Help your fellow man! Be a Gaming Disabler!

avggeek wrote:
Stele wrote:
hbi2k wrote:

Do you like games? Then don't play MMOs, because people who play MMOs don't play games. They play MMOs.

FTFY.

You are paying the monthly fee and something compels you to play that game above all others. You've paid for it, might as well play it. And everything else gets left in the dust.

Yeah that's the thing - I'm a tight-fisted b*st*rd by nature, so I'm never gonna plonk down 15$ a month if I don't play - and I won't play because I have no time. But I could pay 20$, get the free month and play it like a RPG. Can this line of thinking be de-enabled?

If you played a lot, your $20 would get you about halfway through the first $5 you paid. So if you want to plunk $20, don't. If you're okay with $5, go for it. But I'd say just skip it altogether unless you want to play an MMO.

I recently reactivated my WoW account for the first time since, oh, 2007, because of a 7 days free time promotion. I played for maybe 2 hours, which was enough time for me to remember why I cancelled my subscription. WoW now feels to me more like work than play. So I cancelled again and went back to playing games I actually enjoy.

ExitPursuedByBear wrote:

I recently reactivated my WoW account for the first time since, oh, 2007, because of a 7 days free time promotion. I played for maybe 2 hours, which was enough time for me to remember why I cancelled my subscription. WoW now feels to me more like work than play. So I cancelled again and went back to playing games I actually enjoy.

That's what I feel when I try and go mop up some quests I've got left on one of my 80 alts, at the core, the game is the same. Personally I'm not sure if I'm in it for the long haul any more with WoW, especially once Guild Wars 2 hits.

The more they streamline (some would say dumb down, hold your hand, whatever) World of Warcraft, the shorter the time it takes me after re-subbing to realize it's largely just a school playground for adults and the dungeons are fancy jungle gyms, the economy is trading your lunch money for a cupcake, the new relationships and conversations you have in game are very real, but also very dependent on that context; however far you want to stretch that metaphor. I should admit that I do re-sub from time to time, however, and I still find it hard to resist when people are talking about it. Yes, MMOs in general fit that same description, but WoW drives it home. And yes, single-player games could be compared to playing with your toys alone in your room.

There are plenty of rebuttals to the "childish pastime" metaphor but since this is the disabling thread, I'll just leave it at that.

Montalban wrote:

There are plenty of rebuttals to the "childish pastime" metaphor but since this is the disabling thread, I'll just leave it at that.

It comes down to the old phrase: "If you enjoy the time wasted, it's not wasted time"

Thanks Guys! I am sufficiently disabled from buying WoW. Of course now that just means I have another 20 "space dollars" to spend on some Steam deal in a moment of weakness...

Having never played WoW I nearly picked up the Battlechest bundled with Wrath today in preparation for Cataclysm, but I remembered this thread.

I like playing lots of games, a real life simulator is not something I need.