Well I would say the new xpac honeymoon is over but we will see the 7th.
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Last edited by But I Hate You All; 2013-02-03 at 06:00 AM. Reason: spelling
Raiding was more challenging back then because there has never been a game with boss mechanics like those before, ever, period. If there were there was not a 25 or 10 man coordinated effort required to beat them. Beyond even that VOIP programs were the only way to successfully explain new boss mechanics. It was truly the novelty of having something new and exciting put in front of us that had a truly level playing field that made The Burning Crusade the best expansion. Surely the game has evolved but I would describe the updates as more Evolutionary and not Revolutionary. WoltK was probably close as it provided more content and mostly balanced pvp, but they shifted scope when GC took over and the game has been seeing no revolutionary changed. In many ways I view Cataclysm and MoP as a giant leap backwards in terms of innovation.
Having said all this, WoW will lose its player base as players grow weary of seeing the same old dog and pony show Blizzard continuously puts in front of them. i think you will see that the average player can only play WoW now for a few years tops before the fatigue sets in. I played since middle/end of Vanilla, raided and pvp'd hardcore through out TBC and Wrath, took a 6 month break in Cata after my laptop died and arena partners quit, then came back towards the end and played MoP for about 2 months before I just realized that I hadn't been happy since Wrath. It was my teammates from arena that kept me involved and they slowly converted to other games like LoL. Private servers could work, if you reset them and set up arms races with guilds. You see season based games being very successful on the web right now,from league of legends to browser based games like Travian. If you make a private server along those lines and make it competitive I would imagine they would be very successful. Just my 2 cents.
Mark my words that unless they figure out a way to get back into the REVOLUTIONARY game design you will see WoW's numbers drop slowly, but steadily. I read MMO champ periodically to see patch notes, but I am disgusted by what I see, particularly when it comes to PvP. Others I am sure are as well. I really want to come back, hit all my WoW homies on my skype list and organize a reunion, but sadly there is no reason to play a game over and over and over. You can dress up a tired old whore in nice clothes, give her all the plastic surgery required to take 15-20 years off her face/body, but at the end of the day she is still the tired old whore that will become less and less desirable once the novelties of her window dressings wear off. Then she starves and dies. WoW is a tired old whore... let her rest.
You don't like it? Fine, don't pay, don't play. I'm not going to feel sorry for you. In fact, I'm not going to feel anything for you. I don't care what you like or don't like. But anyone that's truly fed up enough to not play is merely wasting their time reading - much less POSTING - on a fan site dedicated to the very thing they have chosen is no longer for them. If you're here, it's for 1 of 3 reasons, you either like the game, you don't like the game and want to troll those that do, or you say you hate the game and you've gotten yourself convinced that you do, but you can't stop yourself from thinking about it which means you're addicted and need help. So let me help you if you're in that camp - get out, go outside, go find something you do like.
quo erad demonstratum. For every SLIGHT and MILD criticism you may have against the game a legion of people will come and tell you why you are wrong. The question is why they protest so much at every little negative thing you can bring up? If they were so confident about how amazing the game was then it really shouldn't matter if negative aspects are brought to light. Me thinks the ladies doth protest to much...
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I have noticed the same things but none the less that has really nothing to do with the sub numbers
I'm always amused by the amount of people that, for one reason or another, have stopped playing wow and then come to threads like this and make statements of how many subs wow is going to lose etc.
If you don't like playing the game and have quit, why do you care how many subs it has?
If you don't like playing the game but haven't quit, there are bigger concerns than how many subs wow will lose or gain.
Prediction? That's easy! I predict that there is absolutely no number or data that could be released that won't generate a thread complaining about the data. Depending on the particular trend, we can also guess who will probably post that thread.
Quitting because of movie
Most of it is people wanting MoP or casuals or key futures removed. Overall complaining
Guy lying and trying to try up negativity.
Pointless thread about a guy's opinion.
Guy trying to stir people up and trolling.
There are also a bunch of locked short threads of people trying to troll but quickly shut down. And this was only from last week.
Back than I had alot of free time nowadays I don't and I'm greatful for LFR even if its filled horrible players I can still access raid content something that love an would love to go back & compete on a high level again. But time is something I don't have anymore. I'm one of many people who got to raid MC / BWL / OL / Naxx 40 on a 3-4 week schedule and I'm proud of my accomplishments same in TBC. But myself & many other people found it only hard as it something brand new to us and we were learning and wanted to be the best 8 years later. I'm many people are seasoned veterans at raiding with everything we have it takes less time to learn than it was back than. Learning curve is much easier the raids are still as hard & wont get any more difficult, Guild will done content no matter how much Blizzard throws at them. WoW doesn't need anything innovative its 8 years old that what Titan is for.
But like I said I like your post and understand completely where your coming from, We just seen Back in the day raiding differently I guess.