I get annoyed at this time and again. Over and over, Blizzard demonstrate a complete lack of caring about the majority of their paying customer base. Yes, this is a rant.
I enjoy playing World of Warcraft – to some degree. There are things I don’t enjoy very much about the whole experience, such as the whole “grinding” aspect (that is, repeating something over and over again until you’ve gained enough points/gold/items of one type or another to gain a reward).
But all of that could be put down to me looking for different things in games than other people – I know of a few people who actually enjoy that. Myself, I like the questing part, as each quest you complete gives you a little part of the world’s storyline. People have different tastes.
However, people also have a different idea of how much time and effort they want to spend in/on WoW. That’s really partially dependent on people’s position in life. But while I can’t come up with exact demographics of the player base, I can sum up one essential truth about it: The vast majority of players will never play high-level content.
The reason for that is, that in order to get to the high-level content, you have to go through all the intermediate stuff, which requires two things of you:
- A lot of spare time on your hands.
- A guild full of people with a similar amount of spare time on their hands.
So, invariably, people who play high-level content are those with not too many responsibilities in life. The majority will be students – old enough to play all night long with no parents to annoy them, but young enough to both be able to stomach night after night of raiding, and just lectures to look forward to, where you have to attend, not pay attention.