Sep 13th 2011 10:47AM I unsubbed for my first two times this year. The first time was just a small break of a week. The second has been several months and counting. I don't know when I'll return. I plan to some day but the fun and thrill definitely are not there now. Not even The Firelands patch excited me enough to return. Maybe Deathwing will but that's still pretty iffy. The next expansion is probably going to be my return to the world but I don't know when that will be for certain.
Jul 5th 2011 12:31PM I've been left and (currently) been the one to leave. I joined because two friends from a message board I knew played. All was well but they were level 60's-70's around the time BC came out so they were leveling/raiding 60-70 content. By the time I had struggled and made it to the 40's however (largely without their help) there had been a literal rift between them (they were quasi-dating but that ended nastily) and I was left pretty much on my own when one quit and the other server transferred. I figured I'd already invested at the time $50 in this so I may as well go full out and continue to at least the end of the level cap and see what "raiding" was like before quitting.
So being abandoned the first time was tough but I managed through it. Since then there have been people who I knew come and go and you get used to it. It's now my turn to be the one who left. My Horde side guild imploded when the GL took a break near the end of Wrath and everyone took off to other guilds or just quit. I stuck around. My wife plays Alliance and at the time her guild was doing decently, fighting the LK despite being casual.
Cata comes along and it's like it killed them. Struggles to get through the first bosses of any raid, no real raiders to speak of anymore. And rather than leave them and look for another guild on an unfamilar server or try to find some other guild on my Horde side one (there are like 3 real choices there, none I was thrilled about). I just stopped logging in one day. I dislike how I did it. There were signs I was tired of failing and no amount of effort seemed to get us anywhere but I didn't tell them I wasn't coming back.
I've taken a break. First one since I began playing at the start of BC. Not even the new content/changes of 4.2 is enough to sway me back at this point. I found it rather easy to quit. All these years you hear of "MMO-addiction" and how hard it is for people to quit. I stop playing something that was part of my daily routine for years as if it was never there.
Jul 4th 2011 3:57AM The absurdity of it all was a give away to me. Almost everything about it screams fake. I know a lot of people are dying to know spoilers and what the next expansion will be so people are more willing to believe "leaks" such as this before common sense comes in and smacks them upside the head.
May 17th 2011 6:56PM With this I believe it is only a matter of time before we see something like an "exclusive" dungeon/raid tier that while not technically better than the existing tier offers drops exclusive to those who pay an extra bit of money a month for premium content.
They won't have any actual beneficial or unique stats which make them superior to what the "vanilla" subs pay but will look better and different to what everyone else gets.
That'd be one way of never offering gear for sale in an online store whilst still nickel and diming the playerbase.
May 10th 2011 12:07PM I've pretty much given up raiding for the forseeable future because finding a good guild/raid is next to impossible for me on the two servers I've got a geared 85 to raid with. I'm not about to server change and potentially blow $25 on another losing server or one where they are doing the content but are stacked up on players waiting in line for a slot already.
For now I've unsubbed and waiting on my existing sub to expire next Tuesday before moving on to other games. I've played since early BC and raided since then as well but the latest content has just not done it for me or the guilds I'm in and I don't want to go through that process of finding another suitable guild anymore. The people I know now, they're nice, they aren't stupid but they're incapable of downing anything but one raid boss in a nonheroic raid and other guilds I've looked at have had the kinds of raiders I despise in them (the arrogant, condescending and egotistical kind who think they're above everyone else ie; typical elitist).
Maybe in a few months I'll be able to come back and find a better organized guild or feel refreshed enough that running the 1-84 content doesn't bore me until I can find a raiding guild that is downing content.
May 9th 2011 7:42PM There are fewer people who are raiding and successfully raiding to the heroic level or even finishing the normal raid bosses I guess. So in a roundabout way it's true. People are clearing the content faster... up until the raids are concerned then not enough people are capable/able to finish them. So they're bored or burned out or frustrated and have quit once they reach level cap and can't finish off the raids.
I'm not saying the raids are all that much harder either but screwing up in one definitely costs you a lot more than it used to. And a lot of people I know who were playing are doing so much more casually now and not raiding (or doing so successfully).
Of course that's just my experience and based on my observations. I have no idea what Blizzard's data shows.
Apr 19th 2011 12:51PM Not been hacked in roughly 4 years but I use an authenticator. It's like having an alarm system on your car in addition to locking the doors/windows securely. Just because I've never had my car broken into doesn't mean I'll just leave it unlocked or not activate the car alarm in case they force their way past the simpler system.
Extra security is always a good idea no matter how secure or safe you *think* you are. Criminals are always looking for a new method of committing crime and being sloppy or lax in security makes it that much easier for them.
Mar 4th 2011 10:51AM Mages are my weakness. I have gotten every other class to 80 during WOTLK and played at least some end game content with them, however my Mage I only just got to 80 near the end and couldn't be bothered with any more. Now I'm leveling alts to 85 as I have time or inclination but that Mage is going to sit and be a bank for a long, long time. Perhaps with the revamp on trees and a renewed interest I'll try it again but I have a feeling I won't like it very much.
Dec 7th 2010 9:23AM May as well toss my hat in the ring.
Oct 31st 2010 10:37AM For some people they felt it inappropriate to celebrate Halloween on a Sunday so they did it Saturday. Not everyone agrees though so some people celebrated Saturday and some will/are on Sunday.