It's likely that some form of RS will be around still in 5 years, though as frequent posts on this and other forums attest, the "community" certainly has an impact on one's desire to play.
Myself, I think I find about one new friend about every 2 months on here that I truly value and would seriously miss if they stopped playing. If most of my friends stopped, I think I would also within probably 12 months.
So. My question to you is twofold:
1. Would you still play this game 5 years hence?
2. What would KEEP you playing this game? (surely something Jagex is seriously interested in) If so, what? (shops that sell phats and whips for 1 gp?)
(A) Your friends / community of players
( Elusive treasure / achievements.
© Yet-to-be-attained skills.
(D) Competition (see above).
(E) Boss/GF/Wife/Parents still haven't caught on, so might as well keep playing.
(F) In RS you can be anything you can't in real life....(Don't forget though, in RS others are still richer, more powerful, and basically cooler than you'll ever be... so this choice is definitely worth passing over).
(G) Picking Cabbage.
(H) Need something to do while searching google for "Donkey Show"
There we go, multiple choice. feel free to fill in an "other" category.
Don't get me wrong, I'm proud of my skills at the time being (and certainly in the RS world), but seriously that's like being proud of anything that entertains you --- like reading a book or watching a movie. I loved the movie Fight Club (and admire Chuck Palahniuk), but I can't say I get into real life conversations saying how impressed others should be in the fact I've watched it (or for my
Many of the replies have been alluding to aspirations for better things to seemingly take them away from these distractions of their youth (in other words... RS will end when I grow up, go to college, etc.). Now honestly I am no expert. Though, I will say, if you're assuming college, or age, or the "real world" is going to take you away from RS, you should understand that RS in not really the content of your life, but rather the character of it.
What I mean is that fine, you love RS, love your phat, full drag, tons of gp, whatever... You cannot forget the fact that your poor/rich/awesome/pathetic RS character will most likely (hopefully) die before you do. Put another way, could you imagine still being the "Shoe" in Monopoly 5 years from now after playing the same game day after day? (It's essentially the same, and all meaningless.)
Maybe it's a metaphysical question I suppose, but I've come to the steadfast position that one should find meaning in their life elsewhere other than in a game that they try to define their life by. In my opinion, skill levels, xp and high scores are one of the most insidious parts of this game, in that they destroy an individual's incentive in truly enjoying the "action" or "content" of this game. If you knew RS was about clicking and reclicking over and over would you have ever started? <-- This goes AGAIN to my previous question. You skill (and I do as well) because it makes you relatively proud compared to friends/high scores, or for that it affords a sense of accomplishment.
Now, for what has that "accomplishment" truly done? Has it entertained you? Sure. But will it have worth in 5 years? That is my question again.
Other ruminations... Everytime I see one of these: I want to roll my eyes in response. Maybe I'm just bitter I suppose