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7-02-2009 @ 12:04AM
sorry, Java and atree496, but i disagree: the broader picture is that you are probably the original wave of players that are just moving on, and there will be another wave of players coming after you that will carry on the love of the game. the game won't end just because you and many other (let's call them first generation) players move on. it will end when blizzard decides it ends, and they show no sign of letting it go anytime soon.
7-02-2009 @ 1:23AM
While I don't necessarily disagree, I imagine that much the same words were spoken of EQ once upon a time.I do think it fairly clear that the game is losing a lot of it's more "hardcore" element, and that is going to have ramifications many in the casual vs hardcore debate have long ignored -- it is the hardcore, after all, that write most of the mods, strategies, blogs, and much of the rest of the peripheral-but-very-important content WoW is so richly blessed with. Without them, where will these things come from? Pretty much by definition, not from the casual element. We shall see, I suppose, but I suspect it will be some time before true ramifications of population shift become apparent.
7-02-2009 @ 2:51AM
The thing is though wow hasn't been losing much of its hardcore nature. What has been doing is gaining a casual nature while retaining the hardcore nature. Many of the things people attribute as "losing hardcore" is infact removing stupidty and poor design.Easier and better does not equal loss of hardcore. But the original commenter is right, this isn't a sign of anything but a person moving on. It gets more attention just because they are a high profile person but hundreds if not thousands of people come and go every day. I've just 4-5 people come back to wow in my guild that quit from burnout.It happens. New bloggers will fill the gaps where gaps need to be filled and it will continue. There is nothing to attribute this to the death of wow. Nothing indicates such other then burn out. When the new people stop coming or quit, then people can start clamoring the sky is falling.but burn out of long time community members isn't surprising. 4+ years is a long time to invest in something, and a long time for priorities, interests, hobbies, and just life to change.
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