My subscription will lapse soon.
It always seemed to me that a lot of what we saw in WoD was a reaction to MoP. Mists represented a pinnacle of enjoyment for me, just as it presented a picture of a game gone wrong to others. I generally saw it as a reasonable balance between work and reward. Running my ass off to level 90 won me the convenience that I sought in flying, for example, and it was a system that allowed me to indulge in my fondness for alts. But others saw the whole production as a game that was too easy with a plot that had too little “Warcraft” in it, and so on.
Those voices won, and we got WoD and orcs out the wazoo. Perhaps that’s not surprising. I always got the feeling that the WoW development team doesn’t identify with the “casual” player in the same way they do with players who see themselves as “gamers,” or even “hardcore.” There is an assumption that the game is meant to be enjoyed in a certain way, and other ways – flying out of trouble is the most obvious – are not as legitimate and should not be designed for.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Doing the same thing day in and day out will keep some of the same people around – the type who appreciate that consistency, or those who liked it that way to start with and don’t see much reason to change. But it does make it more difficult to hold onto players like me. I have no interest in returning to the game’s “roots,” nor do I seek an “authentic” or even an “immersive” experience.
I seek an enjoyable experience that is accessible to me within the time I have available, and that would be just about the last way I’d describe WoD and the final nail in the coffin for me, Tanaan.
The most bittersweet thing isn’t leaving the game so much as it’s leaving this blog. It’s certainly possible that I will return to WoW again in the future, in which case this blog will also see a new day. But for now, I’ve moved on to FFXIV and made a new blog for it here: The Fanciest Pants.
“That Was an Accident!” has been one of the best (worst?) things I’ve ever put on the internet and one of the most fun timesinks I’ve ever occupied myself with. As of writing this post, “That Was an Accident!” has 71,755 views and 2,313 comments, not all of which are me! The numbers are small potatoes for some, but I’ve never put anything on the internet so popular before – and this popularity meant I met a lot of folks that I would have otherwise never encountered.
Thank you in particular to:
- Matty, Tome, and the other ladies of the Old Ladies Raiding Guild
- Kashina, Shanthi and Rep of Loot Hoarders
- Saya and other blog friends I dragged around the world searching for mog
- Leit, a guy I never played with but who always had something to say
I also want to say thank you to my best buddies in-game, Cavarin and Goa, who kept me company on many a day and odd mission. You guys are the best!