I still like WoW. Love to raid. Like to quest. Like to battle pets. Like to tend my farm. Love to get achievements.
However, the game is not sucking me in these days. On any given afternoon, if I have a few hours to spare I find myself being able to pass on WoW playing. For the past seven years that was not the case. I used to be online every spare moment.
Right now, I have very few goals that realy turn me on. Everything is too grindy.
“But WoW has always been a grindy game” you will all say. You’re right. However, for a grind to be playable there has to be a goal – a carrot on a stick to make you log in and try to get a little closer each day.
WoW has become almost entirely a gear grind. Why do dailies? To unlock gear vendors. Why run LFR? To get gear upgrades. Why grind heroics? To get VP for gear.
This is good for the majority of WoW players, it would seem. It misses me entirely. You see, I don’t care about gear at all. That puts me in the minority, I know, but it is nonetheless true. Gear is not, nor has it ever been, a draw for me. I’ll get it when I get it. That’s why I don’t run LFR.
And since that is the case, I have no carrot to make me want to log in each day.
I was all about Operation:Shieldwall while that was going on. Grind or not, the story progression kept me coming back day after day.
I never missed a day on my farm. Te rewards for Exalted reputation had me hooked. Now I’m exalted.
While I was striving for a million gold, that kept me logging in every day. Now that I’ve reached that goal… the AH is not so appealing.
The Isle of Thunder dailies have not captured me. I don’t feel any inclination to go there and do dailies, other than the distant idea of getting to Exalted as a step toward the 60 Exalted reputations achievement. I think I’ve only done the dailies on that island four or five times – enough to get to Honored.
Even pet battles have lost their luster. I was all into that for about two weeks – trying to get a good assortment of pets to max level. Now that this is done, the idea of flying around two worlds to do repeatable pet dailies is not very appetizing.
I always log in for raid nights. Other than that, its hit and miss. Is it just me? Are you all locked in on the gear rewards?