Originally Posted by Murlocke
I was in a sponsored WoW raiding guild, and forced to raid about 12 hours a day to ensure that we kept the best rank possible. Raids were not optional, and only very serious RL emergencies allowed us to skip a night without being removed from the guild. When I quit we were ranked 3rd in the US. I hated it, it wasn't a game, it was a job and a chore - but it was still addicting and being apart of the .000001% of people that were in such a guild was thrilling.
Not going to say the guild though, because I sold my account for a few thousand dollars.
There's no way i'm going back to WoW, my character was ranked one of the best in the USA.. and to earn most of that back is impossible and to earn back what I could would take YEARS.
Thought something like that was the case, I mean yeah you look back on it and say it was a grind and hard work and tedious to the max, but in the end isn't that what really gives it purpose? People who work hardcore 50-60 hour a week jobs always tell me they hate the damn gig and their real life begins after work or on the weekends. But on that same note they always tell me they couldn't imagine life without that work, they'd simply be bored to death.
Lets put it like this, you were so involved in WoW that you did garner some satisfaction out of it and being one of the best in the realm, no other game you play has that aspect to it.
I felt exactly the same way, I was really competitive in guild wars team PvP and yeah looking back on it there was so much damn drama within our guild, so many forced scrimmages and GvGs, but the relish of defeating our opponents and being better than other people in rank and in recognition is what made the game what it was to me. No other game since has been that engaging for me, not to mention I still remain good friends with a lot of the people I played with. The bonds and the competition made it the most fun out of all the games I've played everything else now is just: buy it, beat it, forget it, and move on to the next game. Multiplayer and community is what gives games lasting power in the mind of the gamer and the market-- no one can play a single player game for that long.