Thought of returning, then wised up!

#1 Posted by MetalMoog (907 posts) -

Today I thought of firing up my old account again as the new expansion does look cool, and changes a ton about the game. Then I started the incredibly bloated and super huge install/patching process and dragged the folder into the trash. 
 
While the game itself is fun to play sometimes, the monthly subscription, lack of story driven gameplay and incredibly huge download/install sizes on my HDD put me off. Yep, I think I'm done with MMO's for good. I just don't see the advantages to paying $15 a month to play one game, when I can pay a fraction of that price for XBL and play any games I want. Games that are shorter, and require far less time and investment. 
 
Anyone else tempted to go back to WoW and wised up also?

#2 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -

I have so far resisted the temptation to start but I might give a trial version a go just to see what all the fuss is about.

#3 Posted by ninjakiller (3405 posts) -

I was just looking at my WoW boxes.  So far have resisted. 

#4 Posted by ESREVER (2666 posts) -
@TheKeyboardDemon said:
" I have so far resisted the temptation to start but I might give a trial version a go just to see what all the fuss is about. "
Famous Last Words.  

There were a couple of times this past year where I was "inches" from buying and playing WoW. They were all friend related circumstances. They wanted me to cave and play WoW with them. But I held strong.
#5 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -
@MetalMoog said:
 I just don't see the advantages to paying $15 a month to play one game, when I can pay a fraction of that price for XBL and play any games I want. Games that are shorter, and require far less time and investment.   Anyone else tempted to go back to WoW and wised up also? "
I see it the opposite way.  Rather than paying anywhere from $20 to $60 on a new game, many of which these days are completed in 8 hours or less of playtime, I pay $15 a month and can spend countless hours for it.  I only view WoW as requiring a time investment if you want to raid.   
 
So yeah... unfortunately, I was tempted to go back, and did return about 2 weeks ago.
#6 Posted by Gizmo (5389 posts) -

It's your loss, what other game lets you play as a fucking Moonkin?

#7 Posted by Murtaug (308 posts) -

I have been so tempted of late myself, I look over at my shelf with the vanilla box and the expansions sitting there and keep thinking that it needs that new one to keep them company.  
 
Problem is, I never did anything in Wrath, I believe I hit level 71 or 72 and quit. The past two times I resubscribed I spent about four hours total and found myself bored again, none of my friends play any more and scrub pubs were never my bag. I am a solo gamer for the most part, but WoW is a beast that almost requires a couple companions.  
 
I know I will eventually crack, if only to see what has changed, but for now I think the giant stack of PS3/360 and Steam games I have bought in the past month or so will keep me away. The only upside to launching myself back at WoW again is how much money I save from buying other games while I am engrossed in it, but for now that needled is going to stay far from my arm.

#8 Edited by melcene (3056 posts) -
@Murtaug: Sad isn't it?  I knew that we'd get Cata even if we didn't start playing again at the moment, because we'd go back at some point.  We have at least half a dozen MMOs that we return to every couple years or so.  Also, WoW is MUCH MUCH more solo friendly now, FYI :)
#9 Posted by MetalMoog (907 posts) -
@melcene: 
 Yeah if you enjoy WoW to the point of total fulfilment and have no desire to play other games, it is a great deal. I just find the grind is extremely repetitive and boring and need to get out of Azaroth and play some other types of games. I guess XBL serves my A.D.D. gamer personality more. I can't stick with the same game and invest 100+ hours, never have been able to with any game.
#10 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -
@MetalMoog: Excellent point.  I know what you mean because my husband is kinda like that.  Ticks me off personally cause just as I start getting into a game, he's ready to move on to the next.   Or he'll play 3 or 4 games at once.  I can't do that.  I can barely do 1 pc game and 1 console game at once.
#11 Posted by csl316 (8082 posts) -

my buddies have been trying to get me back for years.  years!  but luckily i'm immune to peer pressure.
 
think for yourself, kids!

#12 Posted by Tarakun (225 posts) -

It's that time of year where everyone who knows I used to play wants me to come back. Meanwhile, all my friends who don't play currently will lose their shit if I went back. So far, I'm trying to resist. 
 
Damnit, Guild Wars 2 better hurry up.

#13 Posted by Murtaug (308 posts) -
@melcene: Don't tell me that. Tell me it is so solo unfriendly and that no one wants to be my friend ever. I am about six months sober from WoW and at this point and disposition in my life I think I would find myself back to those eight hours sessions.  
 
*shudder*  
 
I have over forty days of play time into that game, at least from what I remember last time I was subscribed and /played. FORTY DAYS! I know that is nothing compared to some people, but hot damn, it makes me a little sick inside when the addiction is not crowding out rational thought.
#14 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -
@Murtaug: lol I understand... I have over 100 days /played on one toon alone.  Though that toon was created at release 6 years ago.   Seriously though, I think they've made it better not just for soloing, but for not necessarily being a time sink.  From my experience over the last week, I know that I can come home from work, do something else for a while, cook and eat dinner, then play WoW for about an hour, and I'll actually accomplish something, probably get a level on a lower toon. 
 
But no!  It's totally solo unfriendly and no one wants to be your friend ever!  You don't want to go back and watch people in Trade talking about [The Beast Within] in bed, or Anal [Sin and Punishment].  And of course the normal calling of asshats and douchebags.
#15 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

I've been playing since the start of this month. 
Easier to justify when I'm not the one paying

#16 Posted by Hunkulese (2640 posts) -
@MetalMoog said:
" Today I thought of firing up my old account again as the new expansion does look cool, and changes a ton about the game. Then I started the incredibly bloated and super huge install/patching process and dragged the folder into the trash.   While the game itself is fun to play sometimes, the monthly subscription, lack of story driven gameplay and incredibly huge download/install sizes on my HDD put me off. Yep, I think I'm done with MMO's for good. I just don't see the advantages to paying $15 a month to play one game, when I can pay a fraction of that price for XBL and play any games I want. Games that are shorter, and require far less time and investment.   Anyone else tempted to go back to WoW and wised up also? "
There's more story in WoW than any other game but it doesn't beat you over the head with it. Take the time to read the quest text. 
#17 Posted by uniform (1832 posts) -

I picked up the collector's edition and have yet to even unwrap it. I just set it next to the other three collector's edition boxes. I must say they make pretty nice looking collector's edition boxes, much like the LoTR trilogy on DVD. It's strange, as I have no desire to play it. I've been away from the game for close to a year now and am unsure as to the situation regarding guild, friends, familiar characters etc. I think a big part of the draw of WoW is the community factor. Being unsure where I would fit in with the possible changes, I've lost the sense of community I once had and came to realize I could be playing solo. The idea of playing a community game like World of Warcraft as loner does not sound the least bit appealing.

#18 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -
@uniform said:
" I picked up the collector's edition and have yet to even unwrap it. I just set it next to the other three collector's edition boxes. I must say they make pretty nice looking collector's edition boxes, much like the LoTR trilogy on DVD. It's strange, as I have no desire to play it. I've been away from the game for close to a year now and am unsure as to the situation regarding guild, friends, familiar characters etc. I think a big part of the draw of WoW is the community factor. Being unsure where I would fit in with the possible changes, I've lost the sense of community I once had and came to realize I could be playing solo. The idea of playing a community game like World of Warcraft as loner does not sound the least bit appealing. "
I'm actually the same way. I used to play with the 1up guild but a lot of the members have left. Thinking about rolling a character on the GiantBomb server. I recommend you give it a shot anyway. The solo quest content is absolutely amazing. 
#19 Edited by Gamer_152 (14051 posts) -

I'm playing WoW at the moment but the size it's taking up on my machine is frustrating me.

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#20 Posted by Wunder_ (1167 posts) -

I wish I could jump right in - I'm currently in between countries and haven't established a stable internet connection... I managed to wrangle my brother into Cata by enticing him with the $5 WoW/BC deal and I think he picked up the entire WoW set for under 60 bucks. Waiting to get in with Recruit-a-Friend and just plow through the new 1-60 content.

#21 Posted by beej (1674 posts) -

God am I ever tempted, in 2 days I'll be done with this term and I'll have almost a month of free time. Fuck if wasting it all trying out the new 1-60 content doesn't sound awesome.

#22 Posted by MrMuscle (443 posts) -

I actually save money when I play WoW. Usually i get anywhere from 1-4 new games a month but when i play WoW i only play WoW.
#23 Posted by Rehehelly (414 posts) -
@MrMuscle said:
" I actually save money when I play WoW. Usually i get anywhere from 1-4 new games a month but when i play WoW i only play WoW. "
Kind of this.  
Last time I played WoW (last april to august?) I wasn't buying xbox games but rather just paying £10 a month subscription. Single player xbox games don't have that kind of replayability. 
 
HOWEVER. I AM RESISTING. I shall not give in although flying in azeroth sounds like <3 and all the new quests baaaah. NO. I CAN'T. 
#24 Posted by lazyturtle (1227 posts) -

I like the open-endedness of WoW. I've been out for around a year, but I think I'm going to start playing in the next few weeks. I can't say I'll buy Cata yet..I'm going to start a fresh toon.

#25 Posted by atombrain (47 posts) -

I just don't know how people have the time to play that game, I had to sacrifice a lot of sleep to participate in raids just to for the hope of getting a slightly better item. Especially with having a girlfriend around, they aren't very accepting of ignoring them for 4 or more hours on a Saturday night. on the weekdays I'd come home at 5pm eat dinner then raid from 8pm to 2 am then work at 7am. Not to mention having to gather tons of materials for potions on the side. At a certain point I had to reevaluate my life and what I was doing to myself. I had a lot of fun playing for 2 years but then I crashed on it. I would log in, hate everything in need to prepare for a raid, and log off in disgust.

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