The MMO Cycle – A Cento About Missing the Magic of MMOs

Beauty in a swamp...

Gaily bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

The happiest day — the happiest hour
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
Oh, from out the sounding cells,
What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!
How it swells!
How it dwells
On the Future! how it tells
Of the rapture that impels

And yet that spirit knew – not in the hour
Of its own fervour – what had o’er it power.

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But he grew old —
This knight so bold —

Ah, dream too bright to last!
Ah, starry Hope! that didst arise
But to be overcast!

And o’er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

For every sound that floats
From the rust within their throats
Is a groan.

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And the people — ah, the people —
All alone,
And who, tolling, tolling, tolling,
In that muffled monotone,
Feel a glory in so rolling
By a crowd that seize it not,
Through a circle that ever returneth in
To the self-same spot,
A play of hopes and fears,
It shall not be forgot!
That the play is the tragedy, “Man,”

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And round about his home the glory
That blushed and bloomed,
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.

And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow —
“Shadow,” said he,
“Where can it be —
This land of Eldorado?”

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Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were — I have not seen
As others saw
That motley drama- oh, be sure
In spring of youth it was my lot
To haunt of the wide world a spot
The which I could not love the less-

fountain

‘Twas noontide of summer,
And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
Shone pale, thro’ the light

grove

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
So lovely was the loneliness
Of a wild lake, with black rock bound,
And the tall pines that towered around.

wildlake

At midnight, in the month of June,
I stand beneath the mystic moon.
And the mystic wind went by
Murmuring in melody-

moon

For the heart whose woes are legion
‘Tis a peaceful, soothing region —
For the spirit that walks in shadow
‘Tis — oh ’tis an Eldorado!

bamboo

cento is a poem made up of lines from poems from other poets.

Long time readers may be familiar with my complete and utter adoration of Edgar Allan Poe, though I leave the precise poems from which I have “borrowed” the lines an exercise for the reader.

I use GW2 out of convenience, since it’s the MMO I’m currently playing and most readily accessible to me, though I believe the poem is relevant to MMOs in general.

In no way should you assume anything about where I am on the MMO burnout cycle with regards to GW2 from this poem…

…though I will say that I -was- bored with the lack of change and Living Story, going through the motions seemingly out of habit, still a little turned off by the megaserver’s effect on the community I was used to…

…and that watching the Chinese “Fear Not This Night” music video that they’re releasing in preparation for the launch in China (the first video embedded above) and going pretty screenshot hunting suddenly reminded me of some of the things I truly love about this game.

This poem was also brought to you by the letters S Y L via the poetry slam sponsored by the Newbie Blogger Initiative 2014.

(Which I hope to talk about more later this month, but just haven’t had the time to get my act together yet. Long story short: Wanna blog? Blog! Now is good!)

It’s stretching the theme of magic by a considerable amount, but well, it’s what wanted to be written.

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5 thoughts on “The MMO Cycle – A Cento About Missing the Magic of MMOs

  1. bhagpuss says:

    I was thinking about doing a poem for Syl’s slam but I’m hving second thoughts if that’s the standard I have to meet…

    That’s one weird video. I think it would actively put me off the game if I was coming to it fresh, if it wasn’t fore the 15 second sequence at the end where the actual in-game characters come out of the water. That’s excellent. Unless the Chinese players are getting a different release to the rest of us, they’re going to be might disappointed when they get to their actual encounter with Zhaitan, though.

    • Jeromai says:

      Bah, I didn’t write a single word of it, it’s all Poe! 😛

      And there’s no standard to meet for poetry anyway, every poem I’ve read for the poetry slam sounds great in their own way, unique to their writers. So poem away!

      As for the video…compared to the complete marketing messes the NA/EU GW2 players got:

      Our Time is Now – the best Secret World trailer ever, until we suddenly realize it’s meant for GW2… wut?

      That appalling rock/metal contest during the Tower of Nightmares which didn’t even sound good.

      Some nerdy pledge of allegiance thing which I never dared to watch a single video of, after having been traumatized by previous marketing efforts…

      … the Chinese video that actually uses Fear Not This Night, shows off the beauty of GW2’s art and transitions live action into a character properly… is a magnum opus by comparison.

  2. C. T. Murphy says:

    You know it is poetry when ‘noontide’ gets taken out of the cupboard.

  3. Ursan says:

    I lost it at the “XXX is the grindiest game ever” screenshot.

    What is an MMO forum without it?

    -Ursan

  4. […] A Cento about missing the Magic of MMOs; by Jeromai @ Why I Game […]

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