Keeping the Mould Unbroken

Today, I cancelled my World of Warcraft subscription. The thing is, I don’t want to quit, I really don’t. This is a game I love and have felt passionate about for 4 years now, and I’ve made so many friends and embedded myself in a community and finally found a nice guild, and I don’t massively want to leave that behind. But what is there to do? I mean, honestly, what?

After the disappointment that Wrath of the Lich King ended up being, I was so excited about the release of Cataclysm. There would be new content and Archaeology and things like that! Woo! They revamped low level questing, and for about a month it interrupted my NaNoWriMo and reading and I was really enjoying levelling lowbies and checking everything out. And then we ordered a Collectors Edition and played through the new Cataclysm things and it was fun, the new quests, and epic feeling, and new instances, but wait a second, what exactly is new here? We’ve got dungeons and heroics, yep, dailies, a PvP island, raids…

Whilst I agree with everything they’ve done, when the thing that killed the game for me before was the grind, they haven’t done a great job of trying to fix that. Grind heroics, grind raids, grind dailies, grind pets, grind mounts, grind Archaeology. Yes, Archaeology is just one big grindfest. I’ve so badly wanted to enjoy this expansion but the candle burnt down so fast that there isn’t much of a flame left. I just don’t really enjoy much any more. I enjoy playing with friends, but friends aren’t always around when I want to play, obviously.

In the end, I figured I’d log in to battle.net and just cancel my subscription until I felt like logging in again, because even the low levels aren’t grabbing my imagination these days. I’ve been wishing I was an RPer, so I could create my own fun, but I’m not. I’m not quick enough to think up decent RP on the spot.

The problem for me is that Blizzard just haven’t broken the mould at all. Questing is fun but so linear that it gets boring very fast. Heroics are still pretty new and fun but require the right people to be online and in the mood to heroic.

This isn’t me quitting, I’ll probably be back in a couple of days anyway when the house is once again filled with the sound of a TV set to volume 40-50, much too loud to be able to focus on reading, and have nothing else to do, but I suppose it is polite to explain why I’m not blogging over here so much.

I literally have nothing to say except that I don’t like grinding, and hopefully I’ll be back soon. If, on the other hand, you do have any suggestions towards making the game fun again, I’m all ears. I really don’t want to end up quitting just yet, not until I have something else to fill the time.

Edit: I should probably have added that I do have another blog that I tend to post at from time to time, more so when I don’t have much to say here. The Rant Page. Writing a fair bit about books and reading at the moment, but it’s not all I write about there. Hopefully though, I’ll find some fun in the game again and come back here, touch wood.

23 thoughts on “Keeping the Mould Unbroken”

  1. OH!
    I totally didn’t see that coming, but I know exactly what you are talking about.

    Playing the same game for so long it is natural to “get over it”. Taking a break (either permanent or temporary, play it by ear!) is the best thing to do :)
    Brangwen recently posted..Losing your mojo

  2. I don’t know what to say except alas :( :( :(

    But, yeah, if you’ve been playing WoW for that extent of time it makes sense that even the new stuff will stop feeling new.

    I’ll see you on Twitter ;)
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  3. heh, I came back for cataclysm at least to try out the new zones etc.

    Trouble is I’m in the same boat as you. I’ve played for a long time and done most of the stuff. Tried horde, levelled most classes to 80, raided hard and even PvP’d. I had a blast levelling to 85 but already I’m getting bored. The choice is out of my hands and I’ve been faced with a new challenge ie working out which one of my graphics cards has decided to asplode
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    1. Haha, I love that you said, “which of” xD
      But yup, there are parts I enjoy, but it’s mostly the social aspect now, and hanging around just talking in Orgrimmar isn’t my cup of tea – I like to be doing something while I chat.

  4. I’m sorry to hear that, but if you need a break then take a break. I know I’ve played a bit too much over the last month and I’m taking it very casually now. If you ever feel like it, do try out an rp server. Don’t worry about not being quick enough with rp-ing, it’s really not that difficult and it could give you a nice breath of fresh air trying to be your char :) I do hope you get the wow-bug soon enough, but for now take your time and just enjoy doing other things *hugs*
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      1. I think I remember your belf rogue! And from what I remember vis a vis the little RP that we had, you did good! Even if you don’t get into lots of RP-proper, I enjoy the fact that my character is a ‘person/dorf/whatever’ to me, and not just a selection of pretty pixels.
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  5. Aww honey. I do know how you feel – I’ve taken a break on numerous occasions as you know :)

    I guess that, for me, my ultra casual status means that I’m nowhere close to the grindy stage yet. Plus having no intention of raiding means that even if I get there, it’ll be optional, rather than a requirement to grind for rep and the gear that goes with it. I just play for an hour here and there now and actually after about 4 years of WoW, that’s where I want to be.

    Thinking of you and sending *hugs* – I hope you come back refreshed and happier!
    Pilfkin recently posted..Up close and personal

    1. Aww. That’s the thing, I enjoy the gear grind, it’s the putting aside hours and hours for raids I’m not sure if I want to be in until I join and then can’t leave purely out of politeness, and the dailies I’d rather not do, and all the same old repetitive stuff. And you know what? I miss Oculus.

  6. Awww, Sad to hear Jaedia :'(
    I guess a tiny break might get you back in the mood. I usually have those every now and then myself. I think it’s even gonna be easier to get double raids going now as we’ve got a few new healers in and back from breaks. You’ll be missed… hope your other half gets his graphics card soon so he don’t decide to go swoosjh as well :S Hope to see you again soon :) don’t stop blogging at least :P
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    1. Hehe, well, I might end up sticking around a bit anyway because my life is boring and all that \o/ ha. I do really want to raid, the problem is putting aside a few hours to do it in, because if I join and want to leave, I won’t, because that’s kinda rude unless you genuinely have some kind of emergency. I’ll hopefully still do some heroics and achievementy type runs, and probably overrun the guild with my alts or something :P

      As for blogging, when I find something to blog about WoW, will do, but at the moment, nothing really goes through my mind that I cba to write about. However, if I’m not blogging here, I’m probably blogging here ;).

      1. While I’m sad to hear you’ve canceled your subscription, I’m happy to know you have another blog and I can follow you there, even if you aren’t writing about WoW.

        As a blogger, you’ve been an inspiration to me to write more and I can’t thank you enough for that.

        I wish I could give you some advice on how to make WoW fun again, but the way you’ve spelled it out, I just don’t know.

        I wish you all the luck in the world in finding something fun to do in your spare time, even if it isn’t WoW.
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        1. Aww, yeah, I should probably stick the link on the end of my post really, hadn’t thought of that. If I find fun in the game again I will be back to blogging here, though :)

  7. Well this is definitely a sad day in WoW then. Though I don’t blame you at all, you’re absolutely right about WoW. Nothing new was added, we do the same stuff, and it’s all grinding. But I guess that’s just how MMO’s work. Because I sit here and try to think of how they could fix it and I just can’t come up with something that wouldn’t be grindy.

    I guess it’s why I’m trying to get into PvP. I have never really done PvP ever before so trying something new might help me get more interested in the game again. Sure getting honour is still grinding, but PvP doesn’t seem as much as the same thing over and over. I hope.
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    1. That’s the trouble. 4 years is a long time to play. That’s time to try raiding, levelling different alts, trying different factions, RPing, auction housing, PvPing, I’ve done everything I previously enjoyed to death. :<

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