Waiting with antici...pation.
No game experience has felt as exciting as it did in those early years. I had previously resigned myself a few years ago to the notion that gaming will never be "what it once was" for me. I had given it some thought and made this personal assessment:
- PC mmo gaming was "new" to me - and that in and of itself made it special;
- Gaming choices were few, we all had far less expectations of technology - and that in and of itself made it special;
- I was young (or younger! haha) and could stay up playing or raiding until 3am and still be at work by 8am, all while having fellow guildies call or text me throughout the day to discuss raid happenings from the previous night or a new tactic for the next night - and that in and of itself made it special.
I've attempted a few times to recapture the glory but I haven't remotely felt nestled in anywhere (until recently, that is). :-)
For Ashes, I can't help this feeling of optimism. To hear the developers say words that I have long felt, about wanting something new, different, improved rather than recycled, rehashed, relabeled. I would HATE to say I've been sold by marketing, but dang it! These early Ashes videos pulled me right the heck in, lol! Of course, in hearing the overwhelming response to the kick-starter campaign, I couldn't help but take notice of how many people were excited and willing enough to put money on it; so much so that it had me getting my wallet out, too. Then when we attended the very, very long guild meet-and-greet event on Twitch, it was amazing to see and hear how many others are eager and excited to join in this new endeavor. I've also had a few game friends from back-in-the-day reach out, talking about it and sharing their thoughts that Ashes may usher them back in to the gaming world. Wow... Er, I mean not "WoW" but you know, wow...
Could it all be a bunch of hooey? Sure. But any game I've ever played could have been a bunch of hooey - and some were, some weren't. The ones that weren't, ended up being magical and helped create memories to last the rest of my life. If there is even a slim possibility of experiencing something new and fresh, plus the added benefit of doing so with Gaiscioch, then I can't help but feel giddy too, just as you, ready to unwrap a new toy. :-)