While doing my daily blog reading, I came across this post by Hudson of Angry Gamer. Now, I agree with most of what he has to say but one quote, in particular, struck a nerve with me:
“their LFG Dungeon Finder system was a better release than many so called “Triple A” MMO titles.”
I posted a comment on the blog and thought I would transfer it over here. So read on to find my feelings on this, oh so great, cross-server LFG tool.
The cross-server LFG tool was the final nail in the WoW coffin for me.
Can we make WoW any more impersonal? Random dungeon and random group mates that you will never see again?
I played WoW since before beta, on Mal’Ganis, which was the first high pop PvP server. Those times were great. The world was busy and populated, world PvP was fun and easy to find. You knew EVERYONE. Queue for a BG and you fought with and against people you knew, did an instance and it was the same. The server community was important and dynamic. Rivalries and alliances were created. You entered Warsong Gulch, looked across the field, saw who you were up against and knew right then how tough the fight was going to be. You hunted for certain people in the battlegrounds. It was fun.
Now, everything is cross-server. You have no idea who that person is across the field from you, because he is on some other server. Rivalries are few and far between. Now with the cross-server LFG it is even worse. It is like a series of one night stands, fun for a short time but it can all seem so impersonal.
In addition, because of the fact you can now queue for an instance anywhere, no one runs around in the world anymore. They all sit in Dalaran, waiting for the infamous “pop”. It is like the greater world has become a virtual chat room, while everyone sits around awaiting the queue to pop.
Frankly, it has killed the server communities and it sucks.
I have a co-worker who is still playing WoW on my old server, he started shortly after TBC and we often made fun of him because of his inability to save gold for his epic flying mount. I recently asked him if he had finally gotten it and he told me he no longer needed an epic flyer because most of his time is sitting in Dalaran and queuing the LFG tool and waiting for a pop. This is so sad. So much of the world is now dead because everyone is too busy queueing for instances with people they don’t even know. I lament the loss of the old server communities. I lament the loss of the rivalries and alliances. I miss that you no longer know anyone else in the battleground you enter and the instance you fight through.
I miss the old WoW.