… nah, I don’t think so.
There are many reasons I stopped playing WoW. The first and foremost was that there were so many blasted servers that after the initial scatter, and then several re-homes, of all my previous-MMO friends, I ended up being invested too much in a server where few of them played, and I didn’t want to start over again, again. Then the friends I did have on the server I was on stopped playing, or did move servers and started over. I tried making new friends and joining new guilds, but frankly everywhere I ended up was full of one of two kinds of people, 1) hardcore, you must play now, fanatics who wanted everyone to be on all the time and either farming or raiding, or 2) people who were so casual that the guild was little more than a chat channel while everyone played alone together, soloing their way to glory. Then when Battleground turned into nothing by a grinding gear-fest, I lost my last reason to play. I wanted to PvP, but I didn’t want to spend the time, effort, or money required to gear up enough to be able to last more than a few seconds. And the game supports no method by which you can PvP against only similarly geared people.
Despite my distaste for how things ended, World of Warcraft has remained installed on my PC even though my account is cancelled. But not anymore. I’m just removed it and I’m never going back.
For one, I’m going to be picking up Warhammer Online, and I’ve put myself in with a fairly organized group of people who don’t seem to be hardcore slave-driving raid-mongers nor solo-only chatoholics. For another reason, you need only see the direction WoW has decided to continue heading… and by that I mean into silliness. With the next expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, Blizzard is putting motorcycles into the game. WoW has always been a pun filled humorous type game. Even back in its origins at an RTS game, humor was embedding in the voices of the units (if you kept clicking the same unit over and over again they eventually got upset with you and demanded you stop touching them), but WoW has always been a step further. Mostly, the things in game could be easily ignored, or avoided. Or, most importantly, they were things you sought out, saw, and then went back to not seeing them. Funny names and odd sites are great fun when they pop up from time to time. But this is different… how often do you see people on mounts? Your answer is probably like mine, “All the time.” So now, we are going to have motorcycles riding around all over the place. Not being a flying mount, they will probably be unrestricted, meaning you can ride them around the old world.
If they really wanted to put motorcycles in the game, have them be funny, but not have them be ubiquitous, they could have put in a gnome somewhere, with a motorcycle, who will help you build one. It would be a series of quests that would give out a couple rewards, but ultimately give out a motorcycle mount, limited uses (10 or 20), non-repeatable. Of course, people would cry about not being able to keep the mount, but a few people crying is better than unleashing the World of Motorcyclecraft, in my opinion.
With that, I’m done. And I’m never going back.