Tuesday, January 27, 2009

End is nigh?

I'm bored with WoW. I've been pulled into too many things in WoW. 4 different sets of friends started characters on 4 different servers, half horde and half alliance. I have 4 active mains, have leveled them all to 70+, i've done borean tundra now 4x.

To me the game always seems like a rush rush rush mentality. At first I started a few weeks behind my hardcore guild because i was busy doing RL stuff. When I got back, the hardcore raiders were all 80, and I got to grind to 80 while they were getting guild and server first achievements. (were #1 or #2 in alliance progression). Then I got to 80, did a total of 4 raids, decided I hated raiding now with my life the way it is.

Then! My horde guild decides it wants to do Naxx too, and I am the raid leader. So rush rush rush to 80. I'm now 75 and they are doing Naxx10 without me this weekend (sounds great to me).

Anyway main point is that I see several flaws in blizz and especially Wraith, and i predict that this is the last great expansion of the game.

1) The leveling time is far too long for a person to pick up and enjoy. The game has been out 4 years, but instead of doing horizontal content, they do vertical content. Granted it's shorter now, but we're still looking at 6+ months for a newbie to pick up and hit 80 in (as a first time, i could probably hit 80 in a month if i put my mind to it).

2) Wraith zones are far too narrow. We have quest ranges within zones that are only valid for characters in the back half of the zone requirement. For example, in ZD at level 75, you can only do half of the quests. You need to be 76 for the rest. Shol. basin? Need to be 76. What this means is that friends cant play together readily, unless they are the same exact level.

3) Problem with the game as a whole. Given that players are char levels 1 to 80, the likelyhood of your friends being at a similiar level are quite low, and in general unless you work very hard at it, its impossible to level together. The only way to actually play with your friends is only play that toon in the others presence.

Yes, recruit a friend helps, but that requires starting a new account. And sorry, not retroactive either. A friend recently picked up the game but didn't ask me about it, and thus didn't know about recruit a friend. By the time he told me he was already entrenched and didn't want to throw away a month of play time to start up with the recruit a friend method. This is a serious flaw and makes playing with friends that much harder.

4) Wraith is far too easy. Everyone just facerolls the content, and multiple wipes on bosses is rare unless people are truely clueless. Then people hit 80 and think they can stroll into 80. This is a mindset problem that blizz encouraged by totally lifting the rep requirements for heroics. Further, the attunements have been almost totally lifted in wraith (and they have no plan to bring them back). Yes attunements were a pain, but it was a roadblock meant to slow progression.

Now many guilds are done with all content and are focusing on achievements such as 3 drakes. This is far worse than TBC when guilds spent months struggling through kara, then had a whole another tier to look forward to (SSC/TK), and attunements to make sure people were prepared for that content.

Anyway, WoW is the best thing going, but all things end. After playing a game for thousands of hours its quite natural to be bored and want different things. But now the issue becomes how do we get our friends to try new MMOs?


Faradhim said...

I observe if you play to meet others expectation it stops being fun.

Maybe it is because I started to play a year after you. Maybe it is because I don't have too many sides to joggle. Maybe it is because I have very different goals for the game. In any case I still enjoy playing tremendously. I still have so many goals I still want to meet. (read, this doesn't mean I feel the need to down a raid boss).

Remember I told you a while back you have too many priorities and meeting all of them become a job instead of a relief. You are burning out because you are trying too hard.

My suggestion, figure out what you enjoy, give up the other activities. Regardless what you choose (friends/factions/guild), your true friends will/should understand why you made the decision.

Faradhim said...
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Faradhim said...

A few more thoughts. You have raided, you have downed boss after boss, you have decked yourself in all purples. But how much game have you really seen?

Have you done any of following?

"Spent the whole night figuring out the how to make money with crafting"

"Sitting atop an floating island in Nagrand for 2 hours waiting for the sun to set"

"Spent hours within excel plotting out how much gold it has cost to level tailoring to 350"

"Soloed Baelog over and over in Uldaman with a hunter try to get his bow to drop(hunter at level 35)"

"Getting ganked many times trying to fish in Stormwind"

Sometime the reward is in the simple things you do. The game never stops, it will be new bosses to slay, new purple to obtain. Find the simple things that make you tick and do those. Don't make your hobby into another job. You will enjoy more.