A recent comment on the quote about WoW becoming a job: "I don't get it; exactly none of that stuff is compulsory.
I don't think the fun/job distinction is enforced by the game mechanics. I'm certainly still having fun :>
I have enjoyed your blog but it's getting a little depressing recently!"
I have to agree with the last sentence. My posts have been a little depressing. Maybe even a lot. :)
The actual quote wasn't made by me, but someone else a few years ago. The mention of attunements was probably a clue.
I've blogged about that quote before and when I get bored with WoW and start to think about how much time I've played, I come back to it.
Look at the things he mentioned years ago, some still true: how to farm for more gold, which gears to get next, showing up on time for raid plans, helping other people get keys, finishing quests, farming PvP for higher rank, selling items on auction house, etc.
Perhaps we don't have to worry about attunements or PvP ranks, but everything else is the same.
I can exist on the gold I make without even trying, however to get 100 mounts, I need to visit Greedy Goblin's blog and spend a lot of time learning how to not spend a lot of time earning gold.
I can not worry about what gear I need to obtain to raid, and when something drops and I pass on something I shouldn't pass on, end up having to spend more hours raiding to get it.
Helping others get keys is the outdated part of the quote. No more attunements, halfway decent gear is your key into raids now.
Finishing quests is pretty much the only part of this I don't mind. Having reached Loremaster however has no removed my desire to complete quests just for the heck of it.
You don't PvP for old ranks, but you still can PvP for Gladiator ranks. (Although now, if anyone else is like me, I don't know a Merciless Gladiator from a Barbarous one. Unlike how I knew a Grunt from a High Warlord.)
And selling stuff on the auction house is an easier and quicker way to make money. But if you don't have fun doing so it can almost be as bad as grinding mobs.
Now someone else, who is having fun playing WoW. Could take every one of these points and list how they enjoy them. Heck, I'm sure I've done it myself in this very blog at some point in the past few years!
So yes, my blog is depressing because of my outlook of WoW. I need to take a break. And after I'm done with the Fire Festivities I'm going to take one.
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