Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie
Anyone explain to me the draw of Runescape?
I have been gaming for ~25 years, and never figured it out.....
MMORPG. It beats the hell out of any themepark I've tried. I can login, do what I want, where I want. I'm not forced to quest. I'm not forced to run zone to zone to raise my levels. And I'm certainly not forced to reach max level so I can do raids to obtain rare and expensive gear. The community was absolute dog a few years ago, but it does seem to have matured quite a good bit since then.
RuneScape is one of those games you play in the background while at work, doing actual work. I don't enjoy the grind either, but unlike other MMORPGs, it's very easy to multi-task while doing a lot of it. You may or may not find the appeal, and given that this game has been out for 12 years now, I don't blame if you don't. I personally wouldn't want to start new in a game that has been out this long (I'd feel like I have way too much catching up to do). And probably not the time for it either. A lot of us that have high level characters, such as myself, started these characters a decade ago and have just progressed them on and off over the years. I've had a character for over a decade now, and still haven't maxed it out, nor am even that close to doing so.
EQNext, if a hardcore sandbox as SOE claims, is the only MMORPG I'm interested in trying out next. I don't even care for the crafting nature of the game. But I do love to see the whole player developed economy functioning. It makes the world feel so much more "real" and active. And makes me want to find my own unique place within it. Themeparks, imo, lack this completely. I can run through one and hit end-game without interacting with other players at all. You can sort of do the same in RS these days as it has been incredibly dumbed down over the years as well, but it's still far more beneficial to actively interact with others, where as in game like RIFT for example, it's not really necessary at all.Edited by Creator - 7/23/13 at 10:30am