So right now, I'm still not really sure about going back to WOW.
Playing the free version of the game has been nice. But when I think about it there seems to be more negatives than positives for me:
1) For starters, I'm not so sure that I would want to, or could really afford to subscribe to the game. $15/mo doesn't sound like much, but I just think there's more important things I can buy with that kind of money. And it would just be one more thing to spend money on, on top of everything else I use money for with every paycheck. And I don't need more expenses. It's part of the reason why I don't want to subscribe to PS Plus, aside from, I don't care too much about most online games.
2) My girlfriend downloaded the game and is messing around on it also, but it runs really kind of slow on her laptop. So that kills another of my initial reasons for wanting to play WOW again, to play it with her. I could maybe still play the game with my other pal, but it's a missed opportunity to spend time gaming with my partner.
3) Even if I were to buy the subscription, I'm not so sure that I would get my money's worth out of WOW anymore. Most days I am home when my girlfriend is at work and my online friend is at school. And I usually don't feel like playing video games on work days anymore. In fact, I really only play games about once or twice a week anymore. So paying a monthly fee to play a game one or two times a week... Idk.
4) WOW has changed a lot since I first played it in 2008, and it was already in the process of changing since its 2004 release. The changes to the game have always placed an emphasis on endgame content, while shrinking and speeding up starting areas and other mid-game content. The game is a lot easier nowadays. While this is good on one hand because it makes the game more laid-back and less OCD hell, it also feels like I'm just kind of going through the motions and there's no real reward for my time spent and accomplishments completed in the game.
5) Warlords of Draenor doesn't even come out until later this year. So it's a long wait for the visual changes I'm looking forward to. But when those visual changes arrive, the game might not run at all on my girlfriend's laptop. And that is really one of the few things I am even looking forward to with the expansion, everything else sounds like mostly more endgame content.
6) And last but not least, let's not forget that this is WOW - a game I have played before, and a game that I have stopped playing and restarted playing on a few occasions already. History is sure to repeat itself. Not only that, but all I seem to do is restart the game, and go through the same things all over again - as the same exact character. If I were to start playing the pay version of WOW again, then I'd probably have to recreate the character I am playing as in the free version yet again, or else pay more money to transfer him. And while WOW has changed a lot over the years, a lot remains the same.
It is also getting nicer outside, and I don't want to spend all of my time playing WOW. But that's more of a side-point.
All of these reasons add up to make a compelling argument against re-subscribing to WOW. So for the time being... I guess all I can say is I don't expect to make that full return to Azeroth again.
But I still have this free version. And I may mess around on it for a while, for something to do. I don't really know, I can't see the future! I guess that's just the thing, I don't know what I will do tomorrow or two months from now. But at the moment, I feel like it's in my best interests to just not go back to WOW. Especially right now.
And I guess that brings me into a whole other topic here, a much more broad one. Am I, actually, starting to 'grow out of' video games?
This thought has kind of occurred to me a lot lately. I just don't play video games like I did before, and I don't have lasting excitement over video games like I used to. I'm not really sure what I'm even looking for in a game these days. Maybe I'm just bored of it all right now?
Last year around this time, we got a PS3, and I spent a lot of time checking out games I'd missed out on for years due to not owning the PS3. I had fun with Demon's Souls, I played through Infamous, and found Fat Princess, among other favorites. But my interest in them waned with news of the upcoming PS4.
And so I spent lots of time looking forward to that! And then I got the PS4, and it was fun for a little while, but it is quickly losing its appeal. I became shockingly interested in the 3DS again, and since I got that it has been my favorite game system. ...But I still find myself going for long periods of time and not playing anything on it, and making hardly any progress on games I do own.
I also cut back on the list of games I plan on buying for this year, so far. Destiny? Don't care anymore. PS Plus? No thanks. I decided to ignore the vast majority of 3DS games in favor of only the select few titles I really want. And the indie games on the PS4 no longer have that 'spark' that they did whenever they were first unveiled. I also feel indifferent about Drakengard 3, the sequel to one of my favorite series' on the PS2. And the Wii-U, became a fleeting glimmer of hope in a world where game systems aren't what they used to be.
The main things I'm looking forward to, which have been announced for this year, are:
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Super Smash Bros. 3DS
Dragon Age Inquisition
and MAYBE Everquest Next
And those are the main ones. Those four games. I just... Don't even want to think about other games. I'm not even fully sure if I will completely enjoy each of these games. But to me, that sounds like enough games for a guy to want to pay full price for.
The scary thing, is how naturally I'm just kind of becoming disinterested in stuff.
I think part of the reason is, I've been to the rodeo before, several times already, you know? I've gotten hyped for games and then wound up disappointed. I bought a large collection of games and then only spent time playing the ones that really stood out. I've played countless sequels and remakes. I've seen online games change over the years. And I've played good games... But just couldn't get into them, for whatever reason. Maybe I was overwhelmed?
Maybe, after about a quarter of a century of being interested in video games, I've seen what I can expect to see from the medium for the foreseeable future.
It seems to me that there's something to age, that impacts my decreased interest in games. In less than 3 months, I will be 26 years old. I don't see anything wrong with people of any age being able to enjoy a video game, but I really can't continue to see myself, realistically, enjoying games in the way I ate, slept and breathed them during my teen years.
I read a really interesting interview with John Mellancamp in the April issue of Men's Journal. At one point, he mentioned that you gotta act your age, and welcome it. Maybe that's true, but maybe that's also inevitable. Maybe as we age, we just naturally let go of this or that, and focus on what is important to us in our current stage of life. At 25, I'm feeling certain ways about things that I just didn't before.
Regardless, of my age, or how I feel about games, I hope I can always appreciate creativity. I think I've always appreciated art in my own way since I was a child, and I wanted to be a cartoonist. Maybe that drive is still there. I think these days, I'm more hopeful about finding a way to do something I'm really passionate about for a living. I hope I will find a way to.