A month or two ago Blizzard sent me the “Crap, you used to give us lots of money but haven’t in a while; please have a free week of WoW on us so that you’ll start having to pay for it again” email. I chose not to at the time. This past weekend I was frustrated and annoyed at having to cancel plans due to having a bad cold and being stuck at home. Couldn’t even lay down comfortably due to breathing issues.
Hmmm, I thought; sure, Blizz, let me have free entertainment on your dime for a few days.
They did add a couple new features to the game since I’ve been gone which are really cool and long overdue, but the bottom line is: Nope, not doing it. I worked late last evening and unwound by killing some monsters last night and the “This is pointless” vibe kicked in.
Basically there’s now three ways to play:
- I can solo boring easy content with my brain in screensaver mode
- I can do difficult heroics with random other players who won’t take the time to cooperate and who call you by racial or homophobic slurs if you ask them to slow down and be strategic, or if you happen to screw up on a difficult pull
- I can do difficult heroics with non-random other players whom I know and who won’t have the drawbacks of option 2
Option 1 does admittedly now include such things as Molten Core, which 3 years ago took 40 people to do at level 60, but now takes just one paladin or warlock at level 85. (I believe every other class has also soloed it, but I’ve only done pally and warlock myself). Yawn. It’s fun to do like once, maybe even once per class, to go “This is an interesting challenge ... nope, solved it.” But not much replay value.
Option 2’s flaws are obvious, especially since my closest friends and exes know I’m a really poor masochist.
Option 3 is good and all but ... if I’m going to try and schedule time with friends to play games, why not do it ... you know ... in person, where the game can pause at any moment for us to go off on a tangent. And where we can playtest games of our own devising. And where we don’t need to type or use headsets to talk.
Option 1 was fun for a weekend at home sick and kinda angry at the world. Option 3 would be great if I wanted a regular scheduled event with 4 (or 9, or 24) friends across the country/world whom I had no other means of still gaming with. But otherwise ...
Sorry, Blizz, it’s been a “fun” few days, but no money for you.