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I've played WoW off and on for years. CATA was totally the deathstroke for me though. I went from loving my Mage in WOTLK to hating my mage in CATA. Now I go back for a couple weeks, then bail, over and over. I just got into FFXIV... it seems okay. I would really like a brand new shiny AAA Western market game, with no Cash Shops.
lack of content comes from the insta-gratification crowd. That everyone that plays is entitled to see all content and the removal of harder content due to this. So that guilds and players finnish up the raids in like 1 month instead of having to actually work and learn strategies to kill the mobs.
Gone are the days when people tried and tried again with different tactics and things to beat the hardest encounters the games had to offer and actually knew how to play the game and advanced the genre.
If its harder than a faceroll, people will whine. When they beat the, nowadays, nerfed encounters players whine due to too little content. Its a downward spiral.
If they remade WoW with 'realistic' graphics, revamped content, and didnt charge nearly full price for old expansions, and shut down the current version they would have 20 million subs.
Playing: Secret World: Legends
Waiting for: Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen
Death is nothing to us, since when we are, Death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.
People should play singleplayer games then. Solo ruined mmos for me. Solo players should not be able to get raid equivavelent gear in the same way as people who do raid, in my opinion. But I agree on the part of what the masses want nowadays-> instant gratification. People do not want to work for rewards these days. Shines through pretty well in the real world aswell
I recently canceled my sub, and I will not be going back. However, I would go back, if they would add a vanilla server, and I don't mean just a 1-60 server I mean a true vanilla server. There was so much more to leveling and raiding back then. Now, with every xpansion it has just become more and more "faceroll" for the win, no thought goes in to it and the only strategy is stay out of the fire and spam your attack and that is it.
Firstly WoW getting to 12mil Subs was just luck (no real competition around at a time), and it was carried over by the huge success of Warcraft 3. Ever since GW2, ESO, SWTOR and FFXIV got released, WoW lost more than half of their Subs. Now yes the last report was at 5.5mil (should be down to 4mil now), however I doubt more than 2mil were from the West. All those MMOs mentioned above have multiple millions of players today, I wouldn't be surprised if some of them have already surpassed WoW's West player numbers.
Now that we've cleared that, let's go on. I've played WoW for 7+ years. I was addicted to it, playing 10h a day the first few months. I was mainly impressed by how huge the world is, and the fact that there are other players running around. It was just that sense of belonging to a growing community, belonging to something bigger. However even back then I've often compared WoW to other SP RPGs, and what I found out is, that those SP RPGs are of a much higher quality than WoW. My main complains with WoW were that it's graphics are horrible, combat is terrible, story and quests garbage, and there was never any "freedom" at all. It's what I was trying to explain to my friends as well, yet they never listened. Which brings me to the point of what kind of players are there really in WoW? Mostly players that never bothered trying anything else apart from WoW or other Blizzard games, which is why they are still stuck there.
I was really starting to lose hope on the genre, when in 2013 I heard from a friend that Elder Scrolls Online is coming. I've quickly searched for the gameplay trailer, and I was amazed at what I'm seeing. When I tried Beta I was like "this is really great" (if you could get past the bugs). 2 years later from that Beta, and I can honestly admit that ESO is a way way better MMORPG than WoW ever was. Everything I've wished for was a superb RPG game and ESO is precisely that, quite the opposite from WoW. I just wish it did a better job at creating the social environment.