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3-25-2010 @ 6:11PM
Ex Officer/Tair Lead / Class lead here. I've dropped out of WoW. It just wasn't fun anymore:1- too much grind. You've got to grind dailies+emblems to go see the new raid content... I'd rather reroll, but I couldn't 'coz my guild wanted roxxors2- too many idiots. Between the slackers who play watching TV, the griefers who just enjoy being assholes, the attention whores, the stupid who just can't play... I got fed up3- you can only play one game so much. Boss strats are turning into: "this one does an AOE like xxx in BT, then a DOT on a random player like yyyy... Yawn.There 2 main issues with WoW:A- It is a social game for the socially handicapped. If you're having a better time in front of a PC than in a bar/restaurant/sports club/spa/concert... there's something wrong with you. Especially if it's more than 2 times per week, and/or if you have a family.B- The main interest of the game is rapacious accumulation of gear. The little skill it requires can be mastered in 2-3 evenings for any class by any normally intelligent human being. Content is extremely repetitive. What's left is drama and loot.The one good thing I can say about WoW is that it's better than watching TV. Except if you choose what you watch carefully.
3-25-2010 @ 7:34PM
I agree with you on the grind and lately the boss mechanics have been uninspired more often than not.I don't think it being a social game is a bad thing. The problem is that even the big cooperative aspects don't require a lot of socialization. Raids require some coordination, but in actual play classes don't interact much beyond buffs. That's a problem. That said, socialization via games isn't a bad thing. A bar isn't any more demanding, but it is different (and in-person interaction is important of course).I will say the crazy-focus on gear is getting to be too much. I'm rather tired of MMO after MMO being like this. It's extremely lazy to make things so gear-focused. I'd rather see an MMO be more about changing the world or otherwise event-focused. You'd do things because they'd make a difference, not because of great loot. That and a game that allowed a good amount of creative expression would be good. Lego Universe is enticing for the latter, but I am not sure how good it will be. Star Wars: TOR looks better for the former, but I worry it will be another gear grind.
3-26-2010 @ 12:38AM
# If you're having a better time in front of a PC than in a bar/restaurant/sports club/spa/concert... there's something wrong with you. #I stutter. I've been stuttering as long as I remember myself. I stutter less now than when I was a child, but when I was 14, I could spend weeks without speaking a word. When we had to learn and recite poems in school, I "recited" them by writing the text. Even now 4 times out of 10 my attempt to speak results in stuttering.I underwent stuttering therapy thrice: when I was 6, 12 and 16. It had no results.I got regular internet access when I was 18. Until that, I had almost zero communication - communication "in real life" requires oral speech. With the help of Internet I can communicate with people without struggling with my vocal cords - in WoW, blogs, forums. And the big advantage of WoW is that you don't have to find the community - you log in and it's there. People are there. And these people share at least one of your interests. And I can speak with these people without fear of embarrassing them, without meeting their annoyed or pitying look.I am still more comfortable in front of my PC than in bar or restaurant or club. But now I am more comfortable with people than 4 years ago. I am physically handicapped. I was socially handicapped _before_ I started playing WoW! Now tell me that I'm wrong communicating through means accessible to me... if you dare.
3-26-2010 @ 8:10AM
"If you're having a better time in front of a PC than in a bar/restaurant/sports club/spa/concert... there's something wrong with you."All of those things you list sound like the absolute pits. I don't have fun doing "social" things that are really just reasons to throw money away, especially those that result in intoxication and acting like a jerk. I'd far rather invite some friends over to play cards, go hiking with my community outdoor club, spend time coaching youth sports, set up a Habitat for Humanity day, or countless other things like that that aren't centered around blatant consumerism.Guess there's something wrong with me. Good to know.
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