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12-16-2006 @ 8:59AM
I'm on a temporary break from WOW because I am focusing on another game right now. I've never leveled a character to 60. My main is only 34. It's not really that addictive a game, and there is very little compelling me to play: dull quests, irritating and drawn out searches for party members for dungeons (despite the clunky new LFG system), griefers, etc. Exploration and quests are what I like, however good, well-written quests are so few and far between and my exploration is constantly interrupted by players from the opposing faction. More often than not, my WOW play time is frustrating rather than fun. If I want fun, I'll go play other games for now.I do know a very hardcore player who is going to quit playing WOW. This is one of the guys who was originally bugging me for so damn long to get the game. His reason is that the game as it is now, is totally unrecognisable from the game he started playing more than a year ago. He has multiple level 60s and is in a serious raiding guild. He says that Blizzard has lost the plot in terms of why people play Blizzard games.Now, few of the new changes affect me profoundly. I've never cared for PvP; WOW's PvP system is an example of horrible game design which doesn't encourage good sportsmanship and appreciation of skill, rather it encourages bullying and griefing. The Class changes -- meh. People love to complain about everything; I'll adapt to the changes.Those announcements by players who say they're going to quit come from a minority -- the hardcore that read the forums and bother to write about it. Blizzard will stll rake in its millions. To be honest, Blizzard should stop listening to the whingers on the forums, because those people do not represent the majority of players. They are a very small, very vocal minority.
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