The past week, I feel as if I have been playing WoW much less than usual. Could the lack of new content be finally getting to me? Could it be because of the recent OUTRAGE!!! over Rob Pardo’s comments about women in games? Am I simply growing out of the game?
Well, the answer to these is no. I’ve been playing less WoW because I’ve been playing other games for once! I recently purchased a PS Vita, and so I’ve been playing the HD version Final Fantasy X (one of my favourite games ever), and Persona 4 Golden (which is an absolutely AMAZING game, but then I’ve always been a fan of Atlus’s MegaTen games, and I can’t wait for the SMT/Fire Emblem crossover, or Persona 5).
It’s not just new games that I’ve been playing either. Possibly spurred on from my new favourite alt being my rogue, I’ve been playing Skyrim as a sneaky Dark Elf lady called Frisky McBiscuit. She steals anything that’s not nailed down, and some things that are. She’s all about the bows and the daggers and the pickpocketing. Even though her pickpocket skill is a measly 20. Still, every great thief comes from humble beginnings.
In terms of World of Warcraft itself, I have been playing as the aforementioned rogue a lot, alongside my usual warlocky shenanigans. Still no Garrosh normal kill, but each pug I’ve been in seems to do better than the last. Each pug seems to always fall at the same part though; Empowered Whirling Corruption. The adds! Overwhelm!
Recently, my characters have had no luck from Ordos or the Celestials, and Vanlew & Lunchi are farming Illidan every week for the Cursed Vision of Sargeras item. Blindfold woo.
One of the topics for the NBI’s Talkback event was “why don’t we finish our games any more?” While I daren’t speak for anyone else, for me it’s because of Warcraft. I played Borderlands briefly a while back. It was fun, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoy WoW, so it fell by the wayside and I traded it in. Ditto for Borderlands 2, Dark Souls, Far Cry 3, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, Final Fantasy 13, and many, many more that I’m not remembering right now.
World of Warcraft has inadvertently become the bar by which I measure my games. Is it as fun as WoW? Well then I’ll keep playing it. If not, then I abandon it for games I DO find more fun. Games like World of Warcraft (obviously), Pokemon, Persona, Final Fantasy X, Skyrim, Civilization V, Disgaea. What is it about these games that keeps me going back? I don’t know; each one has different strengths, different weaknesses. I play Warcraft primarily for the social aspect of it. Disgaea and Pokemon, it’s for the grindiness, and knowledge that at the end of the grinding, I’ll have a team of unstoppable powerhouses. Persona is the new hotness in my life at the moment, and it’s insanely good. Skyrim is one of those games you can play pretty much ANY way you want, and it’s always fun to try something new.
So yes. Why don’t I finish games?
Because they’re not as good as World of Warcraft to me.