Thank Grog It’s Firday!
It has been an interesting week. And by “interesting,” I mean the kind of “interesting” that one says when asked how a crappy week went, without wanting to “bum out” the person who asked.
But, I’m not going to lie. “Interesting” doesn’t really cut it…
Life is full of inevitable avoidance with inevitable consequences. There is no doubt about it. The “cycle of life” has a conclusion, and the fact is, it is rarely when, or how we expect it to happen.
We have been speculating all week about the “death of TSTO.” Speculation runs wide and wild, from “This is it…the game has been put on life support and is sliding into a coma,” to, “They will never let this die! It’s too important to too many people…and it is still vital!”
The fact is, I’m really not sure what to expect, or how I feel about it. Because, after spending the last couple of days looking back at countless posts from the past, there is little doubt that TSTO will never see the “glory days,” again. We have slid into the same weird predictability as a modern day Rolling Stones concert tour. The kind of thing that leaves you saying, “Man…I saw them when they were great…for a whole lot less money. Keith looks like the Crypt Keeper, and Mick is gonna break a hip trying to prance around…he’s too old!” (And had heart sugary this week).
OK. That was kinda mean. But, the fact is…TSTO hit its peak for all practical purposes a couple of years ago. Now, just like hearing “Honky Tonk Woman” played by a high school marching band, you get the sense that “Yes…that’s the song…I recognize it…it’s kinda the same…but, it isn’t as good as the original.” The game (when there IS a game to be played) has been reduced to 4-hour chunks of grinding, and a plethora of items and characters that definitely feel like they belong on the clearance table at a “Ross Dress for Less” store. “Brand Names…at Clearance Prices!” Out of date, and presented without much flair.
The question needs to be asked, “It is time to let TSTO go, before all sense of dignity is lost forever?”