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6-10-2009 @ 8:53AM
I think this is a great article, especially with Wrath allowing more players to raid. So even those who have less time and those who really aren't big into it, can still experience some of it, making the old hardcore / casual definitions blurred.I play quite a bit, but don't raid (well, only a few times and only because several of my friends were there and asked me in) out of choice. I don't care to PuG and I don't care to be in a serious raiding guild. I enjoy the professions, dailies, exploring, 5-man instances, gathering resources, and just generally hanging out with friends. In fact, while I don't like running strangers through instances, I'll gladly do it for good friends, who I know to be experienced players already anyway. It's actually fun because I'm just spending time with them. I like to level slowly, even on my second toon. I do take the time to take a lot of beautiful or funny screenshots, and even go places for "vacation." Such as Ashenvale :DWhile I'll probably never be the best player out there, when I do group encounters (at least those I plan for) I try to come as prepared as I can, with reageents, pots, food for me and to share (fish feast) and try to learn what I can about my class and the encounter. I try to play as well as I can, and to have a good rotation and understand my environment. I have no wish to cause a wipe or waste people's time, so I will warn them "uhh, you know, I've never been there before" or "you know, you can probably fine better dps elsewhere . . ." But I'm flattered when friends want me there anyway. :) And I appreciate that their help allows me to see content that I might miss entirely. So I guess I choose to be casual. Some people don't understand it. The ones that get me are the ones that argue that without raiding, the game is pointless, so why am I playing? I thought the whole point of a videogame was to have fun, and you know, I do. So to me, I'm getting what I want out of the game.
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