How was your weekend? I had a spontaneous shopping trip yesterday, which was kinda nice (you know, since setting foot outside has proven to have certain health benefits).
When I got back home though, a good buddy of mine got into an interesting discussion.
Let’s get to it.
The discussion centered on gaming. Not a big surprise there. But for me, it has applications far beyond that. We got to chatting about a game that I play now that he doesn’t, but that he did a long, long time ago. He seemed a bit glum about how much more complicated the game itself had become, and how people using robots to play the game had corrupted the economy in the game, back then.
He also shared some really cool stories about how powerful he’d become at a lower level because of how he structured his character (something I was actually familiar with at that level).
The reason why he doesn’t play, he said, was that there’s not a lot to do on the free to play side of things anymore.
And I had to agree on that. Even with the skills that they brought out for everyone, I think my friend still feels blah about the whole thing.
I know there’s a ton of directions I could go with this (free vs. paid, who to keep satisfied, how to get and keep people interested, and what-have-ya), but the one thing I’ll say for now is:
Sometimes, people get caught between old and new, in some form. I’m finding that out in my business life.
My friend moved on from this particular game to become interested in other games, and expanding other parts of his life. I expanded too, but I got back in to the game he previously enjoyed, got used to the innovations they made, and am enjoying it again myself.
Would my friend go back? Probably not.
But I did.
It seems to me, business and life is a constant tug between moving ahead to new things which could be better, and clinging to what we know or are familiar with–because we know how it works, how to best use it, or what-have-ya.
For better or worse, things have to change.
And there are times I still have trouble facing that.
Until next time,