It’s a very timely little secret, given the near-fanatical ravings flying around recently about what may or may not be be happening in the upcoming expansion and whether it does or does not suck and if it may or may not totally destroy the game.
I’m not interested in the WoW news that will get announced at Blizzcon.
Quite frankly, I don’t really care. I haven’t even read the “leaks” posted on MMO-Champion!
Now – before you tar and feather me for being a heretic that doesn’t worship at the feet of the next expansion, hear me out on this one.
I’m not interested in the next expansion because I’m too busy playing this one.
I’ve got RP to work out, raids to help organize, healing to do, alts to level, and just frankly too much stuff that I want to do NOW in Wrath of the Lich King. We’re learning a new instance, Aely’s knee deep in RP (and seriously worried about something called “Yumm-Saron Veggie Stew”… don’t ask), and Annie Mae is just about ready to transition into Outland.
The next expansion will come soon enough. And when it gets here, I want it to be new and exciting. I want to be surprised by things, and enjoy the discovery of just what all has happened since we pwnt Arthas (which we haven’t even DONE yet).
Planning out how my class will or won’t work in an expansion that WILL change drastically between now and it’s release is a waste of my time. I can do all the planning I want – and then see it all go up in smoke when someone changes their mind later on.
So I’m not interested in knowing every nitty gritty detail of the next expansion. Doing so steals a lot of the joy that I get out of discovering things on my own. It’s the same reason I don’t play on the PTR, or do new bosses on the test realms.
Will I read about it?
Eh – a little, if I get bored and am not getting bombarded by OMG BLIZZCON constantly. I might even talk about it with a few friends, because, as a blogger, I really do need to keep on top of the major currents of the game.
Will it get forced on me from every angle, resulting in my dropping out of chat channels, not logging in to twitter, and avoiding chatrooms for a week so I don’t have to listen to the same info get hashed and rehashed and rehashed over and over again?
I realize that this secret that I have is an unusual one – that “everyone” loves patch notes, loves to speculate wildly, to spend hours getting their blood pressure up about how some change is AWFUL or AWESOME or OMG – but I’m not “everyone”. If reading about patch notes and making crazy speculations and drooling over the new expansion announcements makes you happy? Go for it! There are many people that will enjoy the same kinds of discussions!
I want to enjoy what I have now, and I’ll enjoy what’s coming when it gets here.
(My other secret is that I /am/ looking forward to the information about Diablo III that will be coming at Blizzcon. I’m not actively playing Diablo right now, and I’m looking forward to the new game releasing sometime next year or so. But I still won’t be compulsively refreshing the webpages or watching the live feed for it! We have months to read about and get used to these changes!)
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