I started playing the day after Xmas last year and thankfully I just sold my account the day after Xmas this year for a few hundred bucks and I have to say…it was not worth my time at all once I hit level 60. The game is way too gear-oriented, and the raids take up far too much time. I totaled up 50 played days or so and if you do the math out, that’s about 3.5 hours a day. 50 days of your life on a video game is not what it should be all about, but that’s part of the reason why Blizzard is making a killing.
They have over 7 million paying customers of WoW now. Unlike Guild Wars, this game requires a HUGE investment of time just to be able to keep up with the best-geared on the server (gear = skill).
When working on new content, I sometimes did 6 or 7 hour stints of raiding with 39 other people late at night. It killed both my grades as well as my social life. Finally, I got the brains to sell my account for about 600 dollars. Doing that out I made…2 dollars an hour.
Yep, 2 mangy bucks an hour playing a game that I stopped enjoying when I hit 60 (although I played for 37 more total days after that). I could’ve gotten a real job and made 18,000 dollars instead if i had invested my time in that rather than the silly game. People in my guild played the game like it was their job, and oftentimes they didn’t even have a real life one. Freshman year of college really sucked with WoW being a major player in my life, let me tell ya.
A word to the wise for all you Warriors, Paladins, Shamans, Priests, Mages, Warlocks, Rogues, Hunters, and Druids out there…quit before Tuesday!!!