Former WoW player here, and while I would totally like to take the side of the Anti-WoW brigade, unfortunately the points people are making do not relate to my reasons for hating the game and why I quit it.
Instead, I would like to point out certain flaws and falsehoods people are spreading around about WoW that are just crap.
"You think after so many Years WoW would update its graphics, it still looks like SHIT!"
Hmm, how could Blizzard have ever made such an oversight on its graphics, I mean, they should grab the Crysis engine and go with it... Oh shit now that only top end computers can play WoW almost 80% of their customers forfeited their subscriptions because their low to mid-grade computers cannot handle it! You think that Blizzard who is in games like Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 ignores graphics? Besides that point, blizzard does put all their effort into making the most of what they can do, the latest expansion in WoW was far more detailed and ran much more smoothly than the original WoW.
"The games all about grinding, and leveling, how the fuck is that fun? For 15 bucks a month I should be into the content of the game ASAP!"
Thats odd, I did not recall my experience leveling up being a grindfest at all. Its funny how much freedom I had to do what I wanted in the game, from running dungeons to picking flowers (slight grind, but hey it was a good waste of time) to well, dueling outside of Orgrimmar (Yea I was Horde, bite me), I could go on. And once every say 5-6 levels a new area would open to me, and I would welcome it. Of course, everyone has their own paces, some people are probably slower than me, but probably monopolize the auction house (I could make an entire discussion about the auction house but that is another time), or the "ones without a life" who get to 80 in 7 days, jesus!
Anyhow, if you are the kind of gamer who wants everything open to you immediately, who does not have patience to pay the 1st or 2nd month fee before reaching the full content after your "grind", then the game probably was not meant for you, ergo don't bash it.
"Pfft, the game has horrible PvP, incredibly unbalanced and unfair"
Not gonna argue with you on that point, even in the Arena part of the game (2v2, 3v3, 5v5 PvP), certain compositions of classes definitely dominate the brackets, but only the most skilled get to the top. If I had to compare to a FPS, I would definitely say Modern Warfare 2 hits the mark. Gotta love those stacking killstreaks, man getting 5 kills in a row nets you 20+ with the copter, homing rocket, and gunner copter, man that was hard. And don't get me started on the SMGs.
Anyhow, there are far too many examples of unbalanced PvP in games out there, why should WoW be the only one to take a huge dive for them? Grow up, see the light.
"15 bucks a month is a ripoff, they make so much its uncanny!"
It is a ripoff, I would make the argument about how they have to maintain the servers, and all the payments like that, but (I cant remember where) someone did the math, and there is an amazing surplus of income for Blizzard from WoW, they could probably reduce the monthly fee but as long as people play it aint gonna happen. From a personal standpoint 15 bucks a month is not a huge deal, there are greater bills out there to be paid, and WoW provides its services well enough to make the money worthwhile.
I forget all the other arguments, mainly because some may be a bit off or not worth arguing back because of the sheer stupidity of the argument. Regardless I would like to add a few things.
- WoW was by no means bad, sure its a commitment, but how long would you play FPSs, RPGs, or Sports games for? 2, 4, maybe 5 hours a day here and there? I know when I got into the game for raiding I slowed my playing down to 12 hours a week, just 12, none of that "MY SON IS ALWAYS ON WoW HE NEVER GOES OUTSIDE" crap. I doubt the game was addicting for me, but it wasn't a waste of time that's for sure.
- I had fun with it, and that folks is ALL that should matter, if the video game was fun. When it stopped being fun, I quit, simple as that.
Thats all I have to say on this matter.