Last night, as the Grand Council meeting was wrapping up (we were finalizing our Wrath plans and talking about updating to the newest Group Calender) I asked if anyone had been to Orgrimmar to see the current World Event. Most of the GC were unaware that a new world event had started. I launched into a short explanation of what was going on in Org.. the lore.. and possible implications (all boring stuff that in retrospect they may not have cared about). Finally, one of the GC members asked “Ya, but what do we get?” and in that short sentence she captured the feeling from most of the WoW population.
So far the mobs drop no loot, there’s no quest to kill them, there’s no tabard for defending Org or the harbor and at this point.. players just can’t be bothered. “Oh, they attacked our harbor.. yeah(slightly bored now).. back to emptying my bank so I can get on the boat on Thursday.”
Right there.. That is the crux of the problem. It’s a bigger problem than just Wrath. Experiencing the lore, seeing the beautiful landscapes, doing non-standard quests are all secondary to “what’s in it for me?”. If you remove the story and the images then almost all quests are reduced to FedEx quests or “Kill 10 rats”. Add to that, the quests that -aren’t- reduced to that are annoying because you actually have to go back and read the quest text in order to figure out what you have to do.
To Blizz and the larger part of the player base, leveling 1-70 isn’t “fun”, it isn’t a chance to see beautiful things and follow along with entrancing lore and quest lines.. instead it’s a boring grind-fest that stands between you and your goal. The end game. So they get to the end game.. and then they whine that there’s so little of it.. and that they’re -bored- doing the same thing over and over again. WELL DUH!
My advise to myself, to you and to anyone else who reads this: slow down, look around, read the quest text. It’s only new once. I’m not saying you have to lolly-gag your way to 80.. but there’s more to the game than just the endgame. Blizzard spent more time developing EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE GAME and very little time on the endgame. Get your money’s worth! The lore is -amazing- and it’s way more fun when you’re “in” on the stories. Look at things. There are beautiful graphics in the game. Find something beautiful, surprising, horrifying, amusing EVERYDAY. Otherwise you might as well be playing a MUD(text based Multi User Dungeon).