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VentureBeat - Why I (and probably 600,000 others) stopped playing World of Warcraft. Thanks nin.
I think Blizzard dropped the ball by trying to artificially extend the life of the expansion by making the game too hard for casual players. I got to the end of Cataclysm and started running heroic dungeons suped up versions of the regular dungeons that are designed to be the next natural level of progression. They have better rewards that are more suited to their difficulty. And I was struck by just how hard those dungeons were.

Like, really hard. Ridiculously hard. Enough to make me start yelling at my screen.

Joystick Division - Rethinking Online Gaming. Thanks Joker961.
Forget ever-improving graphics and blazing processors and goofball motion controls. The greatest advancement in console gaming over the last decade has been online play. From old friends halfway across the country to that dude right down the street whose apartment smells like a summer camp bathroom, online gaming lets us play with people we can't or don't want to hang out with in person, something that was impractical to impossible just ten years ago. Recent events have shown the downside of online dependency, though. Can the internet be trusted as a vital foundation for a video game, or should online be treated as a special bonus instead of a core feature?

16. Re: Op Ed May 13, 2011, 17:13 PropheT
Ray Marden wrote on May 13, 2011, 17:00:
Completely avoiding the second biggest negative; internet egos,

I agree with everything you said, but this was the biggest reason why I quit.

It's not that it wasn't possible to learn the harder content and make progress despite the other's that it wasn't worth suffering through a community where every single person seems to look at the people next to them as bad players who need to learn to play.
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  6. May 13, 13:49  Re: Op Ed Darks
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>> 16. May 13, 17:13        Re: Op Ed PropheT
  18. May 13, 17:35         Re: Op Ed Krovven
  19. May 13, 17:37         Re: Op Ed Dades
  17. May 13, 17:24        Re: Op Ed Krovven
  20. May 13, 17:40         Re: Op Ed Ray Marden
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