Posted 4 years, 12 months ago at 00:10. 5 comments
My World of Warcraft account expires tomorrow. I am letting it lapse and retiring from the game.
Not much of a mystery as to why. In the end, it came down to family.
I’m one of those (broken) people who actually liked questing in areas like Ashenvale back in the day. It felt suitably epic (not in the purple sense), expansive, and the ambiance was spot-on perfect IMO. Pre-TBC, I probably spent more time in Ashenvale and Azshara than anywhere else in-game. Those areas felt like home.
As the patches have rolled in and the game has necessarily evolved, I’ve found myself investing the same or greater amounts of time but having less fun.
I never fell in to the trap of having lots of alts, but the /played on my main is ludicrous, especially given how far (or not far) I have actually advanced in the game.
My guild, The Ancient Sun, remains awesome. Indeed, I would have quit many times over already were it not for these people. I was part of a fun 10-man raid group, but we were generally stymied by content past a certain difficulty level. We weren’t trying for world-firsts or anything, but the time pressure to farm, show up prepared, and be competitive even for our “softcore” raid was too much. Granted, a lot of this was internal pressure I put on myself, but…hi, you must be new here.
When BRK, someone who I respect and admire as a communicator, came so close to ruining his own marriage through willful denial of his own similar situation, the writing was on the wall for me. Get while the gettin’s good, as they say, which loosely translates to: don’t make your wife come over there and smack some sense into you.
I must say, not having that constant compulsion to login and go run the same 6 quests every day because they’re the most lucrative dailies and you need that coin to keep yourself rolling in Flasks of Endless Rage is pretty liberating. Spending that time with my family is just about the best alternative I can think of.
I occasionally entertain thoughts about circumstances under which I might consider returning to the game…perhaps a future in-game event in which some ancient evil awakes, pressing our reluctant hero back into action. Then I remind myself that said evil could likely only be vanquished by a combination of daily quests and achievement points, and then the struggle seems much less epic. Besides, the ancient evil would simply reset next Tuesday anyway.
No, retirement’s looking pretty comfortable.