When I first moved to New Hampshire; my girlfriend was still back in St. Louis, coming out a few months after me; I didn’t know anyone here; and it was winter. So my exploration of my surroundings were limited and usually short. It was damn cold! So, with so many friends having succumbed to WoW in the past, I picked up the $2 10-day trial. I played it all 10 days and a few days after signed up for a monthly account. I tried out every race (including the free trial of Burning Crusade) and every class at least once. I had toons ranging from 43rd to 5th level. I was a member of a few different guilds and played on a few different servers/server types (Killrogg, Silver Hand, etc).
A bunch of Podgies are joining the Pig and Whistle to play with Luke, and I will not be one of them. There are the regular reasons: better things to spend my money on, but they aren’t the reason I’m not going to play. I’m not playing because Massive Multi Online Role Playing Games lack one essential element that I need. Role playing. I have long criticized the moniker MMORPG because I don’t think there is any RP involved. You never are asked to make a choice based on character. You’re never given options at all. Every question involves you either taking something somewhere (incredibly irritating if you just came from there) or killing stuff, usually killing stuff. You have no response options to NPCs and cannot derive any outcome other than the linear quest-giving build they were designed for. The game is much more Diablo 2 than it ever was Warcraft, only using the Warcraft world–which may explain the “world of” in front, eh?
I have no interest in MMOs (I was going to play AoC because it was Conan, not because it was an MMO and now I wonder whether WAR will be worth my time since it will most certainly have the same failing) and will not until someone comes along and finally offers the RP in MMORPG. Until then, I hope you have fun, but you’ll find me elsewhere.