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It’s Not You, It’s Me: Leaving WoW

May 26, 2010

By Tom Price

So I finally did it. After 17 months I have officially canceled my World of Warcraft subscription. It has been a hell of a ride and a lot of fun. There were laughs and tears, outrage and joy. There were moments of extreme boredom and some of my most exciting game time ever. But now it’s time for me and WoW to walk off in separate directions. It’s time to close this chapter in my life and move on to the next one. You may think that I’m exaggerating this whole experience, but trust me; this is exactly what crossed my mind before clicking that “cancel subscription” button.

The sheer amount of time I invested (The cynic in me says wasted but I hate that guy) into WoW made leaving difficult. I probably should have ended it weeks ago since that was the last time I played. Things have simply become stale. We had no more stories to tell. I told WoW all my jokes and WoW told me all her jokes (For the purpose of all these metaphors, WoW will be a girl). The conversation got dull.

Believe me, I tried to change things up. I tried new things. Bringing a new character into the mix didn’t really work. That warrior was pretty wild for a little bit, but that was just some new skills on top of the same tired quest system. I even ditched the whole pve (player vs. environment) scene to give pvp a shot (player vs. player). That was cool for a little bit. But both only stalled the inevitable. In the end the only option was to say goodbye

Sorry Horde, I no longer want you.

I found myself logging on out of habit, not because I wanted to play. I remember logging on to my Shaman only to spend 20 minutes running around Thunder Bluff (One of the main cities for people not in the know). The problem was I had done everything so many times. I didn’t want to do dungeons, having done all of them more times than I care to remember. I was just flat tired of doing the mid-level raids just to get enough gear to do the high tier raids, which are just a different twist on the same formula.

For a time I thought I needed and wanted a MMO in my life. I dabbled with Lord of the Rings Online and Star Trek Online, but these are basically different riffs of WoW. And thus, didn’t grab me.

While I was answering the couple short questions Blizzard asks when you cancel your subscription, I kept thinking that I would inevitably return when the next expansion was released. “How could I not,” I told myself, “They’re changing so much, and doing so many cool things.” But almost as if by magic, as soon as my subscription was officially ended, I doubted that assumption. Apparently just the act of leaving WoW is a very cathartic experience. I still think I’ll most likely jump back on board when Cataclysm is released, but who knows. Now instead of feeling like I’m anchored to WoW with a heavy chain, it feels more like some string.

So that’s that. Seventeen months and $225 in subscription fees later ($305 if you include the cost of buying the game and two expansions), my adventure in Azeroth is done for now. I don’t regret the time I spent playing. I’m not bitter about it. Like I said, I had a blast. But it’s time to ride of into the sunset, in search of greener pastures.

As a side note, just how much WoW did I play? Well I’ve done the math. Between my three main characters I’ve invested 50 days, 4 hours, 16 min of play time.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ted Trembinski permalink
    May 27, 2010 4:19 am

    Your hesitation to leave because of time spent reminded me of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD69PAIqiYo

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