Well, after seven years of Blasting Lichs, grinding dailies, and queuing for PvP,, I've finally hung up my stave, DoTs, and Succubus for good. I've been on a “break” from WoW for a good four plus months now, and I've really got no intention of coming back.
As my last two posts have pointed out, I spent a large period of time grinding day after day on the awful original quests before the latest expansion, Cataclysm, came out and that's done a wonderful job of burning me out! Though, I guess this is to be expected. I was grinding through the worst, most boring aspects of the game while new, exciting and fun content was being pushed out. I mainly did this to try to acquire the Loremaster achievements before the release of Cata, believing that they would change or no longer exist. However, joke was on me, as the achievements where not only still obtainable, but much more fun to acquire since it required you to do something you already wanted to do; Play the new, exciting, world from start to finish. So, instead of hunting up old world pieces or dealing with horrific drop rates, I should have spent that time focusing on Outland (which never got updated and ended up becoming a stopping point for many due to being so grindy) or join the rest of the game population and try to squeeze every last frozen drop of content from Northrend, maybe even try to take down the Lich King.
Another major reason I choose to quit was due to never getting around to joining end game. This is even after having about the best situation to do so. I was in one of, if not the biggest guild in the game (AIE), I had several real life friends playing along with me, and no real life responsibilities other then work. Hell, the only way it could have been any better would be if I had a significant other (Girlfriend, Wife) playing as well. Yet, even with all that, I still couldn't get myself to put in the time or effort to work towards raiding every week. I was either just too interested in other games, always felt like I wasn't up to “snuff”, or I'd feel no desire to do so since I knew Blizz would just make it a cake walk in a few months time since they've shown time and time again that they're perfectly OK with changing things around to meet the needs of the lowest common denominator.
I've spent a large portion of my life playing and enjoying this game. I have to admit, this is probably the first game I've invested a significant amount of time and money into and have been able to leave without throwing a huge nerd rage fit or damning the devs forever. Blizzard has simply grown and changed their focus, as well have I. That being said, I look forward to seeing all the awesome stuff they'll make in the future for this game. Although this time around, I'll just save my time and money and watch the “pros” do it on Youtube.