My death has been greatly exaggerated (although admittedly some mornings I feel like death warmed up)
The death of Armaggedons Coming! has been greatly exaggerated (hibernating would be a better description)
The death of WoW has been greatly exaggerated (even if it is bleeding, it still has a HoT or two ticking)
The death of WoW blogging has been greatly exaggerated (Even if the community has lost a few writing fingers)
The death of Elizabeth Taylor has been reasonably well reported, although there are rumors of her returning a Forsaken Warlock which may be exaggerated.
But of course I’m not here to talk about million-times married movie actresses that haven’t contributed anything to the world for the last 40 years beyond cheap laughs at their insane life choices.
I’m alive, I’m alive!
Starting with me, I’m here, I’m constantly drafting posts if only in my mind, but my ability to take them from silly idea to silly published post has been severely limited by a lot of things, not least RL dramas and soon the arrival of my (ex)mother-in-law – which isn’t a drama, but will most likely effect my ability to post.
Now I know some people misread my “So, I stopped playing WoW” post and assumed it was a farewell post (but hey, I got an autographed roll of toilet paper out of that misreading). However in reality I was just sharing my latest, but sure to be short-lived joy with you.
Let’s face it, it’s a lot more fun (and makes a lot more sense) to follow a web comic from post 1 to the end, than to only read the latest few. I’m 2/3 of the way through that, so soon you will have my full and undivided atten…
As for the death of WoW, I remember speculating ages ago (probably on another occasion when the death of wow was imminent), about whether they would ever turn WoW into a single player game when they shut down all the servers (OMG, I had a quick scan when I hunted for the link… I was at the time speculating whether people would be able to solo Onyxia on these single player versions… crystal ball must have been broken that day).
I doubt they will even shutdown all the servers when their nextgen MMO comes out, while there is a buck to be made, I’m guessing the servers will still be powered.
Is Rift the WoW killer?
I don’t know, maybe, probably not.
Is WoW dying?
If it is, it will probably be a long slow death with lots of heals thrown at it and 99% of people wont even know it was injured.
I wonder if it will die in my game playing life time, I really don’t know, but I really don’t care.
The last rites have now been administered so many times that I now skip the funeral and just attend the wake for the free booze and snacks.
Vanilla Veterans, Burning Crusade Babies, Wrath Newborns, Cataclysm Children.
Each generation adds a new spark, a new perspective. This is one of the reasons that Larisa made such a good blogger, because she wasn’t bogged down in Vanilla Veterans tales of yesteryear.
New players (and new bloggers) will be born that can see past the dust and mold of the “Old World” and see the fresh grass grown with the Cataclysm.
Even more amazingly, jaded old Vanilla Veterans can still find joy in the game, new, real, fresh joy.
As for the new folk, well with the right perspective WoW can be played as a game of joy and wonderment, not guides, theorycrafting and min/maxing. You can pick up the game, or a new class, or a new race and do something completely outrageous, something you haven’t done since you installed the game for the very 1st time… play blind and just enjoy it for the fun. Something that Larisa’s final blogger discovery, Michael who is admittedly lazier than the next man, wrote about today. Oh and it doesn’t even have to be WoW…
Realistically Blizzard could lose all, what is it, 12 million existing jaded players, yet not drop in subscription numbers for longer than an hour… apparently it’s a big world and contrary to my frequent insistence, doesn’t revolve around me (although I am yet to see the proof of this).
The Bloggers are leaving and with that the game will close it’s logon servers.
Sorry still cracking myself up.
Has any blog, or even the WoW Blogosphere got the attention of 10% of the WoW community? Or 5%, or hell, maybe even 1%?
There is a reason new bloggers get told to write for themselves and if it pleases their audience then that’s an added bonus.
It’s because we are full of ourselves if we ever think we make a difference.
The blogging world was going to end when Big Red Kitty left the building, the trees were all going to die when Phaelia quit writing, the end was nigh when Euripedes wrote his last Mage post. The world really did end when Megan and Jong stopped blogging, in one big freaking explosion… but luckily they returned, rezzed us and occasionally we get a faint whiff of their unwashed undies.
There is one blogger I know who wrote 456 posts…
- 1 “Hello World!” post,
- 227 “goodbye” posts,
- 227 “I’m back” posts and
- 1 “I am going to strangle that freaking Gnome Mage when I get to Melbourne” post
over a period of 2.5-3 years. She was a master (or was is mistress of the dark arts) at the farewell post. I miss Saresa and maybe I have egged her into one last “Do the world a favor and strangle a Gnome today” post, but I doubt it… she knows the WoW blogging community continues without (despite… in spite of) her. She keeps in frequent contact with the community (You think I would go and count her posts one by one until I got to 456… try 5).
The thing is, the blogging community is made up of people, who make decisions (hopefully) first and foremost about themselves and sometimes that means moving on… sometimes they move on and produce some of their best work. As much as it may piss off BRK fanboys and fangirls, I personally believe that Daniel is a better Blogger than BRK, Euripedes the fanfiction writer is a better writer than Euripides the Mage blogger and hell, they both love bacon so they definitely have my vote.
I wonder in fact, if although BRK and Phaelia among many have been honored in game, I wonder do 99.99% of the players have any idea at all who they are, or more specifically were? The next question is do these bloggers really care?
Don’t get me wrong, I love this place, this WoW community and I have the utmost respect for those that came before me and have coexisted with me and I will have the same respect for the bloggers that will come after me. However I am not prepared to let the decisions of these individuals be a sign from the heavens that WoW or WoW blogging is dead.
At the worst it is maybe shrinking back to a sustainable level (I gave up trying to read 100 blogs a day, of which 30% of them were covering the same topic that the others were).
I think though that we may also be seeing a bit of rationalisation, as there are really only so many theorycrafting blogs for a game that requires less and less theory crafting every patch. It’s possible that those that have nothing else to give will fade away at the same time that other people are just making personal decisions about the use of their time.
Go your own way
Whatever is happening it is happening because individuals are making decisions about their own lives.
The important thing is to do the same yourself.
If you really are jack of WoW, and don’t think under any circumstances you can resurrect that joy you once found, then congratulations, sounds like you just got your life back.. although you may pour it into something just as time consuming and derided by the community at large.
If you are really loving WoW, then find a room! Ohh yeah find a room and get your WoW groove on. Play like you have never played before.
If you are really loving WoW and bore your friends and family to tears talking about it all the time… then come blog, because you know what, we love your boring stories… they are exciting to us.
If you find a blogger that is under the radar, let them know how to become known… screw it, dob them in yourself to Twisted Nether or Blog Azeroth, give them one more reason to write one more post.
Anyway Darth & Driods is calling me…
Gnomer and Out!
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