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22 October 2011 @ 11:10 am
Hmm...Yeah, Maybe Not  
You know....the more I think about it, the more that yesterday's announcement of the new WoW expansion is eating at me. It just...I dunno, it's just silly and not right, for me. In the end, i think it's far enough 'out there' that it's making me face the things about WoW that I already wasn't crazy about, and the combination is enough to make me think hard about it.

I spent 4 years in City of Heroes, and I loved it. It was fun and interesting, and having Team Awesome to play with made it twice as enjoyable. As the game expanded, though, it went in directions that felt wrong for what i wanted out of it, and in the end, I said good-bye to Paragon City. It's free-to-play now and i still can't bring myself to go back, there's just no interest anymore. Even if I got back into the social crew there, the game itself has lost that immersion that I enjoyed diving into.

That is what seems to be happening, here. World of Warcraft has always had some fundamental game systems that i did not like, but i overlooked them and got into the setting, the lore, the world that was there. The social crew was missing, and though I've had an inkling of it a couple of times, it was nothing like I had in CoH. As I've played it over the last 2+ years, I've felt the occasional boredom with it here and there, and that feeling of "less fun, more grind" is already creeping in. Still, I had things that made it fun, but all of that added into the sheer apparent silliness of the coming expansion is making me change my mind.

Not to mention that fact that I'm pretty tired of adding idiotic mouth-breather fucktards to my "ignore" list. The game does seem to cater to 15-year-olds, and as I'm pushing 40, I tire of that being my play-mates.

So, what to do? Well, Jessica and i have a pair of project characters that we are still enjoying, and I'd like to see us top them out, first, just to say we did. Once that is done, though, I might let it all go. Hell, I've missed out on a ton of games over the last several years, due to my time and money going to MMOs. I might just get a good XBox or Playstation and start a GameFly account. Lord knows, there's plenty I want to play. I prefer the precision of PC gaming, but it's an attractive idea. Besides, then we could stream Netflix to it. ;)

Just thinking out loud.
Manticoremantlcore on October 22nd, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
I think you should try City again, you lose nothing by traing it and you might find it pulls you back in. There have been some recent changes that, when they were made, I thought "Made, Archamge would have enjoyed this! Sadly I know there have also been ones I thought "Yeah, he would hate this" so it goes both ways but you'll never know which side is heavier till you try it!
freyisfreyis on October 22nd, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Just replace your WoW addiction with League of Legends :P

I've been back in Everquest 2 after a long hiatus, and something about it is scratching my mmo itch like no other one has in a long time.

If you go the console route, you've got a wonderfully huge backlog awaiting you of amazing games. If you were closer, I'd have a bunch to lend you.
Crowley St. Bastard: gonna get calibrateddaemonwise on October 24th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Heh, and I just deleted your gamertag from my friends-list, too. ;P

"Well, he doesn't even have a 360 now, so..."

If you do go console, I'd love to see you get a 360. Of course, a lot of people I love and trust sing the praises of a PS3 as well; I haven't the foggiest which would be better for what y'all want. I know that, if you wanna do Netflix from your console, you have to pay $10/mo for Xbox gold, in addition to the $8 for Netflix streaming (or whatever your membership cost is). I believe (don't quote me on this) that PSN has only one membership level, all benefits, always free.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on October 24th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure we're going the Xbox route. I was looking at them yesterday, pricing, etc. I wonder, if I use that old gamertag, if it'll be an oddness with the old account. Not sure how that'd work, with it using Erik's XBL account and all. If I have to make a new one, no biggie.
Crowley St. Bastarddaemonwise on October 24th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
You'll need to remember the email and password you used to create it, and choose recover gamertag rather than create new, but otherwise, no. No oddness. The particular box you created it on won't matter at all.

Edited at 2011-10-24 04:11 pm (UTC)
Super President Chestnut Mayor: Gobbybryce on October 24th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, CoH is even less immersive now, in many ways. In all of the new "Incarnates" endgame content, your character's alignment faction has no relevance at all. Combat instructions flash into your face at critical moments, warning you to get clear of impending special attacks. Sure, that'll save your life, but it bugs me every single time I see a bunch of text come up in front of the action.

But then there's the new tutorial, and new early content in Atlas Park. That stuff is well done, and gives me confidence that the game isn't really heading completely into farm country.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Flamestickarchmage on October 24th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
With some of the add-ons I used in WoW, I had stuff that would help warn you during big battles of impending situations, debuffs to dispel, incoming big attacks that you didn't want to face, etc. Those were damn near mandatory, and it was handy and useful but it made things seem more like a game. I don't mind that to a huge extent, but I know what you mean, especially if it's not been happening for the bulk of the game.

Good to hear the game hasn't lost you yet. Definite bonus.