Global Chat: The ‘We Don’t Play World of Warcraft’ Club

    
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What do you do when you don’t play World of Warcraft but everyone else all around you does and won’t stop talking about it because there’s a new expansion coming out? You try to find like-minded souls and start up a club, that’s what!

“If you do not play WoW or at least have some sort of history with it, you can find yourself in some kind of quasi MMO community minority group. It’s an ‘odd’ phenomenon,” said Contains Moderate Peril.

“I really don’t even know what the story other than Alliance vs. Horde,” admitted I’m Not Squishy. “Sometimes it can feel like I’m there’s a big gap in my gaming vocabulary.”

Believe it or not, this whole column isn’t just about World of Warcraft today, so dive in to read some gamer essays on Wizard101, Dark Age of Camelot, Elder Scrolls Online, and more!

Inventory Full: Something changed in Wizard101

“Updating the graphics for an aging MMORPG is a risky undertaking. Sometimes the changes can be almost too subtle to see, as in Guild Wars’ recent refurbishment. Sometimes they can be eye-popping, as in EverQuest’s infamous Freeport rebuild. Mostly they don’t make an awful lot of difference, failing to convince potential new players that anything much has changed while mildly irritating veterans, who grumble a little but then carry on as though nothing had happened.”

Barely Readable Diary: Always the pride of our nation’s eyes

“Here’s the thing. I’m not a roleplayer, I don’t play on a roleplay server, and my guild is Totally Not an RP Guild. But I do have little bits of headcannon for most of my characters, especially my Druid.”

ECTmmo.com: Summer festivities

“Back to Rift, the lockboxes filled with all the cool stuff are not hanging about this year. Thanks, Trion! I was able to pick up some really neat items such as bunny ears, a hula outfit and that amazing chariot carried by a winged angelic creature. Finally head cosmetics that don’t make you look bald, epic stuff there! Lots of great items to collect this year with both events. I’m having a blast. Rift is one of my all time favorite games, and one I can boast of actually being in beta with, so I go over the moon when we get new stuff on LIVE SERVERS. ”

Retro MMO Gamer: State of the game with DAoC

“I have mixed feelings about this, on the one hand I am all for more players experiencing the thrills of DAoC and about the possibility of having more people try out the game. On the other hand, I worry about the overall population being impacted on the main Ywain server.”

I’m Not Squishy: Tower down

“After running this mission another 4 times with no progress being made I was getting a bit frustrated. Back to the internet. I found another recent thread where the solution was to not even talk to Tonn to start the mission and instead go around and kill everything on the map and then start the mission. It was this last attempt that worked for me.”

GamingSF: Buff food benefits

“Eating some of the purple quality food that I’d received I was slightly taken-aback at just how much my character’s health, mana, and stamina bars increased in width. The item really seemed to almost double their size! Regardless of the actual increase, ESO does tend to show key combat stats in relative (% of total) terms not in real numbers, the effect was very noticeable. My Dragonknight was suddenly shaking off damage from fighting multiple creatures a lot easier than normal.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.
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Dušan Frolkovič

I played WoW twice, once at the end of BC, did not even reach the max cap (IRL reasons though, not the games fault). Second time was 2 months after Legion launched. Leveled to cap, did a little bit of endgame farming and wandered off again. Just nothing to stick around.

I will give it one thing, from the hotkey based bunch (WoW, Lotro, SWTOR, FFXIV) this was the only one i was able to play for a longer time. The others just put me to sleep (personal problem though)

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Joey

I’ve been a player since 2004 and Legion was the first expansion I barely played. BFA will be the same. I hate what they did to the game, it is not an MMO anymore. I’d say it is closer to an AARPG, especially since the Diablo devs were added to the WoW team.

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John Artemus

WoW was pretty much my main MMO from 2005 to this year. With extended breaks every now and then. But the current direction of the game and the whole Allied Races rep grind thing was sort of the last straw for me. They are gating EVERYTHING now because of time played metric. Even stuff that’s been in the game for years.

So, I didn’t purchase BFA and haven’t played the game in months. Whenever the Allied Race rep grind was announced. That’s when I cancelled my sub.

I’m actually glad I did because if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have gotten hooked on FFXIV, which has been my main game ever since. It’s an imperfect game as well, but it checks all the right boxes for me.

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sophiskiai

I’ve never played even a minute of WoW (though I did play some of the old Warcraft strategy games 14+ years ago), but that’s never made me feel excluded. There are (and have been) so many popular MMOs that almost all of us have a history with some of them but not with others. Talking about the games I do play is much more interesting than talking about all the games I don’t!

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Alex Hyer

I never even made it to level 20 in this game.

I’ve always disliked it. It put me to sleep from the start. Boring as hell… in my opinion.

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Schmidt.Capela

Just about every real life friend who ever played WoW has left, and isn’t returning for BfA. So, in my corner of the world it’s kinda the opposite; someone playing WoW would be the odd one out.

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Doubleplusgood

2nd wow expac in a row that I have not bought! does that get me VIP membership to the club?? any other perks?

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Coolit

I’ve played WoW for over a decade now and although my interest has declined the last few expansions I still bought each one however this time my interest is at an all-time low so this is the first expansion I won’t be buying even though a group of friends are continuing to play.

When FFXIV re-launched back in 2013 I joined that club too and have been playing it on and off alongside WoW so I’ll just continue to play and focus more on that. FFXIV and its dev team tick all the right boxes for me these days however I hope the next expansion doesn’t have a predictable content release schedule like Stormblood has had.

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Stormwaltz

I am probably pretty weird for a gamer.

I’ve been an MMORPG player since 1998, but never played WoW. Not even a trial. Heck, I’ve been a PC gamer since the late 80s, but never played any Blizzard game at all.

My first console was the Atari 2600, my second was the original NES… and from there I skip to the PS3. Related, the only Final Fantasy I’ve played was XIV.

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Bannex

I wish mmos would stop with the story as the main focus.

WoW has always had an extremely shitty story and to continually being that to the forefront is a waste of everybody’s time and development resources. I’m reaching mmo burnout. The latest effort by blizz with this prepatch stuff is so laughably terrible from writing to execution to gameplay that I’m convinced the team is a shadow of its former self.

Sorry MOP make all the clubs you want but the fact remains that wow was and still is the largest most successful mmo and you’ll forever see people talk about it.

Sadly I think it’s run is in decline. This should be disappointing for everybody who is a fan of the genre whether you like the game or not.

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Ravven

What is an MMO without story? Even FPS games have story. It’s very important to a lot of people…I can’t imagine a world without story, it would be a pretty shallow and barren game.

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rafterman74

He said “story as the main focus” and I agree. You can have a story in a game without a million quests and hubs that lead you along by the nose. WoW is the reason every MMO does this, it’s also the reason why the genre has never been more stale.

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Bruno Brito

I wish mmos would stop with the story as the main focus.

I don’t. I would like them to get BETTER storytelling. But to forego story in it’s entirely it’s like every game would be CS.

If i wanted to play CS, i would be playing CS.

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Bannex

Lol who said get rid of story entirely? Clearly both of you struggle with reading comprehension or reading in general.

Mmos struggle with story because most of them focus on you being the main hero and fail to explain all the other heroes. Wow has a different problem, its written by people that shouldn’t be writing stories.

Mmo should have a story that facilitates the player to create or experience their own story. Little adventures. Enough of the save the world crap, I’ve done it so many times. I’ve seen the threat in so many ways it sucks.

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Bruno Brito

Lol who said get rid of story entirely? Clearly both of you struggle with reading comprehension or reading in general.

I’ve been here long enough to known better than to expect anything but negativity from you.

Mmos struggle with story because most of them focus on you being the main hero and fail to explain all the other heroes.

They struggle because as you put it:

Wow has a different problem, its written by people that shouldn’t be writing stories.

Mmo should have a story that facilitates the player to create or experience their own story.

They have tools for community building, that’s enough. MMO’s without story end up being MMO’s that struggle to keep populace.

Enough of the save the world crap, I’ve done it so many times.

I can agree to an extent, but that’s a issue you and i have. Not everyone. WoW is STILL the most successful MMO out there. The fact they can push this crap onto us and get this ammount of outrage says a lot.

I’ve done it so many times. I’ve seen the threat in so many ways it sucks.

Again, an issue you and i have, but not everyone.

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Bannex

Cool

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Joey

Bannex is right for once :P MMOs should be online worlds with the lore and the story kind of in the background, kind of like WoW used to be. In the old days a lot of the fun came from player interactions with each other. Nowadays, Blizzard has done everything in their power to turn their game into a more solo centric RPG that focuses heavily on cutscenes. It is so boring anymore since most MMOs just suck at telling a good story.

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Hravik

That was one of the things I liked about EQ back in the day. Sure there were things going on in the world, sure there was lore, but I was never the chosen one/hero/focus of anything. I was just a warrior interacting with other players and the world around me.

I miss that.