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Posted: May 10th 2011 7:13PM Monkey D Luffy said

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Took me two weeks to get tired of Rift, took my friends 2 days.

The game is just not as good as people are saying, actually it's quite bad.

We went back to WoW, but were tired of it too. We're back playing Final Fantasy XI now (our first MMO) and enjoying it again.

Posted: May 10th 2011 7:13PM UnknownUser said

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I got bored and left Rift, but it doesn't change the fact that I got bored and left WoW too. Blizzard just sent me yet another ten day pass that I activated today. After updating the program (never bothered to uninstall it) and digging out my authenticator, I flew around Azeroth for a while, checked to see if anyone on my friends list was still around, and logged out. I just don't see anything to make me want to come back.

Posted: May 10th 2011 7:23PM MMOaddict said

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I went back to WoW because I got to level 50 and some tier 2 gear in Rift and just felt no desire to log in anymore. Lack of a larger world and boring typical endgame were the cause. At least in WoW I can play 5 alts and each will have a different experience. Granted, the endgame in WoW annoys me too, but the Alt factor is what Rift is missing.

Oh, and SWTOR is going to blow that factor off it's hinges and I highly doubt I'll play it for 2months and then return to WoW. So, basically WoW is only my main game until something comes along with as much if not more content and fun, like SWTOR and GW2 and ArcheAge.

Posted: May 10th 2011 7:31PM Mystal said

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Morhaime is mistaken. A lot of those players didn't leave because they wanted to try the amazing new game. They left because they were tired of the old game. I keep getting emails from Blizzard begging me to come back, and I'm not angry with them or anything, but I just don't have any desire left to play WoW, even though I left behind a great guild and some real life friends. I literally don't know a single person who plays PC games that hasn't at least tried WoW. I don't know where they think the growth is going to come from to replace the players who are just tired of WoW.

Unless they've got something really amazing up their sleeve, I think that WoW has plateaued. By the end of the year, that 11.4 million number will seem like the good old days.

Posted: May 10th 2011 7:35PM birdyhey said

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And yeah guys! Don't even say WoW is sh**, when it entertained you for 5 WHOLE FREAKIN YEARS. Think about that one for a sec. How.. HOW, can it SUCK, when you played it for 5 WHOLE YEEEEEEEEARS! That boggles my MIND.

Posted: May 10th 2011 9:10PM Vagrant Zero said

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@birdyhey It entertained me for about 1 year back in Vanilla. And for that I'm grateful. With that said, and apparently unlike you, I don't feel obligated to join their cult over it.

Get we all just get the obvious off our chest right now and say with unified aplomb...WAITING. FOR. TOR.
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Posted: May 10th 2011 11:35PM Utakata said

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@birdyhey

I've played WoW for 6 years. And trust me, it's starting to wear thin.
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Posted: May 11th 2011 10:22AM Birk said

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@Vagrant Zero

I'm just as excited as you for TOR, even though they've elected to forego a mac client. Before I have a wagonload of the PC convent go on a tirade about how much they hate my machine, mac is a rapidly expanding marketshare and WoW is still one of the only MMOs on that platform (and eve, of course). Five years ago I'd walk into a University classroom and see 1 mac for every 30 PCs. This year, there are literally 30 macs to every 1 PC.

Anyway, this isn't about macs, and if you don't like them then I don't mind one bit. TOR is still heavy on my radar, but before we go waving the flag it's prudent to remember to not count our chickens before they're hatched. I'm one of the folks that used to scoff at WoW and proclaim that I was Waiting On Warhammer, but I've learned to hold my tongue until the product is in my hands.

Cheers

-Birk
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Posted: May 10th 2011 7:39PM Gloon said

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Sorry, Blizzard. I won't be back. At least until Diablo III comes out. You'll get more of my money then. But not before then. :)

Posted: May 10th 2011 7:43PM Gene Quagmire said

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@Gloon This.
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Posted: May 10th 2011 7:42PM aurickle said

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I for one will NOT be going back to WoW. In fact, I so completely decided to put that game to pasture that I deliberately deleted the authenticator off my phone without having removed it from my account. If I were ever to want to go back to WoW I would have to jump through some major hoops to do it.

Honestly, Cataclysm killed that game for me. It's now been streamlined to death. I mean, the game was always a theme park. But now they don't simply give you a map when you arrive they actually hand you a pre-scheduled itinerary. Sorry, Blizzard -- playing on rails just doesn't do it for me.

Posted: May 10th 2011 7:48PM Oskari said

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@aurickle

I did the same thing too with the authenticator, though not on purpose. Lesson learned.
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Posted: May 10th 2011 8:06PM Irem said

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@Alex Oglitchkin
Some of us left because there was nothing to do BUT run on the gear treadmill after a certain point. Responding to someone who left because of on-rails gameplay by basically saying, "Oh yeah? Well, I bet you haven't even ridden ALL the rails and I bet I ride them much better than you ever did, too!" really only highlights the problem.
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Posted: May 10th 2011 8:22PM Oskari said

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@Alex Oglitchkin

That's nice...

/loads Patch 1.2
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Posted: May 10th 2011 7:47PM Alex Oglitchkin said

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@Tempes Magus Then they get the light bulb......."Oh ya we created our next MMO and it's out..DUH stupid me"

As for the rest you can jab at WoW all you want, but they are still the God's of the MMO world and half the population you see in MMOs is only because they made MMOs known to a bigger audience. They won't get back the 5% they lost but people will come and go as always. When 4.2 comes people will come back. Some of my friends are just playing other MMOs since they have cleared all the raid content and are geared up. So until Firelands gets released they stay unsubscribed. Half of you that play today couldn't of handled the old school MMOs of UO and EQ.

Posted: May 10th 2011 7:59PM hereafter said

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Rift might be part of it, but I think it's what others have said: we're just bored of the game. At a certain point, you've seen and done everything (or everything you were ever intending to do), your friends have moved on, and that desire to rush home and jump on has left you. WoW had an amazing run and I expect it to stay alive and viable for quite some time, but I think the focus is definitely shifting. Soon, TOR and/or GW2 will be the hot spots and WoW will just be the backup game or a place for the die-hard fans to wait for Titan, hoping it turns out to be what they expect.

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:03PM (Unverified) said

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Uh, what exactly is he saying that is bothering you people? All he stated is past experience has shown that players tend to leave WoW for a bit then come back. This was an earnings meeting, I believe. What do you expect him to say?

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:12PM Oskari said

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@(Unverified)

He can say it, but it doesn't mean we have to agree with it.
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Posted: May 10th 2011 11:42PM Utakata said

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@Tempes Magus

I think this is the first time I've ever up rated Tempes Magus. Most of the time I disagree with him/her, but this was right on the money.
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Posted: May 12th 2011 5:12AM jslim419 said

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@Tempes Magus

or it wreaks of someone that has been in this business for decades, and might just know something about gaming consumer trends.

but i apologize Tempes Magus.. you are the expert here. after all the people that know everything about the industry are posting comments on blogs instead of you know........... working in the industry.

(waiting on your "i actually work at a MMO development studio.. that you probably haven't heard of, and that i can't talk about......" rebuttal)
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