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6-13-2007 @ 8:52PM
Ah, it's wonderful be a newbie at this time of the game. I didn't buy the Burning Crusade until months after it was released, as I was too busy leveling up the 1-60 content. I went right into BC without much trouble, leveling along with my friends and enjoying all the new content. I'm too much of a newbie, I guess, to fully appreciate the age and outlooks of other such long-time players.However, I never understood the idea of consistently playing a game for 2.5 years in a row. It seems counterproductive and tiring, unless you have a really positive attitude and have a great group of friends. It seems silly to keep playing a game constantly for that long of a period. Why is anybody surprised that they're getting bored?I also have to say that boredom is, oftentimes, self-induced. Most people that write online about WoW complain. A lot, thanks to the Internet's anonymity. They're so whiny and angry that it's a wonder they're still playing at all. Everybody wants something different. Some want more PVP, other people want better PVE, some want class balance (Read: they want to be able to own everyone single-handedly), some are just there to complain, and Blizzard is tasked with the terribly unpleasant task of trying to balance all these concerns as best they can. Thankfully most players don't post online and don't go to the public forums and play the game itself. I can only imagine that the vast, silent majority of WoW are having fun playing the game.Boredom tends to come with attitude. If you can't laugh off a wipe for being silly, or can't laugh off a defeat in a BG, or don't have the attitude to enjoy the mere learning experience of how to precisely kill all those evil bosses with 25, 10, or 5 people, WoW is going to get pretty boring pretty quickly. A lot of people just don't have the fire or positive outlook to enjoy WoW fully. They take this game waaay too seriously.Some posters have negatively claimed that WoW is too much like real life. Well, duh. It's an online game of human beings. Of course it's going to be like real life. This isn't an imaginary game of Mario 64 with everything controlled and scripted and all you have to do is play, yet even games like those can become chores instead of fun with the right bad attitude. In WoW, it's harder. You have to interact and work with other human beings, and since we're such jerks, and since the Internet gives us such a terrible temptation to vent mindlessly on other people, it can be a terrible experience if you meet the wrong people.People speak of the charm of WoW. I thought the charm of WoW was doing all this with other people. I thought the charm was that it was like real life in many ways. I thought the charm was fighting, raiding, instancing, questing, and (yes) dying an endless number of times with other people you like and respect. Isn't that how life is? You do the same things day after day, but your friends are there and it doesn't get boring, unless you're depressed, which is an entirely different problem. But noooooo, everybody just concentrates on "having fun." What they mean is mindless fun, instant fun. Something you'd find on a Wii or DS game, something to give you a chance to blow off steam. But, in most peoples' minds, this "fun" can only come from instant gratification: instant victory in BGs, instant ownage of all the instances, instant good gear, instant satisfaction, without learning to appreciate the work that goes into getting such things. You're not going to win every time in BG, or clear Gruul or Karazhan without lots of practice and work. Most people are too bored or too malcontent to appreciate that that "work" can be "fun" if you let it be.Then again, I'm new to the game, and I see things differently. I can understand the feelings of many gamers, though I can't say I totally agree with them. If the game bores you, just leave. People do need to leave WoW eventually, so that other people can come in and have the experience. How soured a newbie's venture into WoW can be when he hears all these negative things from supposedly more experienced and more mature players. The sin of the newbie is a sin of childhood naivety, something we all, deep down, long for, and understand to be fine and good. The sin of the aged is far more bitter, subtle, and worse, a truly evil thing.I will say that Blizzard needs to stop introducing just raiding content or PVP battlegrounds and start to vary the gameplay. Add new spells, new abilities, etc., regularly. Expand the repertoire of classes, maybe even release new ones. Since the new Expansion is probably going to come out much faster than BC, or so they say, it won't be long until we start seeing some of these new things.Until then, I suggest people just take a break, try to enjoy WoW for what it is, or simply quit, either for good or until a new expansion comes out. If the addiction isn't giving you any "high," so to speak, break it. WoW isn't like smoking.
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