I was supposed to talk to you today about my Resident Evil marathon (finished RE3, moving to Veronica) but I stumbled upon Kurn series of reasons for quitting and it resonated with me, especially the last part because not so long ago I felt like she did and I was pretty certain that I was done forever and ever with WoW, having done all there is to it and having satisfied my curiosity.
I have a few words of wisdom for Kurn that were passed down to me by Foton of now defunct afkgamer.com
WoW is never out of the question.
A detour with Swtor
Last year at about this time I was waiting for Swtor like a kid waits for its Christmas presents. I was tired of WoW, burned out of raiding and I wanted a change of scenery… badly. I knew WoW quests and raids by heart and there was no more excitment playing it. I figured that after 7 years of playing the same game (2004-2011) I was done for good.
And Swtor came out and it was all great for a while. But Swtor turned out not to be the perfect game I envisioned. I got myself to blame for setting my expectations too high because Swtor turned out to be like all other new MMOs, with its strengths and weaknesses.
Then the Swtor endgame began and I learned a valuable lesson. Toward the end of 2011 I thought I was tired of WoW because it was WoW. Certainly playing the same thing for a long time didn’t help but what I failed to realize was that I was tired of the endgame formula. The grind gear, do raids everyweek and repeat ad nauseam formula. Swtor uses the same formula and it got to me. Suddenly, all the bugs and annoyances were magnified and my experience soured. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy raiding with the people in Snark and some of the encounters are very enjoyable but Swtor didn’t reinvent raiding and the burnout I felt with WoW I started to feel in Swtor.
What I came to realize late this summer is that I’m tired of the current model of endgame design. I love the actual raids and the challenge but I hate the commitments that come with it. Maybe its age or I just did it for too long but I hate having to grind gear and set aside time to be able to raid. I find it boring and it’s getting me down to have to do all these things.
It’s a bit weird to explain but it’s not even the grinding or the dailies themselves that get me. It’s that feeling of being forced to do the same thing over and over and over… or not having the freedom to decide what I want to do and not set my own goals….
WoW in a new light
Now comes my time for a bit of wisdom. You don’t play an MMO multiple years without loving something fundamental about it. Raiding alone couldn’t have kept me in WoW for seven years and it’s always been my default MMO. I couldn’t even tell you why that is… just that’s the way it is.
So with raiding out of my mind and me wanting to try out a ton of crazy ideas, I saw WoW in a new light. For the sheer volume of content and the opportunities to do crazy stuff on a whim, WoW is still the king. It’s not that the other games are bad… just that WoW allows me to step in, do whatever I want for 30 mins and then log off satisfied.
And right now that’s what I want.