Stop advertising ideas of yours as facts.
Stop advertising ideas of yours as facts.
It's not just about quantity of time. It's about being crazy enough to skew your priorities in favor of a video game. Most 30+ year olds aren't that crazy.
- Hi, Honey! I know you've been stuck with the baby all day long and that you've just been waiting for me to get home so that you can catch a quick nap, but I'm raiding tonight. Sorry!
- Sorry, Kiddo! I'd love to give you a hand with your math homework, but I'm raiding tonight. Tell your teacher you'll have your assignment done a day late. Thanks!
- I didn't realize the school play was tonight! Unfortunately I'm raiding, so maybe you can record that play for me.
- Why do we have to visit your parents again? It seems like only three months ago that I had to endure the in-laws! I'm raiding tonight anyway. Go on without me. I'll see them next time.
- I know I have work in six hours, but we're really close to killing this boss. I can get by on four hours of sleep, I guess.
I raid for 4 hours on friday and I spend an hour a day doing things to better my performance on Fridays which includes an LFR a night.That's 10 hours a week.
A lot of people complained that due to dailies that they *had* to do that Blizzard gave them too much to do to be raid ready. Not everyone can sustain a 10 hour a week schedule, I have to fight tooth and nail for that 10 hours and I have to play balls to the walls to get as far as I do.
There are also people who are incapable of scheduling at all, they may have time but they never know when they can play and when they do play they don't want to hope for a pug group to form.
- There is no real reason to do 25 man raids.
- There is no sense of progression as you see the same cinematics as in LFR.
- People value gear over players.
- New player's generation want everything easily, find they are good when they abuse retarded mechanics and fail to recognize their fault when things go wrong.
That said, everyone has priorities outside of this game. Some can work around them (ex. raid on certain days, raid during certain hours) and some cannot/should not (ex. the examples you gave above). I don't think this has ever changed and raiding in general seems to be a much less time-consuming activity than it was previously.
I can say that from the number of guilds in my server . It used to be over 200 guilds clearing normal in time and now we're left with about 15 I think .
Seriously why is WoW going down so much ?
I come across a quiet river, that wonders through the trees.
I stare into its running waters and fall unto my knees.
In resignation to the forest, that's held me for so long.
I close my eyes and drift away into nature's evensong.
Organized raiding is just too demanding. At some point in your life it the flexibility allowed by LFR is just better than every other reward from Normal/Heroic.
- I really don't feel like raiding tonight. Oh without me the raid can't start? Damn.
- I have a last minute invitation from friends? Sorry, I'm raiding tonight.
- I don't know if and when I'm going on vacation this year because of my work. Guess what, progression team doesn't like that.
I personally find all the complaints against normal raiding to fall into two categories: If you have a very active social life outside of WoW* that may require you to miss out on raids, organized raiding may not be for you. If your raid team gets upset that you have a social life outside of WoW and that you may miss a few days here and there because of that*, your current team may not be for you. (replace * with whatever)
I don't think anyone is against the convenience of LFR - people seem more up in arms about how LFR's (lack of) difficulty cheapens raiding and content. You can classify that as normal/heroic raiders getting "butthurt", but I would argue that the real argument is that LFR seems to be having an adverse-effect on the PvE community. This is why I'm a huge fan of flex raiding - it's a raid designed to satisfy both parties. LFR can satisfy the players who would never raid to begin with and simply enjoy seeing content...easy or not. Flex raiding satisfies players who want to see more challenging content but cannot due to time restrictions (or whatever other reason). Flex raiding also addresses normal/heroic raiders who complain that LFR encourages poor raiding habits and therefore dilutes the pool of potential recruits and competition (we all enjoy a little competition, right?).
I think what has damaged some guilds is the tuning of new raids. Back in previous expansions raiding was easier, allowing casuals to raid, now progression is harder and a lot of casual raiding guilds have been hit hard. I'm not saying the raids in mists are too hard, but coupled with a system where you faceroll lfr the standard for casuals is lower and they have a big shock when they try to do normal raids