So today I hopped over to MMO-Champion to see if there was anything going on and it turns out there’s a poll on the front page asking if you’d do Timewalking even if there was no reward. My first thought was, “Pffft, of course I would. Wouldn’t everyone?” So I clicked on the Yes button aaaand guess what: most people actually don’t agree with me.
After some thought, I realized that I’m probably coming at this from a different perspective than most other players. To me, WoW is not really a social game. Yes, I know, it’s an MMO. But as Bhagpuss recently very eloquently stated, it’s sort of like going to a cafe. Other people may be at the cafe to hang out with friends or socialize. Me, I’m there to eat. The other people are just atmosphere.
Back in TBC and WotLK I was in big guilds and I raided and stuff. It was great fun and I looked back on it fondly. But the social game eventually grew thin, and I went dark.
Now I’m here for fun. I do things in game not because they’re an obligation to my guild, but because I want to do them. This is a playstyle that fits my life very well and I like it a lot. I often see people decrying the state of the game or the expansion, and honestly if I felt the same as they did I would have bounced to another game long ago. But presumably for these other people, the game is still, ultimately, social.
So! Gaming out of obligation. It’s not something I do anymore. I used to do it, and it was fun, but those days are gone. There’s nothing bad about playing that way, of course, but I prefer my current style. And that, I think, is probably why I feel so disconnected from many other players.
But that’s okay. Whatever makes me happy, I’m gonna go with it. 🙂