Down But Not Out

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Urgh...

This is probably one of the hardest posts I've ever written. Not that I'm like all pro about posting that I do it every day or that I did it even semi-regularly. No. Posts, for me, came and went but this one was particularly hard to start.

I've been dreading this day for months now, when I'd finally put all of this in words but now the time has come and so, out with it.

For two years, I adored WAR. I loved it and was proud to play it. I spent hours on it, ditched school, set my desk on fire, let the dishes pile up in the sink. I was a healer and a damn good one at that. It was a title I wore like a medal. No other game could steal me away from it for long and I even had vivid dreams about it. I talked about it, read about it, blogged about it, wrote about it. I loved WAR.

Just... not anymore. I remember a post I wrote once on how people rr80 could still find things to entertain themselves while they waited for the post 80 patch: chase down tome unlocks, roll an alt and... I did all that. And I'm not even rr75 yet. I milked that cow dry and now I'm left holding the saggy tits of the dead thing.

I don't even know why I bothered resubscribing this month. I played it for like 15 minutes and all it did was piss me off. If people keep screaming that they need new content, that something that's not really an expansion doesn't cut it, you should listen. It's like going shopping for a woman having no idea what they like. You have to know the audience you're trying to please. That starts by listening. I think they failed to listen.

Losing interest in WAR was, for me, like losing a dear friend. I spent countless hours having fun with it, I laughed, I debated, I learnt, I taught. But now it's giving me the cold shoulder and I could care more. I could. But I don't and that's what hurts the most. That the game has become something I just don't care about.

I'm hoping that, given enough time, I'll come back to it, pretending to see with fresh eyes that which I'm now so pro at. Meanwhile, I'm going to go give Rift a try. Not that I'm overly impressed with it but I miss playing stuff with other people. At least undil Dragon Age 2 comes knocking.

If anyone finds this, I hope you continue having a great time with WAR, that it fills your life with as much joy and entertainment as it did mine, once.

5 comments:

  1. Aw man, that was heartfelt. Yours was my favourite blog you know. Come back after summer ;) take care!

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  2. Yes, it was heartfelt. I'm really sorry that it came to this, but who knows? Maybe something magical will happen and WAR will see me back, yelling for noobs to stay in LOS.

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  3. I know exactly how you feel. I keep forcing myself to log in and play, eventhough I get more frustration out of it than fun. WAR has been and gone. Now it's just an old moldy game that I feel is going to dissolve slowly. I loved it just as much (or more) as anyone and it is hard to say goodbye, even for an indefinite amount of time, that's why I'm trying to stick with the game for as long as I can.

    I agree with you fully on the developer comment, they aren't listening to the players and have no clue what's going on in their own game. What a shame.

    I enjoyed reading your WAR posts and am hoping you can either find another game to play or return to WAR if it gets back into shape. :)

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  4. I think a lot of us are in the same boat. I don't know if that's necessarily unexpected though. Expecting two years of commitment out of a player is a long time, and I think any game is overjoyed to have been able to hold on to a player for that long. Particularly enthusiastic ones like yourself who participated in the meta-community of the game.

    Enjoy Rift until you find something better. I suggest LoL for the fast PvP fix! I know I'll be dabbling in EVE and some other MMO each month until something more substantial grabs me by the throat.

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  5. Thanks, shadow. This means a lot coming from you.

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