Fan Mail

Today, let us respond to two startling questions, from two different readers.

These are, quite possibly, 2 out of 3 readers that I have.

druid writes:

Congrats. First, on resisting the urge to ninja the helm (although, dammit, you are a Paladin, and there’s a truly special level of hell reserved for Paladins that steal drops). And second, for finally getting it to drop.

My thanks. But what’s your question?

So. Big picture time, here. How long do you expect to continue playing WoW? Until it’s not “fun” anymore (I dare you to say that running Scholo 42 times is still “fun”)? Until the expansion? Until you have full Lawbringer? Until you’ve experienced all the content (Ony, AQ40, soon Nax and the expansion)?

It’s one of the issues that always gets to me with MMOs – there’s no end. Hence, my experience with them almost always ends up being sour, because I play them until I can’t stand playing them any more (otherwise, why quit)?

The answer to this question might terrify you. It certainly terrifies me.

I will be done with this game when:

  1. I have a character (most likely Allora) that has experience every piece of geo in the game, and beaten every monster. Progress: 90%.
  2. I have a character (horde and alliance) that has completed every quest in the game. Progress: 60% (alliance: 98%, horde: ~50%, there is a great deal of overlap at high levels)
  3. I have a level 60 character of each class. Progress: 15% (Paladin: 60, Priest: 43, Hunter: 33, Warrior: 33, Shaman: 24, Rogue: 29, Mage: 8, Warlock: 3, Druid: 0)

I really think that speaks for itself.

Dave writes:

I command you to write an interesting, not WoW tinted, blog of epic proportions. Reading about the Lizard’s Gizzard for the 400th time is uninteresting.

Hmmm. An interesting point. Let’s take a moment and discuss.

  1. See above converstaion for a rough idea of what your chances are of not seeing WoW-related posts on this site in the near-term.

So be it.

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6 thoughts on “Fan Mail”

  1. Ah.

    *Somebody* played the game before the fan community spent 18 months fixing the bugs and releasing unofficial patches 🙂

    Of course, I’ve only just gotten through the tutorial, so maybe it takes a turn south. But how can you not like playing as a Brujah who can:

    1) Wrap herself around her prey like a python
    2) Slow down time to slay her foes
    3) Treat rats as some kind of snack

    I’m doing Jury Duty today, and I’ve packed my laptop and Civ IV – hopefully that’ll turn out well…

  2. He didn’t like it.

    1) clunky and unpolished;
    2) story didn’t grab me;
    3) many bugs.

    I got about 2 hours into it and hung it up. I was so disappointed.

  3. So, Activision already made the game you want, 18 months ago.

    It’s called Vampire: Bloodlines.

    I just started it, and I really like it so far. And since Jason is a big V:TM fans, I’m surprised we haven’t heard about it from him yet.

    Unless…gasp…he didn’t like it?

  4. The subtext is clear.

    What drew’s really saying is “Jason, have a kid so we can see which one of us can train them up to be 60th level bankers the quickest!”

    I predict Drew’s child will find a banker’s hat of extreme power, and Jason’s kid will have artifact boots of some sort. Although it would be ironic if that were switched.

    For some reason none of the games, WoW nor Oblivion nor Halo nor … anything, has really captured my fancy recently. Not, really, since 3d games became the standard.

    Wait. That’s not true. Final Fantasy X was pretty darn addictive. Damn addictive. But nothing since then…

    Jason: Make me a new, addictive video game that I can play for hours, nay, months and months and months! You know exactly what gaming experience I want… make activision give it to me!

  5. It has indeed occurred to me.

    I have compartmentalized the content in my mind into pre- and post-expansion. Once they release the Burning Crusade, the upper limit on what is needed to beat the first game will be set.

    If I choose to beat the expansion as well, then so it will go, but at least I’ll know where the outer boundary lies.

  6. You frighten me. No, really. But, you know, if you are going to “beat” WoW, that’s the way to do it.

    However, has it occured to you that Blizzard *just might* be able to create new content faster than you can consume it?

    Now that I’ve been WoW-free for nearly 3 weeks, I continue to be astounded at the amount of emotional and mental energy I suddenly have free to devote to other things. I mean, I still mostly waste it on playing games, but I hadn’t realized just how much of myself I had invested in WoW.

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