I don’t think I’ll ever do a serious blog entry dedicated to praising World of
Warcrack Warcraft unless they switch to a completely F2P model. I’ve been completely turned off by it now. The graphics are dated, the gameplay is considered “standard” and they’re not really getting uber creative with the new expansions, outside of some of the story. It’s become boring to me, especially the majority of the community. It is to MMO games what the majority of FPS console gaming has become to consoles – the poster-child of juvenile rudeness. I might hop back in here and there if they produce a game mechanic I’ve not seen done often before, but I don’t forsee anything spectacular coming out of WoW any time soon, even with the upcoming Mists of Pandera. Honestly, they’re like the Apple of the MMO gaming worlds – they didn’t do anything very new, they just improved what someone else did and made it easy for the laman to use. The majority of their players claim to be “hardcore l33t shiz” but most of the time, it’s hot air. They may know WoW well enough, but put them in any other game with truly hardcore gameplay, and they are whining babies.
Blizzard has apparently been seeing a steady decline of it’s player base. Why? Because better games are coming out on the market and giving it a run for it’s money. Aion, Tera, Rift, STO, SWTOR, etc. – all good, solid games and decent competitors. Will they kill WoW? Hell no. I may dislike WoW for a lot of reasons, but those are only my reasons; the game can be a lot of fun, with the right group of friends, and is a Juggernaut. It’s not going away any time soon, and I think that’s fine. I don’t want to see WoW die; I want to see it improve. I’d love to see a complete overhaul of the graphics engine, keeping a similar art style but massively upgrading textures, modeling detail, shaders, all of it. Do I see WoW continuing to dominate the MMO market in the western world? Nope. It’s had it’s day in the sun, and it’s time for WoW to share the spotlight and the market. I do not ever see it’s numbers dwindling lower than 4 or 5 million players, but I do see other games coming up to match that level of subscriptions, too.
I’ve never been able to get into WoW very much, it just never could hold my attention the way other games have. The quests are kind of dull, and frankly, the community has been elitist and hard for me as a new player to get involved in. Almost all the stuff they have was actually ideas taken from other, lesser known games, and just tweaked or dumbed down then put into WoW. I would not be surprised if they added an in-game marriage mechanic to the game of some kind. You want to know the one thing that really turns me off about WoW? Their unofficial mascot that really embodies the best WoW has to offer as a community.
Goddamn Leeroy fucking Jenkins.
This is, I know, not the entire WoW community. But my point is that it is an example of the kind of arrogant stupidity rampant through the game. This is what a lot of people know about WoW. Hell, he was featured in a damn Jeapordy question. It’s what I hate about it, and why I will not pay my hard-earned money to be a part of it. It does not matter how awesome or great the game mechanics are – the community, as a whole, is crap. And MMO gaming is about the community. You can try to argue that it’s about the challenge and the gameplay, but it’s bull, and we both know it. You can get that same challenge from single-player games. You play MMOs for the people. Different games seem to attract different people. WoW, from my experience, attracts more idiots and elitist douche-bags than anything else. RP servers have more ERP than RP, and have more non-RPers than RPers. And I’m an RPer, so why go play on a game with so little decent RP, especially when the non-RPers that overwhelm the game are such pricks? The only things that could make me interested in playing WoW steady is 1) if they went completely F2P and included a system similar to STO’s Dilithium (Guild Wars 2 is implementing a similar system already), and 2) if the graphics engine also received a decent overhaul & upgrade. Frankly, I could even live without the second, as long as the first is there. But at $15 a month, it’s just not got enough bang for my buck, when half the selling point is supposed to be the community, and so far that’s just turned me right off.