4 years is enough, you know?I've logged about 8 months of playtime in this game. I've gotten my money's worth thus far, but, anymore, I just putz around, play for 30 minutes, and log.I might come back some day, maybe 3.5 or something along those lines.Maybe when WoW 2 comes out.
I've been playing since the release in europe and the game never has grown stale on me. =)No real breaks for me, at some time I play more, sometimes less.When I'm at a loss at what to do on my main, I usually get a lot of fun out of leveling / playing another class. The game is deep enough to keep yourself occupied. ;-P
Strangely I have never got that 'burned out' feeling from WoW, although I have not been playing as long as some, for about a year and a half. I've played WoW pretty much every day since I bought it, apart from when I took a holiday away from home. Always something to do, and while im still having fun, i'm still going to play.
Since I'm a casual player of wow there is always something i want to complete, even though I've never raided (a fact that I will change) full instances due to lack of gear. Right now I'm trying to decide if I should save money for the epic flying skill or to build the mechano-hog.
I don't believe I've ever become truly bored with WoW. I did become increasingly worn out due to raiding five days a week, five hours every night back in ye olden days when raiding actually involved half a thought.I remember telling my guild, that I at the time was an officer in, I would come back from a two week vacation promptly. That two week vacation ended up turning into two months. During that time, I didn't play WoW at all. It was so liberating to just do other things and not be shackled to a self-imposed raiding schedule. I've seen a lot of raiders burn out from harsh schedules, especially now that most guilds will have 10-man off nights to compliment their 25-man schedule. I ended up taking another month break after WotLK came out, as I didn't feel like the raid content was challenging enough to warrant speed leveling to 80.It seems to be very easy to simply walk away from WoW and not come back for a while, then realise on that one day you're bored to hell that hey, it's there. You come back and all your stuff is there and your character is there, and hopefully the people you know are still there. Then the vicious cycle continues all over again. I really don't believe I know anyone who has ever truly quit WoW unless some out-of-their-control circumstance keeps them (PC is broken, no money to pay for subscription, etc).
I've taken a few breaks here and there when I had to choose between eating and WoW, but mostly I play every day. I like leveling alts when I get burned out. It's soooo easy at low levels now that if doing quests gets to be a grind, I just roll an alt and see it from a new character. I haven't leveled every class even though I've played for 2 years. Recently, I scrounged up enough to get a character transfer and brought my old Priest main onto my new PvP server (he was on a PvE server), and he's a lot of fun to level now that priests aren't laughable in PvP. Another thing that's keeping me going is new titles and events. Superstone of the Undercity? Yes, please! I already have "the Noble" since bringing him over, and I intend to do Children's Week and get him to 80 and start healing again next week as well. It's gonna be busy!
I had 2 big quits once from the april after TBC till the summer a year later, and now one from Brewfest till now. Yes, I'm encountering more time I want to play WoW than that I actually play WoW. I tried private servers, but after 2 days I found out they suck. You can do so much in WoW that I'm almost never bored. Sometimes, when I need to wait for whatever the .... I get bored. But that's the only moment.
taking a couple months off as we speak actually :-)be back after summer!
There's only two times I've had an actual "Vacation" from WoW.The first time was when I was enrolled into the army for 1 year. There was no internet there, so gaming was reduced to approx 14 days over 1 year period.Then, one summer later, I took a 3 month vacation (along with a sailing-trip along the northern coast of Europe (france, germany, etc)). Now however, with Ulduar here, I cannot see myself taking a break. It's just too much fun.Just a flesh wound
I took a long break after playing a bit in vanilla, not having a char above lvl 30 (lvling was boring to me back then, didn't read quests and had no one to talk to wihle lvling).Came back with TBC, started with a mate there but I played more than him so I kinda left him behind...I quite recently and went to guild wars (which I love and think is 10 times better than WoW) but what keeps people is probably the friends and all the things they haven't seen or the goals they have for themselves.Personally I'd have loved to stay but1: Balance is completely whack and that ruins the game big time2: It's a tad expensive when you dont have an income :P
Doesn't rested bonus only last 1.5 levels?Quested XP doesn't take rested xp, so you can do 1.5 levels of quest-xp and 1.5 for slay-xpEDIT: typo
I took a break in January, as the game was getting too bored. I came back a week before 3.1 (didn't know about it), so it was a major surprise, and still enjoying it :)
this. if they were doing so well, why put adds on the forums?Who goes to forums? People.What do advertisements try to get people to do? Buy things.Why would Blizzard agree to let these people advertise on the forums? Because they make money from it..Hate to turn this into Marketing 101, but you sir obviously had no idea what the purpose of advertisements were.
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The expression "everything in moderation" is so true for me and WoW. It's also healthy to take a break every now and then so I (whomever) don't lose touch with reality. At the moment I'm not interested in playing so much as reading up and catching up on new games and things.After a while I will come back and play better than I did before (Don't ask me how or why I just am better at something after I play it then come back after a break).
I played back in Vanilla (just about 4 months after release), but then took a couple of years off for school. Boy, that really changed the game... all my RL friends, gone. Guild, gone. So I left all of those toons on my old server and started on a new "recommended" server. Now that I'm up to 80 on one toon and have lots of alts between 30 and 60, I'm actually starting to grow bored. Don't know if I'll quit or just switch servers to be with RL friends (and not to be playing Horde against vodka all the time).
I only take "breaks" when my card runs out, my internet dies, or something goes wrong on my computer. However, I'm taking a break from raiding until June 18th, the last day of finals for me.And, to the people complaining about ads on the official forums: There's worse things there than Blizzard renting space to other companies (forum trolls, for example). If you don't like it, don't go there. Rely on the second-hand sources, such as WoWInsider, MMO-Champ, Wowhead, etc. - they're usually easier to understand. Plus, the ads are not as annoying.
Have A levels coming up so recently quit Wow ( deleted all files - to resist coming back until after exams) But yes I will return, Wow is an excellent game, if not abit addictive !
I'm pretty sure Blizz is spin doctoring the amount of people subscribedthis. if they were doing so well, why put adds on the forums?Why not? More $ is more $...WoW is a cash cow that will one day die. I mean they're a business...of course they're gonna try and make money any way possible.On topic tho: I've been playing for less than a year and am still enjoying leveling. When I start to get bored I roll up a new class. I also have left some things out of my experience as long as possible (for example I just got into PvP about 2 weeks ago.....whole new set of fun!). I've also focused on one faction, so when I do get bored, I'll go to the other and start from scratch.What I envision keeping me in the game though is the constant updates and new content. Because I started late theres so much before me...I can't see myself running out of game for quite a while.
I'm planning on taking a long WoW break this summer. My wife is pregnant with our first baby and I can't in good conscience play WoW for 3 hours a night when I could be helping with the baby or fixing up the house. To tell you the truth, I'm looking forward to a break. WoW has been good fun, the most I've ever had with a game, but the knowledge of my impending parenthood has really forced me to think about what's really important in life. My family will still be there long after WoW is just a cozy nostalgic memory. I need to level up my cooking skills and grind out painting walls and changing diapers. If WoW still exists in a couple of years I might come back. Or not. Who knows? It's been a good run, but real life is about to get a lot more epic than WoW could ever be.