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2-04-2011 @ 8:28PM
I think that your argument is that of one from a casual perspective (this is not to say you are casual or elitist). Most casuals see the game as an escape, a chance to relax from work/school/life. Other people use books, TV, eating, excercise, etc for the same thing. Part of the factor is fun. Fun is a relative term for every individual, hence why every person does not play the same class nor role nor profession. The game is designed to allow choice and let you have fun with it. However, there is something about WoW that you didn't discuss. The factor of knowledge and preparedness. In WoW, not knowing the difference between PvP gear and PvE gear can make you look like a nub. Not knowing how to CC will get you kicked from groups. Things that can be learned in game, but not always, is a required trait for all players. This requires players to do things that aren't "fun," by reading articles on their class, learning what the lingo of WoW is, etc. I remember trying to figure out what CC even meant the first time it was said so many years ago. It took me googling it just to figure it out. It wasn't fun to look it up, but was necessary in order for me to participate in the game. With the gear choices, I don't consider it fun to have to "sim" it in order to figure out the best possible dps increase, but that's where you have a choice. You don't have to. You can simply look at the pieces, reading the articles outside of spreadsheets that talk about stats and such and just know what would be better. Or you could just sim it, using the theoretical dps increase to understand its value to you or to another player. Spreadsheets and sims are tools that are outside the game for the purpose of helping players. With that in mind, I understand that it takes time to understand and will "suck the fun" out of the experience of WoW. But if the goal is to play the game casually (which means not raiding on cutting edge, not pvp'ing on cutting edge, not getting BiS gear), then that's your choice and a good one if it helps you destress and if you enjoy the game that way. However, if you want to be a part of the raids, the pvp, and the other parts of the game, it requires preparation and knowledge that a casual player will not get by refusing to go use tools specifically designed to enable players to access raids without having to do math and number crunching.
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