Playing WoW (World of Warcraft) again for the 7th, 8th, maybe 9th time. I would say I’m a habitual quitter with WoW. Over the last few expansions I would tell myself, “it’s going to be fun again like it was in the good old days of TBC (The Burning Crusade), WoW’s 1st expansion.” I found my self quitting because I would lose the excitement and it started to feel like an obligation that was sucking all the energy out from anything else I wanted to accomplish in life. Then while chatting with my friend over the new curse client voip, he mentioned it’s not about the game at all. Sure it has really cool aspects, but it’s playing with friends that makes the game fun. He was absolutely right. During WoD (Warlords of Draenor), WoW’s 5th expansion, I played mostly by myself along with the 3rd and 4th expansions of WoW. This explains why I would eventually get burnt out on the game. When I think back to the times I enjoy the game most, it is when I am playing the game with a friend. We are getting to hang out, yet be in the comfort of our own homes, in our pj’s or lack thereof, and just play until we can’t keep our eyes open and crawl our asses to bed.
I have always identified myself as a once pve (player versus environment) player who turned pvp (player versus player). By doing so I haven’t slowed down just to enjoy the game for what it is, a form of entertainment. The amount of components to the game may seem simple at times, but to reach a higher tier of gamer it is necessary to evaluate efficiency, rotation, and know not only one class or character of the game, but to know every character and their capabilities. Along with the game mechanics of pve fights if you decide to go that route. Often when you are a better than average player, you need to create your own ways to fight and make decisions very quickly.
I could go on and on about the complexity of the game, but I won’t. Maybe this is another reason I quit… it is no longer as challenging. I have conquered what I set out to do. I will say, having played console games for the first 5-20 years of my life. I have no desire of playing games similar to Call of Duty, Halo, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and Golden Eye competitively again especially for console. Though, I was once really good at all these games winning every local tournament I entered, with a total of about $2,000 in cash and prizes. Now, I find these games to be lacking the depth that keeps drawing me back to WoW.
I suppose what I’m really trying to say is that I have enjoyed the new Legion expansion, especially playing with a friend that is better than me and pushes me to be better. Makes me also consider rolling a tank alt so I can enjoy some of the raiding content, without ridiculous que times. Anyway, go out there and enjoy playing your video games and make some friends while doing so.