World of Warcraft. The butt of any anti-nerd's jokes. The joy of many nerd's lives. I've been playing WoW since 2002, in what we in the gaming community call "Vanilla WoW". It was the very first iteration of the game, and despite all the strides Blizzard has made, is still considered to be the best version of the game. A lot of factors go into these opinions, usually fueled by nostalgia and a strong sense of cynicism towards change.
Blizzard has been known to want to take new directions with the game, which is painfully obvious to players like me who haven't really seen eye to eye with them on those new directions. After they released Burning Crusade, the talent and combat system changed drastically. I have played an Enhancement shaman almost exclusively since Vanilla WoW and have seen all of the changes that have been made since then.
I remember running dungeons with a mace and shield, tanking with Rockbiter and Earth shock. If I had a chance to do damage, I'd pull out my trusty two handed mace and smash some stuff with a heavy two handed mace and Windfury. Burning Crusade came out, and Blizzard decided two handed wasn't the direction they wanted to go with Enhancement. Instead they decided dual wield was more the feel they had for the class.
Oh I had some warm fuzzies seeing William Shatner played a tauren shaman. Now we fast forward to the present day, and I can tell you with every expansion there has been a steady hit of "Why do you take away the things I love?" It's pretty simple: Blizzard and I do not have the same idea of what the things I enjoyed about the game should be. I get it. It's their game. I don't want to tell them how to make it, I just want to play it and have fun.
Unfortunately, I'm not really having fun with it any more. On top of the constant changes that take away the things I liked, I've also seen a lot of those changes happen due to PvP balancing. That's infuriating to someone who really does not care at all about PvP. It's not just Blizzard doing that I know, but they're doing it to something that I hold dear. They have wonderful writers that absolutely deserve you reading the quest text and taking the time to understand the story.
But they pander to a culture that requires instant gratification. Their player base is more interested in rushing everything just to get to max level and getting the good gear. It's a giant race to see who can increase their non-existent dick hat as quick as possible. Even doing dungeons has gotten stale. Recently, I re-subscribed to see if I could have a little fun with it again. I looked through the updates and as usual, checked my shaman. It's the first time I've ever looked at enhancement and honestly thought "You know. I don't want to play this class."
I didn't want to ruin my good memories any more than I already have. Not only did they rework weapon buffs(freaking again I could write a whole post rant on how stupid it is they keep changing this dynamic), but they added a secondary resource called Maelstrom. So, I decided to make a death knight so I could get to Burning Crusade and re-do the content there.
I had a hell of a lot of fun running through the Death Knight area and re-acquainting myself with the lore and quests. Once I got to Hellfire Peninsula, I was really excited to utilize a dungeon system that admittedly I didn't know much about. However, in Cataclysm they added a buff in pre-Pandaria dungeons that allow you to run them alone. I did that a lot with old school raids and dungeons when I felt like having some good nostalgia time.
Needless to say, I was excited to run through the dungeons alone since I really dislike the culture in WoW. Running dungeons especially through the dungeon finder is a very boring experience because no one wants to stop and appreciate the little intricacies of the content. There are some interesting things to see beyond just the couple bosses people like to rush to just to power level.
I entered the Hellfire Ramparts excited to run through it and was promptly handed my ass. Little did I know, this system was either removed or does not apply to leveling up. I could have researched why, but it didn't really matter considering either way I can't do what I wanted to do. I love WoW. But I am tired of being severely disappointed every time I re-up my subscription.
Blizzard, I used to love you like a best friend. But you have quickly fallen from my good graces. From Diablo 3's story being god awful at release, to Overwatch being a Team Fortress 2 clone which I don't even really want to give the time of day to. I just don't really have respect for you guys as game makers anymore. You're a business now that's pandering to the trends of the gaming industry. Good for you.