WoW is as bad as drugs.
I would know. I played WoW for nearly 1.5 years. At first, I was simply amazed by the game. I started out as a Night Elf in the small Night Elf start area. It took me hours to figure out how to even get to the main city, how to quest and that there were two more entire continents yet unexplored. The stunning visuals, the wonderful (and nostalgic *sniff*) music, the ambiance...WoW is truly a masterpiece of a game. It is also the most addicting experience I have yet to encounter.
I started WoW because a friend recommended it to me. He quit the game shortly after I started, deleted his char, sold the discs and all, so I lost contact with him (Internet friend). I recently found out, a few days after I quit, that he's still going strong but still hasn't managed to get into an end-game guild. Since I started the game I had managed these, now worthless, achievements (to non-wow players, these will mean nothing):
- Two Level 60 (level cap before the expansion) Hunters (Night Elf and Troll)
- Both characters with near full epics, Night Elf was rank 13 on the PvP charts, Troll was rank 11.
- Both characters in an end-game (AQ 40) raid guild. I quit the NE and started the troll so I didn't play these two at the same time.
- Both characters with Hunter Epic Bow quest completed
- Status on both servers as one of the best hunters, if not the best.
- Sort of befriended Nurfed, arguably the best guild in the game, on my troll hunter (pvp'd with them a lot).
And what does all this mean now? Zero. Zilch. Nothing. Wasted time in front of my computer. During my WoW binge, my grades fell, my inspiration fell, my enjoyment of other various activities decreased as well. My friends would tell me to come over or ask if I wanted to hang out and I would just blow them off.
The point of this whole rant is to keep people away from the game and to tell others who are playing it this: stop while you still can.
There have been many stories in the news lately about gamers dying due to long binges on MMORPGs like WoW. A post on the official WoW forums a few months ago mentioned how WoW creates the same kind of addiction as a gamblers addiction: people go on extremely boring and repetitive "raids" (expeditions into dungeons to kill monsters for the loot they drop) to get items. They say "if I put in 2 hours with this group, I have a very small chance that the item I want will drop and another small chance that I will win the "roll" (like rolling a 100 sided di to decide who gets the loot, unless DKP is involved) and thus win the item. These "dungeons" are extremely boring and take a long time (MC for a beginning guild takes 3 evenings to get through and for the absolute fastest people (Nurfed) it takes 2 hours) to complete. Places like Blackwing Lair, Molten Core and the newest (though not for long) Ahn'Qiraj.
Some people enjoy the senseless monotony, though I have no idea how. I used my items to PvP and became, as I said, one of the best players on the servers I had characters on. DKP is a fickle system. If you don't commit time to the game, you get kicked out of your Guildor you get loot locked. Being loot locked means that regardless of how much DKP you have you cannot loot items unless no one else needs them. DKP means that if you don't put in the time, it's going to be weeks or months before you see that coveted item and you may never get the rarer ones. It ends up with all the hard core gamers getting the items, sometimes burning out on WoW after that (Nurfed is a perfect example of hard core gamers who don't burn out) and quit. Great, there goes all those items. Such is the way of WoW. When people quit, issues with their guild, once important and sometimes even worth skipping work/school for, cease to matter. Besides raiding, the PvP Honor system was designed so well to draw people in it is a large reason why Blizzard has so many subscribers coming back for more. I'm not going to go into that here.
Now that I have quit WoW, I have gotten a job, resumed thinking (I kind of stopped thinking intellectually when I was playing it much, WoW was all I thought about) and continue to do photography with renewed vigour. As I said before, the purpose of this article is to let people see how addicting WoW is and what a waste of time it eventually ends up being.
~ Comments? Experiences?