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Good evening all.
First, I'd like to openly state that I am not a WoW hater. I played WoW from original release and gave up on it after hitting level 60 after about 2 months of (what I deem) casual playing. I re-subscribed after Burning Crusades released and got my level 70 from (what I deem) casual playing in about a month.
I have given the game chances... I have really tried to like it for the sake of my RL friends that started playing it. I honestly used to think there was something wrong with me because I couldn't get into whatever was making the game a success. I didn't like the dungeons... I didn't like the graphics... I didn't like the loot (however Diablo's random loot was AWESOME)... I didn't like much of the game at all.
I own my own business with a dozen employees, I have a wife and 2 kids that support my gaming addiction to the point of letting me play it on the 50" LCD some nights. It finally occurred to my why I can't get into the game. There are two main reasons:
1. My tastes have matured since I first started playing MMOs. I've got over a dozen years of my life wasted playing MMOs. What I liked 12 years ago is not what does it for me today.
2. I am hardcore... Since before Meridian 59 I have been involved in something 'multi-user', I have bought every MMO released in North America since Meridian 59 (may have missed a couple). I still play marathon sessions of 12+hours at a time occasionally.
Now these are my personal reasons for not liking WoW. I'm sure this following comment will be attacked by the fanboi's however, I find WoW a 'simple' game - my definition of simple, that is.
To me, simple is being able to find a group at any time of the day. To me, simple is clearing a dungeon in under 6 hours. To me, simple is not having to spend hours pre-raid reading and re-reading boss strategies, hand-drawn maps, etc. To me, simple is not having to requisition the assistance of a bunch of utility crafters to make food/drink/potions/etc for the various raid necessities. To me, simple is never running from a train made by someone else while you are trying to rest up after a big fight. To me, simple is taking longer than 10 seconds to rest after a big fight. To me, simple is having to give your mother a tour around Ironforge because her and her card-playing buddies all bought the game...
Haters - are you long time veterans of other games? Do you also feel WoW to be 'simple' by your standards? Are you mad that your mother's bridge club plays WoW because it is a 'simple' game?
Fanbois - do you love the game so much because it is your first MMO you experienced? Did you meet your spouse playing WoW? Do you love that the game is so 'simple' that you can keep your commitments in the real world because you only need a few hours to accomplish something in-game?
I don't want to start a massive hate-fest back and forth... I just want to know the motivations and drive behind people's feelings towards this game.