Chawa’s been dominating the posts as of late, so it’s time I ante up. 🙂
So, anyway, a few days ago Meka over at Mekapedia made some observations about why some people, particularly higher end raiders and bloggers, were leaving WoW. It was noted that when people left in BC, it was due to real life aggro – while in Wrath, more and more people seem to be leaving because of boredom. She also sympathized with her own thoughts on raiding in Wrath and why some people may find the game boring now.
And raiding in Lich King has been … poor. We got welfare epics coming out of our ears, the raids aren’t hard at all, nothing new. Ditching attunements and pouring emblems over us was a bad misstake, the general quality of raid groups are just appaling now adays, the hardest part about any given raid is the poor skills of the players, and if you do go in with a good group you’ll faceroll pretty much anything.
Maybe this is the cause, by making the game accessible to anyone, it also took out the challenge of it. You’ll only be truly challenged in the game now if you do progression raids in one of those realm best guilds, or compete in the Arena at the higest rankings. Yes there’s a lot to do in wow, but there’s almost no challenge in anything. You can do pretty much anything if you just dedicate time. So is this the cause to the “I’m bored, I’m cancelling my account” thing going on right now?
I propose a different reason for boredom with WoW.
(More behind the cut…I just found the feature, and damn, I’m gonna use it!)
While I can concede that the game has been made more accessible, most notably with the raiding; I believe that the game still is not “too easy”. Yes, Naxx may have been a bit of a faceroll for top end raiders, but with the implimentaion of hard modes for Ulduar (and following raids), the challenge has subsequently been re-instated. How many guilds have actually downed hard-mode Yogg? Probably not all that many, and probably not a lot of those people who complained about the ease of content. Because of these hard modes, I feel that the argument that WoW is too easy is no longer valid.
Heck, there were even complaints that the latest phase of ICC was released too soon because most haven’t completed the last boss of the previous wing. I wonder: Are these the people that complained about the gating of ICC and are now complaining that they can’t keep up?
Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. Moving along now.
If the challenge of WoW is actually exists in Blizzard’s attempt to appease dedicated raiders (hard modes), then why are some of these people still leaving WoW citing boredom as the cause?
I don’t think it has anything to do with the game design or perceived difficulty. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that many people have been playing WoW for over four years. Yes, Blizzard has done a great job at releasing expansions and adding new content to help maintain interest – but for all intents and purposes, it’s just been more of the same thing.
Let’s try to put four years into perspective:
- Most people haven’t even been at their jobs for that long. And I bet a lot of people who have been at the same job for that long are likely bored with it, to no one’s surprise.
- Four years is longer than many University degrees or time in high school.
- It’s one complete term of a US Presidency.
- Four yeas is the length of the first World War (1914 – 1918).
- Four years ago Saddam Hussein was still alive.
- Four years ago you would have likely been reading this blog on a different computer and slower internetz.
I also won’t say that some of Meka thoughts or observations aren’t totally unwarranted. There is likely a greater quantity of less skilled players out there. There are more asshats out there who think gear makes them “omg teh uberleet”. But I don’t think this a result of the game design, but more so a result of the game’s popularity. There are just more people playing – as such, there is more of every type of player out there. Good and bad. (We just seem to notice and remember the bad more than the good.) But making the game and gear more accessible to those people (and myself) really isn’t the cause of the supposed boredom out there. And it isn’t the “lack of challenge”.
As Rohan over at Blessing of Kings puts it: “If you think WoW is too easy, maybe you should step up to the next level of challenge.”
So why are you really bored?