Let it out...
My uncertainty comes from the future, or at least mine, in World of Warcraft. As of late, I have been reminiscing a lot about past times in the game, which seems to be a regular occurrence now, in and out of game, for many. Whether it be players really expressing their feelings or possibly to spite newer players (which is sometimes the case), it seems to be a reoccurring topic up in discussion. Though this is not a debate about times of old and judging if the present game can touch those golden memories
I have pretty much been active within the game for close to four, or so, years. Having taken a substantial break, for whatever reasons, mid-way through wrath, up until the launch of Cataclysm.
I can't describe the buzz that filled me at the very thought of returning to the game, at least after seeing all the big changes lined up for the expansion. Then once jumping in, and of course starting the blog, I made my way to 85 on a brand new character and server etc. Fresh start. Take the game as a whole new experience.
Now, sitting here at 85, reasonably geared and on a steady road of progression, in PVE that is, a feeling has sunk in. I'm not sure if that when I made my come-back and started on a 'clean slate', that I expected the whole experience, including end-game, to be completely different.
Don't catch me taking anything away from Blizzard for the brilliant re-work, mean, I had a blast leveling through all the revitalized zones (maybe excluding the 60-70 Outland period). Heck, even getting stuck in once I hit the level cap proved to be a real treat. Though, now I've quite comfortably become well-established in end-game once again, I've slowly come to a stand-still. Maybe 'comfortable' is part of the issue.
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The main factor which seems to be lingering overhead, is the grind. The grinding. Hours spent leveling professions, gaining reputation, gold and what not, repeatedly running Heroics and all the necessary involvement, to be able to perform efficiently in the part of the game we want. This being, for the majority, progression raiding, and possibly PVP (which is slightly different, as I will expand on).
Not to be mistaken, it has come a hell of a long way from the amount required, in terms of grinding, since the earlier days. With all the additions and improvements, which I agree with, the grind has been greatly reduced.
Still, I cannot help but feel there is still a lot of focus, for me at least, on the repetitive, boring, and unchallenging 'chores' which seem to take up a considerable amount of time in game. Mean, I don't mind a fair share of repetition, and such, if it allows the game to flow and balance a lot better. But on this extent, just to be able to play your roll effectively. If the tasks were actually a considerable challenge, however, that would make all the difference.
Without a doubt, I am sure that a lot of players do enjoy this element of the design. Say, it is an RPG right? Role-playing being the feeling that you are in a real world, where you have to work, or earn the right, to be able to take a shot at the main objectives. So, I cannot criticise it as a flaw. Although, it now seems to be taking more of a toll, on me, than I thought.
Though, with a in-game crisis (slightly over-dramitic I know) at hand, I have had a breath of fresh air. This has come as I took a dive into the world of PVP. Even though considered a side-game by some, and all the views, I see itas a large enough part alone to prove worthy. Far enough to say it has slightly lifted my gloomy feeling. To an extent it feels like the grind is slightly less, and at least more bearable. Though, that should wait for another post.
Now, looking on the horizon, there are a number of games to come. Especially in the MMO field. I'm sure I need not to list them. Yes, I can hear you say "they come and go, take a look at the past", but now I see a shift. I see that titles to come are really going to prove strong competitors, and alternatives to the world of Azeroth. Nothing to shy away from. But again, enough for now.
Maybe it may soon just be my time to move on.
Now, I think I have just written my first 'rant'. I could have chosen a number of more interesting, as such, topics, and at least ones with more positivity. Although I wouldn't say I have tried to be negative in any way. I just felt like I should express my thoughts a feelings. It is a blog after all, right.
Anyway, I would really like to hear your responses on this. Do you feel the same? Can't imagine where I picked up this ideology from? Share your view!
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