Wednesday, August 30, 2006
My reasons for stopping are many, but the two main ones are:
- Now that I'm in grad school, I don't have time to play.
- I stopped having fun.
First off, the most fun I had in the game was in the PvP battlegrounds (PvP, by the way, stands for "Player Versus Player"). I enjoyed it and wasn't actually that bad at it. It's a competition, though. You're competing against everyone else on your team to get the most points so hopefully you can gain another rank to get better gear. I didn't have the time to compete, so I wasn't ever going to get there. Then Blizzard went and released patch 1.12 which just messed it up further.
Secondly, there's not much to do at 60. I mean, sure, you can raid. That's where you get 20 or 40 of people together and go kill some stupidly impossible guy hidden in a boring cave. And then you get to do it 1,200,232,102 more times because there's a 1% chance he might drop the thing you're looking for (if and when you kill him) - and you'd better hope no one else wants it. Raiding also takes large blocks of time, since you have to coordinate the schedules of 20 or 40 people. So, since I had no blocks of time, I was (quite contentedly) doing PvP.
Third, the game is a time-sink. It's freely admitted that the whole idea is to lock you into spending more and more hours playing the game... and that means you're doing the same boring, monotonous tasks over and over and over and over again for some slight reward. Yes, there's a reward. No, it's never easy to get.
Then there's the server transfers. Kind of like a bunch of Californians getting rich and then moving to Oregon, it's the same deal.
The game stinks and the plans for the future only seem to centered around "pretty much the same, but more of it." With the imminent release of an expansion for the game, the developers have stopped fixing problems in the game with the (horrible) attitude of "we'll just fix it in the expansion." Well, this guy isn't going to subscribe to that anymore.
Yes, Blizzard, I played your game. And the game you set up has just lost one subscriber.
What will I do with myself now?