Has an MMO inspired you to act in real life? | A good roll

ByJose A. York

Jul 9, 2022

I don’t think I’ll ever forget growing up in the era of Atari and Nintendo, where certain blocky virtual pixels paved the way for an escape from the real world. Even back then, when every game was just a mash-up of Tetris shapes, the ability to dive deep down a two-way rabbit hole – where the games you play would spark more passion for the activities you participated in both in and out of the real world, was abundantly apparent.

Titles like California Games, which strongly influenced my hacky sack obsession, and Stadium Events, complete with Nintendo Power Pad, helped me find unforeseen interests that I might not have wanted to try otherwise. Decades later, when I thought those days were long gone, I still find that some of the MMOs I play have beneficial influences on my real life and have since inspired me to do things I never would have. never done in the past.

The most recent example of an MMO inspiring me to do something I had never planned to do before occurred during my recent play sessions of Republic of Horsemen. Extreme sports used to be a hobby of mine, but with an overabundance of work and daily life taking away the more demanding hobbies I enjoyed, actually shredding powder on a snowboard seems awfully out of reach. Republic of Horsemen provides adrenaline-fueled stunt tracks and races with thematic punk songs, many of which have been around since I stepped on a set of wheels, but I have no misconception about my lack of ability to pull it off many of these towers today.

Instead, what really piqued my interest were the places that Republic of Horsemen showcases. The level design is created so that all of these famous national parks are within short cycling distance of each other, but in reality, these locations are all across the United States. The beautiful landscapes scattered throughout the game inspired a wanderlust that made me realize that not only did I want to experience some of these places on my own, but I needed to, while I still had a chance to balance on a snowboard. Contrary to Republic of Horsemen I’m not planning on trying to ride a pizza delivery bike up a steep mountain or dressing up in a rocket wing suit, but the simple inspiration of traveling to some of the most beautiful national parks of the country and doing what I’m actually able to do is more than enough for me.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been inspired by an MMORPG either. I probably wouldn’t get half the interest I have in JRR Tolkien the Lord of the Rings series if it wasn’t for The Lord of the Rings online. The books are often part of the high school curriculum in the United States, and I only wish the MMO had come out during the time I was obligated to read them. Years later, I found a new fascination with books that grew out of my time in the game.

I vividly remember a major shift that an MMO had on my comic book allegiance as well. As a huge superhero fan who mostly leans into Marvel Comics (RIP marvel heroes), the release of DC Universe Online introduced me to many CC characters and storylines that I was unfamiliar with that even led me to go to the comic book store with an interest in several new series. Games inspire us in many ways. One of my favorite things about the MMORPG community is how shamelessly we can get into the games we love. Do you remember a time when a game inspired you? Jump in the comments and share with the rest of us!

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