I think what you are saying is a compromise........ and that is something else.
Motivation doesn't originate from our consious part of the mind, it just appears and we act on it.
Like "falling in love".. it happens to us, we can't control it. I think this goes here as wel.
If your are motivated by gearing your char to the max, then that is what drives you.
If changes to this game make it impossible for you to do that but you can't leave the game, then you will compromise.
One great example and I found it really really hilarious:
I am in a LFR group and we wipe for some stupid reason......
Player A: LFR = Looking for Retards
Player B: And still it managed to find you. Interesting theory.
Quite funny imo.
One could ask what player A is doing in LFR if he really thinks it is for retards.
He is not having fun... but I think he compromised with the system and is trying to get gear.
Compromising is not the same as changing what entertains you.
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Well I tried planting things on my farm, freshly dinged 90... still in quest greens.
Jezus Christ...... I really couldn't imagine 1 small rabbit costing me that much time.
I got better with hc gear and even easier with lfr gear.. but man!