Recently, I was deciding whether I wanted to dump a few bucks into dating apps just to see what’s out there. However, I weighed the option against paying for a subscription to Daybreak to play EverQuest and EverQuest 2. Guess which one I went with?
In reality, I haven’t had the best of luck meeting people lately. Then again, I haven’t really put myself out there. Between COVID-19 and my own sense of doubt, I just really haven’t put in the time or effort.
Dating Apps are a Gamble
After my recent bout with Bumble and the gambled loss of Zoosk, I was debating on trying it one more time on a more well-known platform.
But then it hit me. Instead of forking over $35 per month to some dating app that doesn’t guarantee I’ll meet anyone, why not toss that money at Daybreak?
For the same price, I can get All Access to Daybreak’s games for three months. At least I know what I’m getting into by paying for the premium service.
After all, I haven’t played EverQuest in quite some time. I wonder what all has changed in the game?
EverQuest is Still a Thing?
I was quite surprised to find the EQ servers still up and running. After Daybreak canned the plans for EverQuest Next and tossed H1Z1 Survival in the bin, I figured EQ would be next.
That’s the purpose of an investment group…to trim the fat, monetize whatever is possible, run with as few employees as possible, to make the most money as possible.
In many ways, investment groups are like parasites.
After logging in, I found the servers still have several hundred players on at any given time. And, expansion packs are still being created. This tells me that EverQuest is still a popular enough platform as Daybreak would have axed it by now.
Although some features seem to be broken, like sharing accomplishments and screenshots directly from the game on Facebook and Twitter, the game is still playable.
Why EverQuest and Not a Dating App?
Now, don’t get me wrong. I would love nothing more than to meet the woman who makes me climb to the top of a tree, naked, spouting sonnets and haikus while proclaiming my undying love.
But in 2020? I’m not really sure that’s going to be possible any time in the near future.
So, instead of gambling on a dating app, I’ll pay for a few months of EverQuest.
I’ve never had the best experience when it comes to dating apps. I’ve met some of the most psychotic women Colorado can offer. By the end of the date, I often realize the money would have been better spent buying dinner at Casa Bonita.
If you’re from Colorado, that’s a funny line.
Anyway, EverQuest has always given me quite a bit in terms of enjoyment. I’ve been playing it off and on since 2000 and still have a lot left to explore.
Part of that is because I don’t sit and play just one game for 12 hours a day. In reality, I have a job and a mortgage to pay.
Still, I do find myself far more engaged in playing EverQuest than I ever did browsing through profiles of “women” who never respond.
I mean, I can see why dating apps buy fake profiles. They need to deliver the appearance there are selections available. Otherwise, no one would use the app.
But man, I would love to get a response from someone with a heartbeat.
More Social Interaction
Out of the six months I paid for Zoosk, I was in one conversation. And it was with a woman who looked like my brother who wanted me to drive to Colorado Springs to “meet” her and her girlfriend…if you know what I mean.
That’s it. Six months of sending messages and trying to chat for one short-lived conversation. And no…I stayed home.
At least in EverQuest, I can group up and meet new people. In fact, I’ve met far more interesting people on EQ than I ever have on a dating app.
Some of the friendships I’ve created on EQ lasted for extremely long periods of time.
I Forgot How Much I Love Playing the Game
Perhaps the biggest difference between paying for an All Access pass to EverQuest and rolling the dice on a dating app is that I actually love playing EQ.
Not so much for playing games with trying to sift through flings and emotionally unavailable women in the digital world.
In fact, when the music first played, goosebumps covered my arms.
It throws me back to a time when I had far less to worry about and I could thoroughly enjoy exploring the world. Playing EQ sparks all kinds of memories, mostly good.
And although I doubt I will have the same exact experiences from almost 20 years ago, I still enjoy myself immensely while exploring Norrath.
And to top it all off, my kids want to play EQ with me as well. So, that alone is far worth putting money into a game over spending it on a gamble that I may or may not meet some psychopath who wants to wear my skin as a skirt.
It’s Sad When EverQuest is Better than Dating
I’m sure that I’ll eventually meet someone who will turn my head in amazing ways. But for now, I feel the money is better spent on something that makes me happy, overall.
I don’t know if it’s due to age or just tired of women in general, but EverQuest is where I’ll spend the rest of 2020. A lot has changed in the last five years. I need to explore it!
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