World of Borecraft: 5 Reasons Why the World of Warcraft Will Implode

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Raswan

My analysis is simple yet bold and incisive (just like everything else I do, touch, or comment upon): WoW did such a good job every step of the way that they've ruined mmorpgs for the rest of us. Sure, we might buy Rift to check out the gameplay or graphics or storyline. But I guarantee you're not going to be seeing the surfeit of WoW accounts on craigslist today (or really, a year ago) matched by Rift accounts in two, three, four, or seven years. Let's face it. They did something really right, and a lot of us are just pissed that the ride is over. It's like when I had sex with Elisha Cuthbert--it was mind shatteringly awesome, and no matter how great it's going to be when I go over to Megan Fox's house tonight, you can never recover the feeling of the first time. 

I played WoW faithfully (though not obsessively) from summer 2005 until last December. I quit for the same reasons that 99% of the rest of the WoW population quits. Fatigue. But guess what? I knew that was why I'd quit from about day 5 (not play time, actual time). So I was fine ending with a few 80s and a few toons. I got my forty days of play time from the game, and it was overall pretty damn fun. Will I go back? Absolutely. I have a hankering to roll a druid like nobody's business. Will I play for another two hundred hours? No way. 

All I'm saying is let's not take the easy shots at Blizzard. Instead, let's talk about something interesting for cripes' sake. Where are those 600k users now? Why did it take other companies so long to respond? If someone had created an alternative, would it have even caught on? Has Blizzard made their share of dumb-ass moves, dragged their feet, and left us hanging at times? Of course. Show me a game that hasn't disappointed in some way, and I'll show you a game that hasn't been out for seven years. Could they do stuff right now, today, that wouldn't cost all that much and improve my gameplay significantly? Probably, though I'm not prepared to suggest anything right at this moment. But, as you said, it's a matter of putting their resources where they think it'll do the most good, make the most money, or whatever. I don't blame them for it, and neither should you.

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TheMurph

 Let's face it. They did something really right, and a lot of us are just pissed that the ride is over.

Fair. I'll agree with you on that one.

Where are the 600K users now?  Uh.  Had we only an easy location for accurate reporting of MMO user figures... As for a game that's been out forever and hasn't disappointed players, how about Guild Wars?  I haven't read many reports of pissed-off players in that one...

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isamuelson

GW2 is what I'm waiting for. I played WoW for about 6 months and decided that $15 month could be better spent.

Guild Wars is what I played for a long time. I still log on once in awhile to move my character forward and that's what I like about GW. Since I'm not pouring in $15/month, I can take my time to play if I want. I don't have to grind for hours on end to get my $15/month and they were always adding new content at no extra cost to me.

However, if I want extra character slots, I could buy them at reasonable prices. Also, rather than trying to get as high a level of character as possible, GW forces you to look at the situation at hand and employ the correct skills, armor, and items. It's not about how high a level you have, but how well do you employ your skills based on your character and the situation at hand. It's not about grinding and there's actually strategy and planning involved.

 

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CaptainFabulous

Wait, you mean players quit MMOs due to fatigue? Geez, any schmuck from 2005 could have told you that. How, um, insightful.

And obessing over why people left after Cataclysm? Wow (no pun intended), that's pretty old news man. Where have you been for the last 6 months?

But it's good to know you have no current suggestions as to how to make the game better. Clearly you just like to whine about how no one but you "gets it". Riiiiiight.

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Raswan

Nope, other people beside me get it just fine. You're just not one of them. And your period should be inside the quotation marks.

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CaptainFabulous

Only if it's a complete sentence. Back to grammar school for you!

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TheMurph

My douchebaggery?

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CaptainFabulous

His douchebaggery, which apparently must be compensation for a lack of other things.

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Raswan

I think he was talking to me :) I'm ok with it.

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TheMurph

Kumbaya.

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briandhuff

Actually, this article came around at just the right time for me... I've been out of WoW for about 3 years now. Work and life in general has settled down for me and I'm once more looking for a good MMO to play. I was pretty surprised to find, after some research, that WoW is still the 800 pound gorilla in the room and was vacillating on whether or not to reactivate my account or not. After reading this article (and the comments) it didn't take long to decide not to. All the issues that I didn't like about the game are still front and center (including player arrogance). No doubt Raswan I could have found this same type of article written several years ago and came to the same conclusion, but it's David's job to produce content that keeps me at MPC and not other content sites which is precisely what he did... so David, job well done and thanks for the summary write-up.

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