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Why do I keep going back to WoW every 2-3 months?



  • XodicXodic Member RarePosts: 770
    The same reason people get back together with their crazy ex.
    You keep trying to fill a void with something familiar. 
  • DistopiaDistopia Member EpicPosts: 21,176
    Good question....

    For every minute you are angry , you lose 60 seconds of happiness."-Emerson

  • VyntVynt Member UncommonPosts: 733
    I think going back to a game you really enjoyed is because it is a known quantity.The thing is though, they're not quite the same, so you may have fun, but it doesn't last as long. Kind of like how previously stated that some do each expansion, but spend less and less time on each new one.

    I go back to some of my old games still, and even stay for a while. I stopped going back to WoW because it just changed too much for me to enjoy it. 

    I usually go back to EQ1 when they have a new progression server and often last 6 months to a year on it, which is more than most MMOs for me in the last 10 years. Of course I end up going on vacation for a few weeks and when I return, I'm no longer interested hehe.

    I think of going back to ffxiv, but the way the game is set up, having to do all the quests, and for me, it would soon be 2 expansions worth, just is so off putting.

    For the most part though I rarely play MMOs anymore. I have so many other things to occupy my time that I enjoy that I don't have the need to settle for some mediocre MMO. I do get the urge to play them every now and then, and miss them, and that is when I look around and see what is out, but often none garner interest to even try them, which is why I go back to favorites that I know I will enjoy for a while.

    At least I have a few I'm looking at on the horizon, maybe they will pan out.
  • Loke666Loke666 Member EpicPosts: 21,323
    Kyleran said:
    Poor upbringing? Weak character? Lacking in will? Fluoridated water? Daddy issues? Seeking something new to put your faith in, a good cult perhaps? ;)

    Putting psychoanalysis and kidding aside, most modern games don't deliver anywhere near the immersive experience some us had with early versions of our favorite  MMORPGS.

    So we go back to them, in some cases to legacy private servers for EQ1, WOW, DAOC, and SWG.

    People will tell you it's all nostalgia, except it's not, having returned to a 2002 version of a favorite game my friends and I are having more fun together than we've had in years.

    So understandable why you return to WOW, for me it's EVE. On a hiatus for now but one day I'll be returning, not much on the near horizon to replace it.
    Nostalgia is still a part of it, but that mainly means that you will have more fun playing it again then someone who never did.  Nostalgia isn't the same as rose colored glasses, which means you just remember the good stuff but not the bad (which isn't uncommon with MMO vets but not something everyone have).

    Compare it with listening to music you loved as a kid, some stuff is still awesome, others havn't aged with dignity.

    In OPs case though I think he compares the new games with Wow instead of trying to like them for what they are themselves.

    Maybe OP should take a few months of computer RPGs altogether, a break makes all the games more fun again after it. Play something of other genres or maybe even try a pen and paper game instead. At least that always work for me.
  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member EpicPosts: 6,649
    Legion was the most fun I had in WoW since the Death Knight and Werewolf expansions.  They have problems with balance and rotate nerfs and buffs which I don't like but overall they hit the nail on the head from time to time.  Played since the game first started and still return from time to time when something looks good.  I loved the evasions and if they make them a regular thing I might be back.
    “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”  ― Haruki Murakami
  • TheocritusTheocritus Member RarePosts: 5,645
    I havent considered WoW as an option in years
  • VelifaxVelifax Member UncommonPosts: 386
    Exact same situation with new. Every few months i just need that hit of tight action combat. These days it only lasts a week or three though. Saves lots of money.
  • VutarVutar Member UncommonPosts: 891
    Because nothing else is out there. There is such a huge void in the MMORPG market atm for a good game that everyone is trying to find something to play that will keep them entertained. I go back to WoW once in awhile hoping that it won't be  the shallow shell of a game that it has turned into over the years but it is always the same. The game is so time-locked now that it makes the game unplayable. They managed to turn every system in the game into one giant daily quest. Log in, do X, log out until next time X is off cooldown.
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  • RawynRawyn Member UncommonPosts: 196
    I play WoW. Have a ton of fun for 1 to 4 months. Once in a while I sub for an entire year, and play that entire year. Get kinda bored at endgame. Last longest it seems when I'm on an RP server than any other server, also I do seem to play more when I don't focus on raiding or hardcore stuff, and just play casually. Stop playing eventually because my guild disbands or/and my friends want me to play other games.

    I quit the raid grind and arena grind years ago in WoW and enjoy it so much more without them. There's so much to do in Wow. What I really love is you can do anything you want and play it like a sandbox game if you want. 
  • Panther2103Panther2103 Member RarePosts: 3,702
    Nostalgia and momentary fun. In WoW most of the people I know go back because something new came out to do, then once they are bored of the new thing they move on until the next new thing comes along. Honestly it's extremely common with MMO's to go back to the ones you had the most fun with (or stick with them if you do). I do that all the time. I go back to Lineage 2 every few months, even though the game isn't the same and is ruined in almost every aspect that I actually enjoyed about it originally. I just find that I know so much about the game, and the world that going back just feels right each time. Last time I played about 3 months and it was super fun but eventually the same feeling the game wasn't the same comes back. But going back over and over provides fun for a while, so I think that's why people tend to go back to their original love in MMORPG's.
  • DarkswormDarksworm Member UncommonPosts: 705
    edited October 2017
    Because you already have max level characters, already know how to play decently well, and no other game on the market right now makes a compelling case for anyone to pick them up over World of Warcraft.

    That's why I have a hard time playing other MMORPGs.

    I don't mind playing games like Destiny II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and some Single Player PS4 RPGs (Witcher III, etc.) in addition to an MMORPG (change of pace is always good), but an MMORPG really needs to be really good and have a nice player base size for me to care to put more than 20 hours or so into them.

    Unfortunately, WoW is the only one out there that I'd personally classify as "really good."

    The rest are either fairly close clones of it (FFXIV, except with molasses combat and worse performance), or just bad.

    I was really interested in some games over the years, but they tended to develop their game for specs above what I had available at the time (Age of Conan, for example).  By the time I got a PC that could play them, they had already faded into obscurity (and I don't like playing dead/barely populated MMORPG games).
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