I have been very happy playing WoW. Or if we have to get precise, I have enjoyed it greatly all the way from the beginning and up to and including MoP. Never complained about the game, did not go on the fence to defend it either though, when others complained about it before WoD. I was just content and went on my merry way doing everything the game had to offer.
It has been a struggle though from the get go, which I did not mind a whole lot the first 10 years. When servers died out, I just switched servers. When guilds died out, I just switched guilds. If a guild did not match my interests in the game, I engaged in guild politics now and then to encourage change, which though later I stopped doing, cause, well, maybe Im not good at it, maybe I said the wrong things, maybe I tried too hard, maybe I shouldnt have tried. All in all I have probably done all the mistakes I could fit in into 10 years of many different guilds that, along with changing members and a changing game, just overall changed over time.
I have been officer, I have been GM, I have been worldranked raider, semi hardcore raider, casual, social, horde, ally, twink, pvp'er, pve'er, you name it, I seem to have tried it all. PvP server, PvE server, RP server, list goes on.
Anyway to sum up the above, I have been very happy and have managed my struggles along the way by taking on the challenges along the way with dedication and great interest in most if not all areas of the game.
So what is on my mind?
Well in the past 5-6 years it has been increasingly difficult to actually find a guild that not only engage in the game, but also have members who have interest in being social.
I have managed to find these guilds, but the last time was in MoP and once WoD hit, that was the end of an otherwise exellent active and chatty guild. The social gameplay got lost and so people left. Nothing dramatic, no guild collaps of any kind, people just phased out gradually.
In the past 3 or so years I have joined many social guilds on various characters and tend to get on good standing with people in all these guilds, with some exceptions of course, or so I am sure anyway.
What happens though is that these guilds do a nice initial rush of invites over a period of time, where officers and GMs are eager to either rebuild or reorganize their guilds and then it phase out. I dont blame the guilds management, cause people very much join and leave often, so its almost a fulltime job to keep a new flow of members incoming.
However what has started to drain me are the guild with members on, who refuse to interact with other people. I dont mind this in general, I mean there can easily enough be made room for people of the silent kind or people too shy to type or afraid of making spelling errors in "public" that they mind their own with their friends in whispers.
But when did it start to become the norm? Are we all supposed to be silent now?
I mean Im well aware Im not perfect, I have a ton of flaws or at least characteristics that some people will easily consider flaws, but just as I do not carry any grudges at people who strikes me as wildly different to myself, I too expect, or in some degree expect people to not be overly emotionally involved in my personality traits.
So what is with the silence?
It is not only guilds, its in raids, bgs and dungeons also.
WoW in particular is trying to promote a social aspect in WoW, adding more and more social features, but they are not working really, apart from making the game function in terms of getting groups together, who just never speaks.
So what is the deal here?
I have reached a point where WoW has so little to offer in terms of interesting gameplay. It still has everything it always had, it is just a bit on repeat now, which makes it a little less interesting.
So I turn to the socials to "keep" me ingame. But friends have left WoW, they always did over time during the time I have played. People come and go and often come back, though the last 4-5 years majority seems to just have sticked with the "gone".
Guilds turns empty and now its not just during downtimes or summertimes or easter or Christmas or "name what ever reason" in WoW we have for many years made up any and all excuse to explain a sudden drop in players. Still it seems it is turning permanently Summer and Christmas in WoW these days, outside raidhours anyway.
But Im actually not sure it is the game that is the reason that people have gone utter quiet in many areas of the game.