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World of Warcraft: The Game

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It's no secret that I don't actively play WoW anymore, and haven't since a few months before the end of wrath. My highest character is still level 82 from when I leveled for a couple of days at the beginning of cata before stopping, I do still log fairly regularly to work on TSM, repost auctions, and mindless mill the never-ending supply of low-price herbs on my server.

I did play very regularly in the past. My friend got me into the game in late vanilla (I was level 47 when TBC hit). In TBC I played a resto shaman and quickly rose from a disorganized kara guild, to one of the best on the (very competitive) server. Many of my best memories of raiding came from this guild. This guild was the only time in WoW that I truly felt like I was in a great guild (great people, great players, etc). In wrath, after a lot of crappy guild experiences, I ended up leading my own guild on a new server, which did Ulduar-25 in server-leading style; that's not saying much though, as the server was and still is one of the smallest in existence - we literally went through every active and decently geared resto-druid on the server at one point or another. Being guild leader was very time consuming and took up a large portion of my life. The guild died for various reasons after killing the easy hard-mode bosses, including running out of healers on the server. I later started a 10man guild with a friend from this guild on yet another new server (which I'm still on) that did fairly well through TOC/TOGC/ICC, but inevitably died as well, which is when I quit actively playing.

Needless to say, WoW has (and still does to some degree with TSM) taken up a significant portion of my life. Looking back, quitting was the right thing to do, and has had a very positive impact on my life. I had so much time to work on more productive things, socialize, start new projects, etc. Does this mean that I regret playing WoW? Absolutely not. Do I wish I "quit" earlier? Perhaps.

The best thing that's come out of it for me is starting addon development. My first WoW addon was the first project I'd ever worked on that actually had users. Making something for somebody else to use is completely different from making something for yourself and this experience has been extremely rewarding for me professionally. It's part of what made me pursue programming to begin with and has vastly improved my programming skills in general. Taking away addon development, am I still glad I spent so much of my life playing WoW? I'm not so sure.

My mindset when I was playing was one of obligation to members of my guild (even when not guild leader). This put a burden on the rest of my life. However, I didn't realize it at the time. Once I quit, I gained so much more freedom in my life. I could actually do what I wanted, when I wanted, without feeling like I was letting people down. This is why I have stayed away from the game for the past two years. This freedom is way better than any satisfaction I might get from raiding or PVP.

In the end, I still enjoy playing games from time to time (recently, been playing Grid Defense after it went on sale on steam), but don't play all that much. There's often much more rewarding things for me to do in my free time (like work on TSM or another of my long list of projects). With regard to the recent subscriber numbers, I don't think WoW is dying any time soon, and I think using the numbers as an excuse for a rant about some feature of the game you don't like is foolish and a waste of time. If you're angry about something in the game, you should consider whether there's anything else in your life that you'd enjoy doing more than playing WoW, and if there is, go do it. That may be hard to hear (I never would have listened to it), but one day when you finally do quit, you'll realize how true it is.

Updated May 26th, 2013 at 08:40 PM by Sapu94

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  1. turbare's Avatar
    Mate, I think the above describes the feelings of quite a number of people, myself included.
    (the part about the burn-outs, free time after quitting etc).
  2. Sinshroud's Avatar
    I'm in a very similar boat to you, my World of Warcraft play history has been a very rocky and odd one.

    Like you, I started in pre-bc, although I was lucky enough to raid all the way up to Twin Emperors in AQ40. How the hell I managed that as a hunter who prefer to melee more than ranged attack, I have no clue.

    TBC was the absolute best experience for me in World of Warcraft, I raided with a mostly South African guild and I think that is what made it so fun. We were all going through this nightmare with our local ISPs, raiding at 2-3 thousand ms ping the entire time. I still remember in BT and Sunwell it would actually be a case of "ok guys right now we have the majority of the raid online, let's pull before anyone else gets DCed." We wiped so many times just from having half the raid constantly relogging over and over again throughout the fight due to lag disconnects.

    I don't think I ever really let go of the TBC era. In WOTLK I did some raiding in Naxx/Ulduar/TOC, but most of the time I spent leading level 70 twink raiding guilds. A few months before Cataclysm's launch was when I started making gold earnestly, although I had always been a fan of finding cool spots to farm back in TBC and wrote many guides on MMOwned.

    In Cataclysm I focused on making gold and doing some raids, but pretty much stopped playing when LFR was released. Went back to do a bit more L70 twinking, but by then level 70s were ridiculously overpowered and unbalanced.

    Despite being active in the gold making community, I've barely touched MOP. I think this is how you and I are so a like, we are still connected to WoW in so many ways but can't really bring ourselves to actually invest the time and play.

    This brings my to my final puzzling question, why do I actually enjoy wow at all? I don't like gaming, I don't sit around and play COD or LOL or Diablo or whatever other online or offline games that are around. The only game that I've completed since WoW was first launched is Skyrim. I've tried Rift and I've tried GW2, but at the end of the day I've just come to the conclusion that I don't like playing games, yet something still draws me to the wow community itself.
  3. Icecreamtruk's Avatar
    I think the biggest reason people still play is that community. Whether it turns to obligation to raid members or not is case by case. But spending time with friends, guildmates, etc. and having fun with them, making and maintaining those connections, is what I think propels and encourages people to keep playing. I imagine that is part of what keeps drawing you @Sinshroud.