a week (max) online and play? Do you have any strategies or ideas on how to really get a lot of MMORPG fun out of a limited amount of time? If the others have more time to bash around and level up and stuff, am I anchored to “keeping up with the SuperJoneses” or will I be able to play with them regardless?