Why People Still Play World of Warcraft

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There is a lot of speculation going on about how the game is slowly losing more and more players as the time goes on. Not to mention, all the newer games coming out as well. Here is a very small Q&A I put together for continuing players. Still, there are some true blue fans out there who will probably play the game ’till its dying day.

Why People Still Play World of Warcraft

I spent some time in the World of Warcraft asking some players why they continue to play the game. Myself, I still play for the sake of being a fan of the game and storyline. I played all of the Warcrafts and REALLY enjoyed the character’s story and tales behind them. Even though most of my friends don’t play anymore, the game has evolved to a point where you can log in, and just queue up for something you want to do alone if you need to.

But there is an upside to Blizzard’s style of content and production. I like the fact that they do stay constant and up to date to a point. The fact that they release minor content patches and full blown expansions together, makes them the leaders they are today. Allowing you to experience different things, not just the same repetitive crap over and over again. Although, I’m sure a lot of people will agree, they might need to do that on a MORE constant basis.

Below you can read some of the different players and their responses. Gauge what you think and leave us your take in the comments section.

I also asked the questions on the WoW General Discussion forums. You can see what people said HERE.

Mýranda – Skywall

Q: Why do you still play World of Warcraft?
A: Its nice to get a break from life for a bit. Just to kill some Horde, or questing is nice.

Q: What about the game, keeps you entertained and playing?
A: I do Battlegrounds mostly. No 2 BGs are really the same. I enjoy the variety.

Q: Will you be getting Mists of Pandaria?
A: Yes. I have the beta and I feel it’s the best expansion since The Burning Crusade.

Q: When do you see yourself giving up the game?
A: If Mist is anything like cata probably after they decide to stop giving contint.

Q: Do you still have friends/family that play?
A: Yes, I still have quite a few friends that play.

Q: Lastly, if you could change 1 thing about the game to make it even MORE enjoyable, what would you change?
A: Every realm being a PvP realm. Not seeing Horde and Alliance helping each other. This is World of WARCRAFT.

Aö – Skywall

Q: Why do you still play World of Warcraft?
A: I play and continue to enjoy the game as something to pass time doing something fun.

Q: What about the game, keeps you entertained and playing?
A: The thrill, of continuing to achieve new things and get better gear.

Q: Will you be getting Mists of Pandaria?
A: Yes.

Q: When do you see yourself giving up the game?
A: When I won’t have the time to play, I have throughout the years done so, but always ended up playing again.

Q: Do you still have friends/family that play?
A: I still have friends that play.

Q: Lastly, if you could change 1 thing about the game to make it even MORE enjoyable, what would you change?
A: I would bring back the quest chains for gear. Like Vanilla WoW’s Quel’Serrar.

Nimms – Shadowsong

Q: Why do you still play World of Warcraft?
A: There’s always something to do.

Q: What about the game, keeps you entertained and playing?
A: Raiding.

Q: Will you be getting Mists of Pandaria?
A: Already pre-ordered it.

Q: When do you see yourself giving up the game?
A: When Blizz confirms there won’t be anymore new content in the future.

Q: Do you still have friends/family that play?
A: Yes.

Q: Lastly, if you could change 1 thing about the game to make it even MORE enjoyable, what would you change?
A: I would like to see a mandatory IQ test implemented. If reading quest logs requires too much brain power, you shouldn’t be allowed to play.

Sardian – Exodar

Q: Why do you still play World of Warcraft?
A: It’s an enjoyable game, helps me relax at the end of the day.

Q: What about the game, keeps you entertained and playing?
A: Dailies, farming stuff, causing general mayhem in small towns of the opposite faction.

Q: Will you be getting Mists of Pandaria?
A: Does a Panda eat bamboo?

Q: When do you see yourself giving up the game?
A: Sometime after they shut down the servers.

Q: Do you still have friends/family that play?
A: Yes

Q: Lastly, if you could change 1 thing about the game to make it even MORE enjoyable, what would you change?
A: Do something with the community. It’s terrible.

Lukar – Ravenholdt

Q: Why do you still play World of Warcraft?
A: Honestly? Mostly for the people. The game is still of interest to me, but less because it’s awesome and more because it’s just an interesting world to be in. Back in Classic and Burning Crusade everything was still shiny and new. There were all kinds of new things to learn about and explore. I guess some of that feeling was there in Wrath, but the content was so easy in Tier 7 that the whole expansion just didn’t feel all that interesting to me.

Q: What about the game, keeps you entertained and playing?
A: As I said before, it’s the people. The group I raid with, the people I just hang out with in-game socially. I also enjoy role play, and have a very enjoyable time with that.

Q: Will you be getting Mists of Pandaria?
A: Yes. I have already paid for the Digital Deluxe edition. Also, it will the first time I don’t buy the physical box for the expansion. Feels kind of weird.

Q: When do you see yourself giving up the game?
A: When my guild (the core) falls apart. I play for the people. That, or when I finally move fully into the accounting field and can’t dedicate the time needed to the game.

Q: Do you still have friends/family that play?
A: A couple of IRL friends. My family has never touched this game.

Q: Lastly, if you could change 1 thing about the game to make it even MORE enjoyable, what would you change?
A: I would say that I want more interesting or different raid mechanics, but the problem with that is that they end up being buggy such as the jumps between platforms in Madness. I guess what I really want to see are more fights like the Lady Vashj or Kael’thas encounters (at least for end bosses). Those fights were epic because they were challenging. Blizzard seemed to get into the idea that boss fights are epic because of length in Dragon Soul, and so you end up with heroic Spine (15 minutes or so) and heroic Madness (another 15 or so minutes) that are just super repetitive, not actually “epic.”

If that’s not possible, I’ll settle for updated starter zones for Blood Elves and Draenei, as well as updated character models (preferably one for male orcs where I stand upright, Blizzard!).

If you still play and just feel like answering the question too, do so in the comments!

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2 Comments on "Why People Still Play World of Warcraft"

  1. wolffin
    wolffin August 23, 2012 at 10:49 am -

    Q: Why do you still play World of Warcraft?
    A: I love the lore. I love the social aspect. Quest are a lot of fun. BG’s are great. I think Raid finder was great addition to the game.

    Q: What about the game, keeps you entertained and playing?
    A: people, lore, questing, PvP, raiding

    Q: Will you be getting Mists of Pandaria?
    A: Yes. I have already paid for the Digital Deluxe edition. I must say I will miss standing in line at gamestop for a box edition. Free pizza and meeting local fellow gamers is a lot of fun.

    Q: When do you see yourself giving up the game?
    A: When/IF something better comes a long(doubtfull) or they shut the servers down.

    Q: Do you still have friends/family that play?
    A: yes

    Q: Lastly, if you could change 1 thing about the game to make it even MORE enjoyable, what would you change?
    A: I would Like to see Epic quest lines that give decent armor. Something that would play into the lore of the world.

  2. Godeki August 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm -

    It isn’t really all that strange, WoW is one of only three true MMORPGs that have survived the test of time. (the other two being the original EverQuest and Final Fantasy XI) Some games will just never die, even when things seem at their worst even a small content update is welcome. Heck the other two STILL receive Expansion packs from time to time. I just goes to show that a good game can last even if the fan base shrinks.

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