It has been a while since i logged onto wow or this blog due to a demanding new job and my technician certification all over again (nightmare). Anyway upon my return a lot has changed, some apparently for the better and some well maybe for the best…: P
I have still not had the time to rig up my machine to log into wow with my char, but I thought that since I am working away from the UK, I may as well ask which of my rl friends were still playing wow actively.
In before TLDR, I was really shocked to see some of my friends who are diehard wow fans had quit the game altogether, some had plans to move onto SWTOR, some just lost interest and some of the more elitist jerks just quit wow because they are jerks… you know who I am talking about :P
The attrition rate of those who left wow has recently spiked, I can say this not only from data available from a questionnaire conducted by mmo champion http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2433-Patch-4.3-Interviews-Blue-Posts-Diablo-III-Beta-Art-Gallery-Update, but also from my own person friends.
Most of the old players who introduced me to the game, hard core raiders, pvp gods and goddesses … All have felt the candle flicker
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love a good debate just as much as the next guy or gal but i don’t really play this game for a life style but more for what it actually is *whispers* a game…
I know there were some of my friends who were the first or second on the server to get achievements like Starcaller or Light of Dawn, some farmed the eye just to get the phoenix hatchling, so on and so forth… And come cataclysm felt the game had been dumbed down into oblivion (moot point).
For example one of my RL friends who was a hardcore raider with one of the better guilds on my server complained that with the rate of mounts and companions available in cataclysm achievement score (EPEEN Alert) and rare Arial and land mounts had become a dime a dozen.
In his defense whilst I agree that the availability of pets and mounts has dramatically risen, compare this to the previous expansions such as Wrath and TBC and you are not far off, simply explained… New content is new content.
I mean come on, imagine playing this entire expansions without the ability to replace that ridiculous mechanostrider :D
But it didn’t end here… Asking around on forums and generally on FaceF***, there were some who felt that cataclysm could not deliver in terms of other areas such as richness of content or class balancing.
Now you see, here I must play the devil’s advocate. In all fairness to the game developers, this game is very unique, it allows players to experience a environment that has been well developed and researched with the odd pun and geeky reference for all us Monty Python fans.
In addition to the thought and effort that goes into making the “world” interesting and authentic the game offers the addition of social networking and many lasting friendships have been made across borders by people who were once complete random(s).
Now don’t get me wrong, i am not a blizzard apologist nor am i am pretend know it all 1337 speaking ubertroll but what I am about to say genuinely merits consideration ( or so I feel).
In general there are two very narrow classes of players in the wow community, with various sub classes somewhere in the gray areas.
Player 1: The Elitists PVP/PVE (I am better than you because i have played this game since vanilla and just raided my face off for the light of dawn achiv and now my eyes are bleeding) AKA: Mr. Why so serious?
Player 2: The GnerdRager (God blizzard why can’t you balance x class and nerf Y class now can I has moar expix loots plox) AKA: You forgot to take your valium again didn’t you?
The serious elites generally snub anyone who has not experienced vanilla Warcraft, using loosely hashed terms such as scrub for the uninitiated, in strictly PVE terms they relish the “good old days” and despise anyone who is not a serious raider with at least 4 chars decked out in XXX GS with Y achievements, maintaining a bank alt and several farming alts whilst juggling a guild officer position and updating the guild website in addition to having no life whatsoever.
In PVP Terms; they usually hang around the auction house and will generally demine anyone not sporting a 2200+ rating.
In addition to these interesting traits, they enjoy reminiscing on days past and continue to pontificate how good the game was in Vinalla and when “purples” were really “purples”… *rolls eyes*
Here is how I generally feel when someone rants on and on about how “good” this game was in Vanilla:
Apt… Don’t you think.
The Gnerdrager… This particular player is often found lurking the forums and will usually be one of the annoying lot who constantly request /duel quickly followed by /chicken and /laugh emotes.
The above player feels victimized because in his or her opinion their favorite class is not “balanced” or “broken”, they usually complain about PVP despite having little or no Arena Experience or RBG experience for that matter and will never be satisfied with patch notes, updates or new goodies.
The Gnerdrager is your adolescent teenager at his or her finest; they hate everything and like nothing. Generally schooled in the world of FPS, they fail to understand the concept of RP in a MMORPG and if it were left up to them PVP would be about as balanced as lobbing stones at each other all day or launching thermonuclear warheads from your characters Ar$e…
Now whilst both of these class of players bring a flavor to the game, generally people should remember that at the end of the day this is just a GAME, please treat it as such and not as a lifestyle.
And to all the QQers out there, this one is for you: