In a word: yes. Enthusiasm has dipped in the last few years. Most people who are interested in mmos have tried WoW and outside of a few new minigames and time sinks the gameplay itself really hasn't evolved in 8 years. This isn't bad though since inspite of that it's by far the most popular mmo out there still.
Proudmoore is always full. From server up to server down, I haven't logged in in years where the status has read anything but full...
Yeah wow is dead, not sure what killed it this time, I'll go with dailies.
I play same account and char and main since 2005, and I too quit during most of TBC, pretty boring expac with aliens and stuff, but that's just one opinion, just like yours only counts for one.
Also, @Jaylock, TBC was simply the expansion of shiny gear. We went from the drab gear that was Vanilla to all the sparkles in TBC. We now just get a mixture of drab, sparkly and actually good looking stuff.
For you? Maybe. On a whole? Maybe. For me? No. That's all that matters to me. I'm having trouble with relaxing and playing atm, but my interest in the game is the same.
This game will always have plenty of enthusiastic fans, so I'm not worried.
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WoW without flying is like having a pizza you know that you enjoy but then have someone treating you like a moron and telling you that "No, you won't enjoy THESE particular toppings for reasons WE made up". And some people are dumb enough to accept being told what to like.
The population always spikes during an expansion release and evens out, so server status really isn't an indicator of anything. Enthusiasm isn't dwindling people just stop playing and to justify their previous investment must look for a way to insult the game they stopped playing. Instead of you know being an adult about it and simply stop playing.
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[/QUOTE]It takes some serious balls from a Vanilla raider to call TBC raiding boring.[/QUOTE]
Again, that isn't my opinion. I loved TBC raids (aside from Hyjal Summit), but many players quitted because they hated them. We had real problems at the end of BT patch, half of our guild was forever gone.
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I would love to feel the anticipation I felt when the Sunwell patch came out. Even half of my anticipation for the Ulduar patch.Every patch before Icecrown was so much excitement. I still get excited over expansions but the last time I was wanting to dive into a patch was the ICC one
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Of course most people left the game. It has 8 years now and the first players should be 24-30, they now have a great job, girlfriend/wife and maybe kids. There isn't much time left to play so they decide to leave.
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My enthusiasm has dwindled a little, but I still love it. Pandaria is my favorite continent in the game.
The content for wow used to be developed out of the passion that the dev's had for the game and their additions / expansions to the game reflected that. Now time's have changed, there is a status quo to meet and so the development has become formulaic. The dev's are simply going through the motions , plotting out changes or additions to the game based on statistics , graphs, and public outcry instead of what would genuinely make a better gaming experience. Hence why this game is 90% dailies and waiting in a que for loot to be handed to you.
For me, that is a shallow gaming experience that I wont bother wasting time on.
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I have been playing since the game started. I played hardcore for vanilla and BC. My first "quit" came near the end of BC then I rejoined for wotlk and quit again in 6 months. Came back for Cata quit in about 4 months. Came back for Panda and feel the urge to quit again. It is generally a very very boring game and this is understandable after being great for so long. Habit and online pals keeps most people playing not the content.
Ni No Kuni is coming out soon and Path of Exile so I just don't see wanting to play WoW at all after those come out.