Lazy SaturdayJune 14, 2008
So if you couldn’t tell by my recent WoW diatribes, I’m pretty much burned out on the game, and when that happens all you have left is a bucket full of cynicism and complaints. And rather than force myself to play and let my frustration seep into this blog, I’ve gone ahead and canceled my WoW account. This most recent stretch of WoW gameplay dates all the way back to a full year ago, when I returned from LOTRO to enjoy leveling up a hunter from 1-60.
I’m a familiar friend to Old Man Burnout, that is for sure. I suppose the fault lies with me somewhat — I love the leveling game, I vastly enjoy 5-man dungeons and getting new skills, but when the game stops at a point after you hit 70 and demands that you grind in whatever fashion you like for new items or gold, then I get bored. Here’s a thought: why can’t there be special skills at the end game that you have to work just as hard to get as an epic flying mount? I had a blast working to get my druid’s epic flight form, and couldn’t help but wonder why there wasn’t more skills like that in the game.
I’ll greatly miss both of my guilds and the friends I’ve made therein. Some of them visit WAAAGH! — hey guys! Some might even come over to WAR. And who knows, the craving might set back in later this summer, but with the relative dearth of new content in the foreseeable future, there’s little temptation for me to return.
So, with the summer stretched out in front of me like a big yawning chasm, what to do? There’s Mass Effect, which I’ve been puttering through, although it hasn’t seized me like KOTOR or other Bioware titles. I think it’s the combat, which is more console-y and far less RPG-y than I’d like. I also resubscribed to City of Heroes (again), determined to level a Mastermind to 50, then explore the two new villain epic archtypes that just came out in the last book.
And who knows? Fingers always crossed for open beta in August. That’d be swell.