Well, it’s been a while since I updated this site, but I imagine many already know that I am no longer playing RO.
I want to stress that I still like Ragnarok, I’ve put an absurd amount of hours into playing, researching, writing about the game. When I first took a break from RO I played Rift for a couple months, which while enjoyable (it was an impressive game to say the least), I came to eventually understand why old school MMO’s like RO remain appealing against the big name online games these days. RO has always been a sort of harsh game for players to pick up and play, but it’s a freedom that you don’t see much these days. The modern MMO is a treadmill of goto’s and do-this’, and for it’s grinding leveling gameplay, my experience with Ragnarok and how I play it, even how I build my character is always different from the next guy, which is something the modern MMO doesn’t give you.
I don’t necessarily dislike where RO is going right now. I don’t even dislike what they’re doing with the cash shop, it’s just how online games these days work. It’s just that spending a good part of the last decade playing the game, the game continued to take up time that I wanted to spend doing other things.
I look at RO right now and I can definitely see it being around for a good while. I’ve got to give my shoutout to Heimdallr and the GM team, they do a job that would drive a regular man insane. I don’t think I could have done it in their position. They are finally getting the freedom to tweak and change things with the game, and now it seems on a weekly basis they’re coming out with something nice for players to do, so I’m sure iRO will be well served.
So I hopefully will continue to make use of my new-found free time practicing my programming and making small games. *Shameless Plug* You can even see some of what I have online at the moment. (Game1 Game2 Video1 Video2 Timelapse1)
Anyways thanks to everyone who played with/against me on iRO, it’s been a fun time!
Edit: Of course, the resources available on this site will remain accessible for as long as I can maintain them.