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3-26-2010 @ 2:57AM
I think you missed something major: who are you playing with? I quit playing a few months ago because my answer eventually broke down to just a couple of people.My ten-man strict guild broke up fairly badly - GL's main disqualified us for 10 strict, played politics to keep us from reforming without him, drove a couple of our best players to other servers, then threw a tantrum and /gdisbanded - and work picked up the pace a little, and I came to two major realizations: one, you can't be a top-notch player in this game without a minimum time investment; two, investing that time isn't fun if you're not doing it with friends. I have late hours and I was only interested in 10 strict, so I couldn't take any of the standing invitations to dps or heal for good raiding guilds, and I didn't have a regular team for arena.It's probably just my personality, but I hated knowing that I could be a much stronger player if I could just get a few more emblems for a little bit better gear, or get a little higher arena rating. (Anyone who says it's about skill not gear is a liar. The number of random people from other servers who assumed that my 10 strict tier 8/9 gear meant I was a lazy noob who sucked was stupid. Wouldn't have mattered with a regular team. And pointing out the mistake at the end of a run got old fast.)I found myself in a situation where I was running the daily task list to get that little bit more, and with the guild broken up, the daily task list just wasn't fun. You know... gotta run the daily random, and while I'm queued for that I'll farm, since I can't queue for BG or arena, and if a couple people from my arena team get on we'll try to get in some matches, and oh, have to try to PuG raid runs sometime this week, and... and... and it just wasn't fun without my crew. When I had people to play with, all of those things were fun because we were working with each other towards a common goal. When it dropped to where it was just some sporadic time with a friend or two from the old guild and a couple of new players I was tutoring, and we were at different levels looking for different things... the game stopped being fun. And that's when it's time to leave.TL,DR: The oft-neglected critical facet of fun in the game is your friends.
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