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11-01-2011 @ 3:45PM
WoW is an amazing game that is always getting better, but it will never be able to replicate the sense of awe, fun, and immersion I felt when I first made a toon back in 2008 (still my toon today! WOOT!). I think what starts to poison the game, or in a sense, dull that feeling of wonder and amazement, is when you have to start caring about the numbers. Its unfortunate and inevitable, but once you have to start min/maxing talents for the first time, and you start to choose gear based on numbers over looks... its these small first steps that start to remind you, in the back of your head, that it's a game. I played that hunter for a while (I think to level 16) when I learned I shouldn't be picking Strength gear, I should be picking Agility gear, and I should be choosing one talent over the other (prompting me to search, and discover talent points). That started to ruin the game for me (NOTE: THE GAME WAS STILL FRICKEN' AWESOME), but now, I couldn't choose that sexy two handed sword without a thought coming to me and saying *ugh, that has strength on it, like or not, you should probably pick that ugly, boring ax, cuz it gives you Agility, and that's what a hunter needs).In any case, I still play and love the game, and I encourage others to as well. Its an experience like no other, especially since so many people play the game.
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