Jul 19th 2010 1:09PM Yup, I feel like the article above is referencing my experience exactly. I have given up the "have to raid 4 days a week to enjoy the game" mode and taken to leveling as I have time. I am a 40 somthing professional and just don't have the time (and interest) to spend that much time in game anymore. I don't feel compelled to get the latest T10 or BIS gear when the expansion makes them temporary at best. I have five 80's so even figuring out which is my main anymore seems a waste of energy.
I continue to enjoy WOW, but mostly at my own pace. Up next is to play a HORDE toon, to see how the other half lives - as all of my toons are Alliance. And once Cat comes, I plan to level up a Werewolf and maybe a goblin (who knows).
Jul 18th 2010 2:28PM I like to level solo, and group up with random people I meet to either help out or keep us from stealing each other's mobs. I tend to take the quests quickly and then look at where I need to go and then move out. I always try to clear out each zone I am in, even before there were achievements for doing so (as a way to track my progress).
I have four level 80 toons and I am working on a fifth (lvl 78 lock). I prefer this that endless striving for that next shiny new piece of gear on my main (which requires killing the same boss over and over again).
I am looking forward to leveling a brand new toon in the expansion and seeing how the content has changed. I have a character saved already holding that toons new name and I can't wait to get started.
Apr 26th 2010 3:52PM Yeah, I can relate to this topic in that I left a "hard-core" raiding guild before ICC came out, and continue to look for a more casual place to raid (Maybe a 10-man one day a week). I see the silly gearscore requirements as well on my server (Cenarius) and while my gearscore is fine, I have not been in there enough to claim to know the fights and don't want to hold any group back. Plus the times when I have decided to get into PUGs they usually break up at the end of the first wing in frustration or because of time concerns - but maybe most guild Pugs would have better success.
As a result I have instead focused on leveling alts and doing quests on my own. It is nice to feel like you are getting something accomplished and to see content one more time before it changes forever. I continue to look at guild recruiting forums and ask friends etc, but haven't had much success. At this point if I don't see LK before expansion so be it - I can always come back post expansion (if needed)!
Apr 19th 2010 2:50PM I bought a horse and it is nice and all, but it is a little upsetting that my $15/month is no longer enough and Blizzard is looking for even more ways to generate cash from me. Isn't it enough I keep playing...? Many people have stopped and are waiting for the next expansion.
Point One: Bizzard is good at making games that are very fun to play. Point Two: Blizzard has never been good at customer service (see Blizzcon nightmares as an example) or thinking about their player base beyond our wallets - and this recent move to make more items available for purchase is to me is another example of this.
Point One remains more important than Point Two - which is what Blizzard counts on.
Dec 7th 2009 3:16PM From what I have seen being a raider since vinalla Wow, you don't go from not being in a raid to being a MT unless you start a guild. The way to become a MT is start as an OT and then have a MT get burned out or gradually rotate. In general, you have to be able to preform well as an OT before anyone will give you a shot as MT - especially for top tier raiding guilds.
If you want to tank 5's or even 10's as PUGs sure, beyond that the proof needs to be in the tanking.
Nov 2nd 2009 1:47PM As a player, if you roll on loot you can't use yourself, you are taking it away from someone who can. If you want to help someone gear up, certainly you can help fill out their group - but rolling and passing loot to someone else is dead wrong. No excuses.
Sep 29th 2009 3:15PM Yes I am suspect of these numbers as well. When you look at the realm numbers, they are much, much lower - which I tend to believe. I have to think that the number of true "active" players (those that pay each month and log in at least once per month) has to much smaller - how small, who knows?
Aug 21st 2009 11:04AM I went last year, and while it was fun it was not THAT fun. I didn't even stay for the second day as one day was all I needed. I played the demos, saw the panels and got worn down with all the black shirted peeps.
The thing in my opinion that makes these fun is getting to meet people you play with (i.e. guildies) from around the country or community personalities - and that can for the most part be done anytime.