As I have mentioned before, Tarsus was the first character I made for World of Warcraft. I had dreams of Hordes of Tauren armed with pole-arms tearing it up in PvP spamming /moo. Though after I learned Tauren didn’t have access to the war totems they carried in Warcraft III he was neglected for a while, he will still be five years old in March. That’s pretty darn old for a MMO character.
But it got me thinking. At five years out, this spring, I will have been playing WoW for longer than I’ve played all other MMOs combined. Everquest, Dark Age of Camelot, Anarchy Online, and Ragnarok Online all held my interest for a little while (up to two years in the case of EQ), but never for as long or sustained a period as WoW. So, why is that?
Here’s my thoughts on the matter:
- I get to play it with Jov – Playing with your significant other is pretty much better than anything you could ask for, but it’s only a piece of the puzzle (after all, Blizzard is now trying to keep up both of our interests).
- The non-realistic graphical style has kept itself surprisingly contemporary – While most MMOs appear seriously dated 5 years out, Blizzard seems to have picked an style that has a certain amount of wiggle room. Any updates that will be applied come Cataclysm will only likely extend its life.
- Access to End-Game Content – I was lucky in some ways and thanks to great guild reputation and good references managed to get into the raiding thing pretty much right when my first character hit max level (technically a little before, I suppose). Blizzard has clearly make it a priority to keep that content as accessible as possible and this would certainly explain why.
- Fun and amusing leveling content – Giving me some reason to actually level my characters means I have something to do when not raiding. It also means that if I loose my “Access to End-Game Content” I might still play the game.
- A community of like-minded individuals – aka a guild. For me, EQ only stayed worthwhile as long as I was with my guild (shout out to any “Holy Monks” that might be reading). It’s demise when the end of my subscription. So it might be said for WoW as well. If Axiom ever kicked the bucket and failed to re-constitute itself (or I failed to find another guild), it probably wouldn’t be long before I was out of here.
- The Warrior class – It should be worth mentioning that the actual class I play (and, at that, the one I play almost exclusively!) is a leading contender for the reason that I’m still here 5-years on. I certainly never feel like playing a Warrior tank ever gets stale. If it ever did, I’m not sure if I would be able to play something else.
Is there anything that you, dear reader, feel should be on this list? What keeps you playing when other things might lure you away?
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