WoW: Third Time Lucky


 


Recently I started playing World of Warcraft. Truthfully, I should be saying I started replaying World of Warcraft since this is my third attempt to get into World Of Warcraft and my second retail purchase of the WoW Battle Chest.
To give a little perspective I started playing WoW originally sometime in late 2006 shortly before the release of the first expansion pack (Burning Crusade) and I played for the full term of the free trial. This was my ever exposure to the MMORPG genre and I did not like it. I am unsure of exactly what I didnt like, all I can really remember is that everything that happened felt worthless and disconnected. I can say little more for my first exposure to WoW since it was quite short and such a long time ago but it did leave a sour taste in my mouth in regard to WoW and the greater MMORPG (and MMO) genre.

My second attempt came a little over 2 years later in the run up to the release of Wrath of the Litch King, I wonder if you noticed the pattern that is beginning to form, and again I got a trial account and played for the trial period but this time I purchased the Battle Chest in order to play with a friend who wanted to try it out. That friend never showed up to the game and I went ahead myself since I had already bought the game. I ended up getting up to level 17 as a Human Warrior but I dont think I ever once got into a party the entire time which was a major sticking point for me. I also felt the combat to feel disconnected, I felt like I was watching animations happen while a spreadsheet was running underneath, although I was affecting the spreadsheet I didnt feel like I was the one in combat. I ended up giving up on the game before my 30 day's had even ran out and forgot about the game for another two years.

In the intervening years I tried out a number of free MMO's since I had a niggling feeling that I should be enjoying this genre but I never managed to get very far into any of them. That was until around six months ago when I joined a few friends who were playing Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online (Megaten) and I had a similar reaction as I had to other MMO's I had played, I kept going since I had promised and I enjoying playing with friends and without warning I was enjoying playing the game. I am unsure of what cause this change but I kept playing, I was suddenly the one asking for people to come on and run a dungeon (partially because thats most of what Megaten has).

 

The above screenshot is not very current but its what I had to hand.

 
In the run of to Cataclysm there is a lot more talk of WoW and I cant help but feel like this is a game I should enjoy, as I did twice
 
 before, but I put it out of my mind knowing my past history with the game. I was commited to that idea until WoW came up in a conversation with a friend about MMO's, particularly how I have never truly enjoyed one though I feel like I should, and before the conversation had ended he had decided to buy the game and give it a try which is fine, but somehow I had promised to join him and keep level. I tried to recover my old account, and associated retail keys, but I ended up having to purchase a new battle chest.

I am pleased that I ended up enjoying my third try of WoW, partially from a monetary stand point, but I find it annoying that I cant tell why I am enjoying it when I didnt before. Although WoW has changed its only in small ways, from my perspective, so I cant attribute my new found passion to WoW itself instead the only answer I can find with any credibility is that I have changed or at least how I view this game has changed. 

I may try and write up some impressions so far of WoW, currently I am a level 27 Human Warrior specialising in tanking with mining and engineering. Although I cant commit to anything, I had started a piece of my experiences with Final Fantasy VII but I have only played an hour greater than what I wrote about so I have never had the urge to continue that blog. 




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Posted by Pazy

 


Recently I started playing World of Warcraft. Truthfully, I should be saying I started replaying World of Warcraft since this is my third attempt to get into World Of Warcraft and my second retail purchase of the WoW Battle Chest.
To give a little perspective I started playing WoW originally sometime in late 2006 shortly before the release of the first expansion pack (Burning Crusade) and I played for the full term of the free trial. This was my ever exposure to the MMORPG genre and I did not like it. I am unsure of exactly what I didnt like, all I can really remember is that everything that happened felt worthless and disconnected. I can say little more for my first exposure to WoW since it was quite short and such a long time ago but it did leave a sour taste in my mouth in regard to WoW and the greater MMORPG (and MMO) genre.

My second attempt came a little over 2 years later in the run up to the release of Wrath of the Litch King, I wonder if you noticed the pattern that is beginning to form, and again I got a trial account and played for the trial period but this time I purchased the Battle Chest in order to play with a friend who wanted to try it out. That friend never showed up to the game and I went ahead myself since I had already bought the game. I ended up getting up to level 17 as a Human Warrior but I dont think I ever once got into a party the entire time which was a major sticking point for me. I also felt the combat to feel disconnected, I felt like I was watching animations happen while a spreadsheet was running underneath, although I was affecting the spreadsheet I didnt feel like I was the one in combat. I ended up giving up on the game before my 30 day's had even ran out and forgot about the game for another two years.

In the intervening years I tried out a number of free MMO's since I had a niggling feeling that I should be enjoying this genre but I never managed to get very far into any of them. That was until around six months ago when I joined a few friends who were playing Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online (Megaten) and I had a similar reaction as I had to other MMO's I had played, I kept going since I had promised and I enjoying playing with friends and without warning I was enjoying playing the game. I am unsure of what cause this change but I kept playing, I was suddenly the one asking for people to come on and run a dungeon (partially because thats most of what Megaten has).

 

The above screenshot is not very current but its what I had to hand.

 
In the run of to Cataclysm there is a lot more talk of WoW and I cant help but feel like this is a game I should enjoy, as I did twice
 
 before, but I put it out of my mind knowing my past history with the game. I was commited to that idea until WoW came up in a conversation with a friend about MMO's, particularly how I have never truly enjoyed one though I feel like I should, and before the conversation had ended he had decided to buy the game and give it a try which is fine, but somehow I had promised to join him and keep level. I tried to recover my old account, and associated retail keys, but I ended up having to purchase a new battle chest.

I am pleased that I ended up enjoying my third try of WoW, partially from a monetary stand point, but I find it annoying that I cant tell why I am enjoying it when I didnt before. Although WoW has changed its only in small ways, from my perspective, so I cant attribute my new found passion to WoW itself instead the only answer I can find with any credibility is that I have changed or at least how I view this game has changed. 

I may try and write up some impressions so far of WoW, currently I am a level 27 Human Warrior specialising in tanking with mining and engineering. Although I cant commit to anything, I had started a piece of my experiences with Final Fantasy VII but I have only played an hour greater than what I wrote about so I have never had the urge to continue that blog. 




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Posted by 9cupsoftea

It seems like you tried so hard to like it you were bound to eventually. Most people try not to like wow as much as they do.

Posted by Pazy
@9cupsoftea said:
" It seems like you tried so hard to like it you were bound to eventually. Most people try not to like wow as much as they do. "
That does seem like a totally plausible answer, luckily it doesn't feel like I'm pretending to like it otherwise it would be hard to play.
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Posted by sheira

To be honest with you, you never gave it a proper try. From those few levels you played you maybe experienced 5% from what the game has to offer overall. Even at level 27 its really hard to "judge" the game so big and complex. It will be interesting to read whether you like the game when you finally reach the final stage. 

Posted by apoptosis61

if you are lucky and you cant just like the game then just stop trying

Posted by mazik765

Honestly, I would wait until Cataclysm comes out to level new characters. They are giving the entire level 1-60 process a big overhaul (which was very much needed). You'll definitely notice how bland the 1-60 experience is once(/if) you get to Outland and Northrend at around 58 and 68 respectively. 

Posted by thehexeditor

I tried getting back into WoW with my ICC-geared resto druid and then I got a fierce reminder of the absolutely insipidly EVIL elitist, racist, menstruating douchebags that exist in the community.
It's not so much Blizzard's fault as it is GOD'S and mine for even participating in an environment where such things could happen- the only way to win is not to play i hear.

Posted by Aether

As someone who has played WoW since about 2005 and having my first account pretty much hacked to hell then starting up again around BC then quitting a few months ago i can safely say the best thing about WoW, and what will keep you playing, is finding people you enjoy being around.  
The best thing about the game is the community. It's also the worst thing about the game.  
I ended up with around 5 80's a 70 and multiple 60 somethings and the only reason i kept playing was the people. I never found the game to be anything special but it did help me form alot of bonds that carried over into real life.  
 
All in all the minute you find yourself no longer enjoying your time in the game stop. Immediately. That is the best advice I can give you. Trying to force yourself to get into something twists your perception in terrible ways. It is why people have such harsh reactions to the game. 
 It is a wonderful time killer and i hope you can find as much joy as i did when i used to play.

Posted by Galiant
@thehexeditor said:
" I tried getting back into WoW with my ICC-geared resto druid and then I got a fierce reminder of the absolutely insipidly EVIL elitist, racist, menstruating douchebags that exist in the community. It's not so much Blizzard's fault as it is GOD'S and mine for even participating in an environment where such things could happen- the only way to win is not to play i hear. "
I hear you on this one, so many online games leave a bad taste in my mouth because of people. It's sad, really.
Posted by Pazy
@mazik765 said:
" Honestly, I would wait until Cataclysm comes out to level new characters. They are giving the entire level 1-60 process a big overhaul (which was very much needed). You'll definitely notice how bland the 1-60 experience is once(/if) you get to Outland and Northrend at around 58 and 68 respectively.  "

Part of the reason I choose to try again just now, as opposed to with Cataclysm, is so that I can notice all the changes made to the original game. I watched the first "Rorcraft" video and he mentioned that the park in Stormwind would be destroyed and I remembered seeing the park before, when he went to the other places and mentioned changes it meant nothing to me so I thought that if I play just now then I can notice all the changes and the Cataclysm might mean more to me. I expect I will at least get to Outland since I am really enjoying what I have been playing so far and hopefully Northrend afterward. 

@sheira said:

" To be honest with you, you never gave it a proper try. From those few levels you played you maybe experienced 5% from what the game has to offer overall. Even at level 27 its really hard to "judge" the game so big and complex. It will be interesting to read whether you like the game when you finally reach the final stage.  "
That is part of why I kept trying, I knew I had played so little (Though it was so off-putting I could play any more) and I heard people mention all the different ways that it changes as you level up and how it changes in the end game. All these changes sounded so appealing but I couldn't make my way through the early level's which were so dreadfully dull, the first two times, and the action felt so disconnected. I made sure never to bash WoW since I had had not played enough to truly criticise, although I was happy to say I didnt like what I had played since that was true.

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