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It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy...let's go exploring!
That's what the calendar and guild notes are good for.
I'm still not convinced that even 10% of capable and willing WoW subscribers are bogged down by their obligations to raid.
I buy that most subscribers may not like elements of raiding like schedules and possible meani-heads but mostly I feel it's part of a shitty problem with players defeatist attitude.
It's like how most players who don't like PvP is because they are bad at it and feel helpless so they desist.
The problem is that there are *tons* of people who have a regular 9 to 5 schedule or something very close while those of us with a different schedule don't fall into the same group. The guy who works with mail might have to wake up before dawn but he gets off work really early and has extra time in the morning. The bartender might have extra time in the afternoon. The night shift guy at the factory would have extra time at some other time. All the people with non-standard schedules have different non-standard schedules while all the standard schedule people have roughly the same standard schedule.
I don't know if this is any easier on US servers where you might have English-speaking guilds on different time zones but in EU most countries have one time zone and all the international guilds raid on a schedule that works roughly right for 9-to-5 people in CET or close. I can't exactly join a Russian guild to raid earlier when I don't know a word of Russian.
As for anyone saying "raiding is just like any hobby, you have to schedule", well, that's simply not true. You can take a martial arts class and they won't mind at all if you don't show up every once in a while. Raiding guilds DO mind because the guild is making an investment in you every time it gives you a piece of raid gear that could have gone to a member that shows up more. PvP is much friendlier to non-standard schedules since gear is "personal" and you can keep yourself geared without making a scheduled run each week.
The problem with gear as a carrot is that you absolutely need it to perform in the raid which means while the gearing incentive keeps a certain part of the player population raiding it also keeps a certain population out of raids. You need to keep yourself geared up to get into raids and the only way to keep yourself geared up is raids. This is absolutely brutal for people with non-standard schedules. They've misdiagnosed the problem and gave us the garbage that is LFR which really is what made me quit (this flex mode sounds like it might help the problem, though, I'll have to give the new expansion a go).
Last edited by jaakkeli; 2013-11-07 at 06:06 AM.
"Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one who inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it." - Mark Twain
there's flex, LFR, pet battles, pvp, proving grounds, dailies and more and you have the nerves to ask for more casual content. oh please.
I'm now able to keep raiding properly, since I'm working from house, but in my previous job it was impossible to me to get in time for raiding, I even tried raiding from 2am-4am 3 days a week, but I was so tired at work, at that time I had to played casual.
Last edited by Trollhamaren; 2013-11-07 at 06:27 AM.
OBEY THE PUG!
But whatever. I vote with my wallet and if they serve me dailies as "content", they can forget it.
I was a casual in Vanilla and did organized raiding from TBC to mid Cata before quitting. If I were to come back to the game it would be as a casual. However, WoW has no interesting casual content at all. LFR is the most repulsive idea I've ever heard, it's down right insulting. As a casual I would want a vanilla style casual experience where I can have fun leveling, questing, exploring and doing 5 mans. Back then the game had depth, it offered a great casual experience while still offering a hardcore raiding experience (and everything in between). Today WoW is shallow beyond belief, just one small set of content that everyone is pushed through on Blizzard's patch schedule. Why can't they give me a World of Warcraft again?