Wow… I’m Kinda Done With WoW…

Posted August 4th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

I have started to wonder if it’s really possible to play WoW casually. I don’t mean casually as in not raiding, I mean as in logging on maybe 3 times a week only for an hour or so. I don’t know what happened, but I just haven’t been able to get myself back into it this time and I don’t believe I’ll be renewing my subscription when it ends later this month. It just all feels so old, or maybe I’m just starting to feel old, and can’t really find the time needed to invest in WoW for it to feel fun for me. I won’t be returning to Rift right away either. Though I did find it a lot of fun, it’s the same sort of game, and really I just don’t have the desire to spend as much time on an MMO as I once did. My experimental week of not using any computer or tv maybe has a bit to do with MMOs losing their luster for me, time went by so slowly without a character to level or some item to farm, which was a bit boring at first, but it was nice having that much time to work on other things once I got used to it. I still enjoy throwing a game in the 360 now and then, or maybe spending a couple hours building a Sim mansion, but it seems a game like WoW just isn’t in the cards for me right now. The money to keep it active just isn’t worth the amount of time I’d actually play. So that leaves me wondering what to do with Miss Mediocre here.

I’ve never claimed that this was a WoW only blog, I had my little Rift vacation and occasionally some Sims slip in, but my posts have definitely been pretty MMO focused and always gaming related. I’m not throwing in the gaming towel completely or anything, but I really don’t play anything much right now, which leaves me wondering what I should post about? I could keep posting kind of rarely, just sporadically when I have something to say about some game I tried, or I could start posting about other stuff I’m doing more often. I’m leaving on vacation in a few days, so I’ll wait to make my decision until after I get back, since there’s no internet, computers or even a tv where I’m going, so I won’t have any way to post regardless! I’m interested in what you all think though? Would you rather hear about my non-gaming related stuff, or should I only post about games? My topics could be like my Whatever Wednesday posts, but every day of the week, lol.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

23 Responses to “Wow… I’m Kinda Done With WoW…”

  1. vivianalive

    I don’t know what to say about this, but here is the note I wrote right after Fireland came out.

    “Patch 4.2 is already out there, but I am kinda worried because many mods are not being updated. I see too many good add-on authors left, as well as my friends. Whatsworse, too few people coming in, yet I don’t know how to make them stay.”

    Now I am still fighting in a high-pressure raid guild. We rank at 100+ in the world.
    I profess myself as a serious hardcore player. Yet this time, I have a strong feeling that it would become my last tier.

  2. sloppysam

    It is your blog and I will keep reading it no matter what you post. I came here to read about WoW stuff but my interest ebbs and flows with WoW. I am sure that you have other interesting stuff to share as well.

    So post lots of stuff. MMO, Gaming, Geek, whatever. I am sure it will all be interesting and fun to read.

  3. James

    Hi, I stumbled across your blog while writing a sort-of blog post at WoWWiki about how WoW is losing casuals and some ideas to try to make it more interesting and bring players back. I hope you don’t mind if I reference this post.

    My bog post in progress: http://www.wowwiki.com/User:Fandyllic/Some_ideas_to_get_back_subscribers_for_World_of_Warcraft

    Take a look.

  4. Undying

    I’m a casual who left WoW shortly after the last expansion… I kept following your blog and you made me discover Rift which I bought after I read your article and I liked it but didn’t feel like I had enough time to play it so I stopped few weeks later. I kept your blog in my feed as I like your post, even if I don’t play MMOs anymore. I feel the same way about Rift and WoW. My friend suggested that I try Eve Online… it’s different and free. I might do it after my vacations.

    Anyway, if you find other good game, I hope you will share it here, I’m also looking for something entertaining that I can play from time to time.

    This is your blog, you can talk about what ever you want. Talk about Movies/TV series you watched; Music; Gadgets you tried, general life experience, whatever…

    James: Good ideas.. I wish I could pay per hour I play. I think something around $0.50 per hour seems fair… I would probably go once in a while if I could do that.

  5. Milabrega

    Hey Miss!

    Been a reader for quite a while. I have done the same thing. I have 9 85’s. More than 500k in gold and just canceled my account ;-) I think Firelands did it to me. Forcing players to do dailies is not “fun”. I’m not in a raiding guild too so it probably didn’t help. Anyways. Been on Wow for 5 years… time to move on :-)

    Good luck!

  6. |]iabl()

    Let me second the opinion that “It’s your blog. You can write aboutwhatever you like.” If people don’t like the new approach, they can keep it moving. That’s the great thing about blogging. The returning readers are the ones who like what you have to say (well maybe a few trolls thrown in too).

    I myself have gone from unemployed and playing 14-16 hrs a day, to playing like you, logging in 3-4 times a week for an hour or two, with maybe a 4 hour play session on a day off. Real world interferes too much with my gaming habits, lol.

    Many of us are awaiting Diablo 3 as you can play way more casually than WoW and you can make some cash on the side with the new RMT AH. Can’t wait. Are you thinking of trying Diablo 3?

    I myself enjoy reading your psots about other games as well. It helps to break the monotony of always studying up on one game.

  7. Miss Mediocre

    vivianalive : It is sad that so many people have left the game, and since the appeal of WoW for me had always been playing with friends, the fact that everyone I played with in the past has moved on may have a big part in my azerothian retirement. If I was raiding I’m sure I would have stuck it out longer, though I def couldn’t handle high-pressure raiding hehe. It’s too bad that not only casuals like myself are calling it quits, but hardcore players like yourself are thinking about it too!

  8. Miss Mediocre

    sloppysam : Thanks! I was hoping some readers would feel this way! :)

  9. Miss Mediocre

    James : Hello! Your article is great and has some good ideas about how to get people to re-sub. What you said about Blizz’s misplaced focus on hardcore players makes a lot of sense too, from a casual player standpoint anyway.

  10. Miss Mediocre

    Undying : Thank you! I am hoping I can make posts about different non-gaming things interesting! Eve would be cool to try, and I was thinking about checking it out after my vacation too! :)

  11. Miss Mediocre

    Milabrega : Yeah I was not interested in farming out another set of dailies either, and had Firelands not been all endgame and dailies I probably would have stuck it out a little longer because I agree, doing dailies just isn’t fun anymore. It got old, and repetitive, sure they are new quests in a new zone, but it’s always the same idea.

  12. Miss Mediocre

    |Jiabl() : Hehe yea that is a good point, if people don’t like it they just won’t read it! I am interested in trying Diablo 3, the RMT AH sounds kind of awesome, lol. I haven’t played a Diablo game yet, but will definitely be checking this one out! :)

  13. Nicole

    I’d love to read some non-gaming posts from you. :)

  14. Miss Mediocre

    Nicole : Awesome, thanks! I’ll start posting some this week. :)

  15. Nicole

    Yay! I’m going through the same thing with WoW that you are, so I’m also feeling kind of like “here do I go from here” about it. XD Luckily my Dragon Age obsession is keeping me entertained (for now). Anyway, I look forward to your future posts! It’s nice to see that there are still some good, full blogs around (microblogs like Twitter/Tumblr are taking over XD).

  16. Miss Mediocre

    Nicole : I think there might be some dragon age in my near future as well, lol. I was crazy about the first one and have been wanting to give #2 a try! :)

  17. Rivs

    “A writer writes” ~ I think it was Snoop Dogg who said that.

    Either way keep on writing I love your stuff.

  18. DeMeNtEd

    a blog is an extension of ones life, a way to release the thoughts that are on your mind and as ppl’s lives change, which they always do, there is no reason for the blog not to follow. this is not a business website, or an information spot for any particlular niche, this is simply a way for u to express yourself. i admire how much u care about the people that post and read your blog, and value their opinion…but ultimately it is ur choice. regardless what u choose to write about, there will always be someone to read it as long as its accessible. if u popped out 10 kids and this gravitated to being a “mothers” blog…im sure u would get a different install base, but an install base nonetheless. those of us that contiune to support u and read ur blog do so not based upon what games u play, but because we have gotten to know u as a person (kinda) and just as much as u value our opinion and care about us we feel the same for u =D so no matter what direction u go, know that we will be there with u.

  19. Ian

    Hi there,

    Just ran across your blog for the first time as I have just reached the “enough is enough” in wow. Been in wow since vanilla so been a while. Levelled my first toon as warrior tank and went hardcore raider then burnt out on that (lol, 5 nights a week) and rolled some lvl 19 and lvl 29 twinks, loved doing that then they nerfed that and could not get a twink pvp game going on our servers.

    Rolled some new toons and took them to lvl 80 then 85 and did the whole Cata thing.

    What i find now is wow seems so “nerfed” and with random dungeons the contact with people is gone. Guilds are really only useful if u r a raider or want the “extra” features where once they were important not just for raids.

    I liked the “original cata” expansion it seemed hard again with the need for CC and team play so for a while the challenge was back but since cata came out the updates have been nothing but “nerfs” to make things easier and the quality of players seems getting lower. The toon changes again seemed designed to make everything “easy”, hunters start with pets, hunters get trap launcher, CC does not generate aggro etc

    So for me the challenges in wow all seem gone, the challenges that helped build teams and friends to complete quests all seem gone so I have let my subs cease too. Not sure what next, maybe back to Diablo if 3 ever comes out :)

  20. Miss Mediocre

    Rivs : Lol, thanks! :)

  21. Miss Mediocre

    DeMeNtEd : Thanks so much! I know I haven’t managed many of those non-gaming posts yet, but I hope you’re right if I ever manage to make it a regular thing!

  22. Miss Mediocre

    Ian : I totally agree and know that’s had a lot to do with why WoW isn’t the same for me anymore. It’s just too damn easy and yea, without those like epic challenges the game had before, you never get to bond with other players in the same way, and it makes it so bad players end up in the exact same place as the good players. I’d had high hopes for Cata too, but it just didn’t work out. I’m playing again now, but my hearts still not in it, lol.

  23. Damerack

    When my first guild broke up years ago, I just wandered around WOW for a while then joined up with another big guild, but it was never the same. I still have a few friends from the first guild, but it truly was all the characters that were there and sharing those great moments in game. I would have never stayed as long or went back to WOW without the few people that hung in there and this doesn’t only apply to the side you’re on, if your on a PVP server there are people that you love to hate and battle with.

    Unfortunately, WOW is no where near the game it once was, and for me BC was really where things ended for me. BG’s didn’t help either for world pvp. Then we saw tier armor that look more like a power ranger, easy mode quest finders, the whole system has started to pander to the 8 year old kid.
    “Mists of Pandara” it’s just laughable now.

    I’ve found that you can’t get too caught up in gaming though, there’s real life out there too.

    But if you’re looking for something refreshing I’d sugguest SWTOR. I’m not a hugh Star Wars fan, but I think there’s something in it for everyone. I’m going to give it a try.

    If I’m correct I think you like pets Mediocre. If you haven’t seen this video on companion characters, check it out. http://www.swtor.com/media/trailers/companion-characters

    I just joined up with Dark Legion (empire/east coast pvp server) The leader Machine has his own blog and is going by DigitalRob. Join if you like, they are looking for more members. Here’s his video and how to join. http://www.youtube.com/user/machinedirector#p/a/u/2/bS9sZQnIfP4

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