How one YouTuber navigates World of Warcraft burnout

Feeling a little singed and toasty after playing World of Warcraft so long? When you log into Legion these days, is it a case of been-there-looted-that? Welcome to the realm of burnout, population you.

Fortunately, you’re not alone. It happens to us all, which is why prominent World of Warcraft YouTuber BellularGaming cobbled together several suggestions to help you get through this period without destroying your interest in the game. His tips are pretty much divided between alternative activities to get you out of your current rut and several other games that could serve as “palate cleansers” while you take a brief break from the MMO.

Check it out after the jump and let us know your tips in the comments!

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Valen Sinclair
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I don’t know how people do it. I subscribe for an expansion, level cap my character (skip all dungeons), do some LFRs, then unsubscribe. Been doing it for years. I watch some streamers who have been streaming it every day, 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 5 years. I would literally lose it.

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Danny Smith

If you have to conjure coping strategies that says as much about you maybe being over attached as it does about the state of a game. One day i found myself mid LFR having no fun and logged out. I never logged in again. I played for 8 years. There. Bandaid ripped off lets find something to play i enjoy. Thats it.
If you are not enjoying a videogame there is no reason to play it. Friends forcing you are making their friendship a hostage scenario and are probably not your friends but what modern softboys call “mutuals” who want you to fill a role in a raid team more than be a friend. Games doing it are bad games you have a habit forming addiction to in some fashion wether you are conscious of it or not.
Bored of WoW? take my one step plan to success: play literally anything else then. I hear videogames are quite popular nowadays and theres a substantial number of options to enjoy.

In this day and age there is no rational or logical reason to force yourself to sit and play a game after burnout. If you are having a bad time you are wasting time. Thats it.

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You said one thing that is an absolute core statement for me: “If you are not enjoying a videogame there is no reason to play it”. This is entertainment. When it starts feeling like a chore, stop doing it.

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Sorenthaz

Honestly with WoW it’s always difficult to avoid burning out within 1-2 months. When I dip back in I usually love it, I love returning to a game that I used to be crazy about and invested so much time into reading the lore/etc., buuuuut gameplay-wise it just always feels the same now. Blizzard can try and dress/style it differently to where it -seems- different, but at the end of the day you’re still doing dailies, you’re still regularly running dungeons/raids for marginal gear upgrades, and the Artifact system is interesting and feels good, but at the same time loses its sense of fulfillment/meaningfulness when it falls into the Singleplayer Storytelling Syndrome, something I wish MMOs would stop doing.

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Bannex

The cure for me is Path of Fire. I love WoW but I’m over legion at this point. It was a great expac, def one of the better ones but I just can’t bring myself to do another world quest right now and I’m not a raider.

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Doubleplusgood

All of legion was my cure

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Ashfyn Ninegold

My cure for over-played MMOs? Single player games. I have several that I go to. Strategy games like Civilization, Endless Legends and the Total War series (Warhammer, at the moment). Then there’s Gems of War, which is a CCG match 3 game, with guilds and pseudo PvP and single player quests, any of the other CCG games that have come out, like Hex or Elder Scolls Legends or Smite Tactics, various solitaire games and Clutter by Joe. These all require sufficient different brain cells from MMOs that it is refreshing to play them after a long stint at an MMO.

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Doubleplusgood

Mine are Heroes of Might and Magic, III being my favorite, and Age of Wonders. Civilization III too!

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Coolit

People are allowed to play other games made by different companies you know; it’s not illegal, lol

I don’t see the point in playing games when it’s obvious you need a break but keep playing out of habit, just find another game for as long as it takes to get the urge to play again. There are several really good alternatives to WoW these days, it’s not like it was 10 years ago.

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OneEyeRed

Been a long time MOP since I been around these parts (OneEyeRed here). Been tossing the idea around to start playing a MMO again after several years hiatus. I often thought of just going into WOW and starting from beginning and taking a character on the full journey but I still hesitate.

I also keep thinking that I should jump back into ESO and actually do the same on a character and go beyond the lvl 15-20 I have been sitting at. Any suggestions folks or are MMO’s still as useless and dead as I think they have become?

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Bannex

Honestly I’d highly recommend not starting over in WoW. The leveling experience especially 1-100 is pure shit. There is no way I’d recommend anybody start over or start the game in its current state.

ESO is frankly boring. It’s a barbie mmo with alpha quality spell effects. The best parts of the game like thieving is really a beta system that has been abandoned and the rest of it is utterly unremarkable.

The only mmo I’d recommend that’s had new life breathed in it is guild wars 2. I hated HoT and had written the franchise off but in reality this new expansion has really improved almost every facet of the game and made exploring fun.

You could try ffxiv but that’s not a game for me. My fingers get tired smashing 3 buttons over and over again for 57 min while I’m trying to kill a level 4 bee.

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OneEyeRed

The problem is that I been doing this since their inception which is why I quit playing MMO’s (health issues also prevented me for some time). However, I was a huge GW fan but GW2 just didn’t do it for me no matter how many times I go back to it. LOTRO was always a go back to favorite but not anymore. RIFT, meh, STO forget it, FF ugh no,SW didn’t like it, yadda, yadda, yadda,….

ESO just blaghh for me; tried to go back yesterday and I don’t know what it is but I just can’t get in to that game. Sure its pretty but something is missing for me. Not to mention if anyone does dabble in it I highly suggest killing global chat; as bad as vanilla WOW barrens chat…

So I play some guitar, fire up Everspace, lurk on forums trying to find a fix for my MMO itch. All things aside about WOW, I still don’t think anyone has done a better job. The fighting, the world, loved DAOC and it was my main game after UO and EQ for 7-8 years until MJ blew it off to EA. EQ 1-2 forget it won’t touch Daybreak.

Often think of getting my pew-pew back on since I never finished any character on SWTOR then I start reading comments and run…. Sigh, could be worse I’m not starving, I have a warm bed and a wonderful home in the country on 5 acres. Plenty of things “not” to complain about. However, I still miss MMO’s…..

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OneEyeRed

Bahh forget it. Making UI’s, macro’s out the wazoo, no desire at all for any of it….

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Hirku

Glade we could help you out, heh.

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borghive

The fact this video exists kind of says something about the current state of the game.

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Bruno Brito

Well, people get burnt out of anything they do too much.

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RJB

Not really because you can say that about any game that’s lasted 16 years

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Pandalulz

The fact that I’ve been playing it off and on for 14 years also probably has a lot to do with it.

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BalsBigBrother

Not aimed at WoW specifically as I don’t play it but something that has always helped me is to just step away even if it is just for a week. Taking that break just seems to reinvigorate my interest if I find myself flagging.

It is one of the reasons that I play games not just mmos the way I do. I rotate some in and out on what can be a weekly basis while always trying to add something new to the mix. Fortunately there are a lot of games that I am interested in and have access to at the moment so that I can make this work for me.

It really is a good time to be a gamer despite all the grumbling folks seem to do.

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Thomas Zervogiannis

+1’d for that last sentence. Been playing video games since 1984 with a break between 1999-2010 (a huge mistake :P). Just the fact that there is such a huge selection, and games (and MMO’s especially) are technically so advanced and so complex that they can hold someone’s interest for hundreds or thousands of hours before burning out shows how far games have come.

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Carebear

The only suggestion is: stop playing.. play something else!

But we all have that friend who only play wow and nothing else, no matter how we tried to invite him in other MMOs…

There is really no tips for that guy..

Valen Sinclair
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Valen Sinclair

Wow actually destroyed a lot of friendships I saw. People would be like “Tired of this game, let’s go play xxxxxxx.” and the other group would be like “Nope, WOW is our crack god.” People would slowly trickle away for whatever reason, and the WOW addicts would only use WOW as a means to socialize and communicate. IMO, it’s really messed up a generation of people who can’t seem to let it go.

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Jack Kerras

Palate cleansers.

Palette cleanser is paint thinner. :)

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David Goodman

Some people need more help than others :D

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RJB

Honestly, the only real reason i play WoW is to make gold to fill my bnet wallet with for future games i can always just watch YT videos for the story n cutscenes. Even then tho it’s not that easy to make that kind of gold consistently to get a return especially if you don’t have the economy set up already

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RJB

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ceder

There’s burnout and then there is vaporized into oblivion….

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