Procrastination Amplification: Punditry on MMOs and games in general.

On the Sidelines

It feels really odd that a World of Warcraft expansion was just released and I’m not playing it. It’s not as if I really wanted to – because if I did I would just buy the damn thing – but this is the first time in six years that there is something major happening in the game and I’m not a part of it. Everyone and their little sisters are playing again, but I’m not. An odd feeling indeed.

There are various reasons for me not playing the game any more.  For one, I got bored with it and still am. For another, the one part that I really enjoyed about WoW – raiding – takes a lot of time, time I’m simply not willing to spend at the moment. Now some people might say that they don’t have time to play something like WoW, but time is not something some people have more of than others. I don’t have any less time than I had when I raided four nights a week, I’m just choosing to spend that time on different things. (Like earning money, for example. And sleeping.)

That’s not to say that I don’t miss the game. I miss the comradery of a tightly-knit guild and the ability to easily spend time with far away friends. I miss the sense of purpose that MMORPGs give to playing games and I miss spending time on theorycraft and community management that comes hand-in-hand with a (raid) leading position.

I almost feel like I need to play Cataclysm to keep up with this blog, but I’m afraid you’ll have to do without cataclysmic insights on my part. If there’s something huge going on, you might see me picking up on a story and writing about it, but until then you might be better off checking active WoW players like Klepsacovic, Spinks,  and Gordon. Me, I’ll still be here providing you with the usual random babble that you know me for. Enjoy your Cataclysm people, I really hope it’s brilliant!

  • I have exactly the same problem. I would really like to look into it a bit and stuff… but since i do not have time for serious gaming it would be without an aim/ purpose from the start so i did not get it so far. just using it as a time sink when you already have limited time is kinda stupid 😉

  • It’s nice to read something that isn’t directly connected to the latest virtual events. There’s only so much “yesterday I did this in Cataclysm” that I can read.
    P.S. Thanks. 🙂

  • I’m playing cataclysm on a casual basis and I have to say that it’s been a blast so far. But since I’ve only completed the quests in Mount Hyjal I can’t really give a full review atm.

    With exams at university coming closer and working parttime it’s getting harder and harder to find the time to play. Since I’m more of a quester than a raider it still works for me though, even if there are some weeks I can only play a few hours.

    @scrusi and belthil: you can always try the 7 free days for returning players ^^ join us again, we have cookies! :p
    Seriously now, I understand the reasons why not to play WoW 🙂