The wait is over (at least for those of us that preordered like normal human beings). But already I’m noticing the same old barrage of comments about how World of Warcraft (WoW) did “this” better, or “that” better. I agree. There are things that WoW has done really well. Many things. That’s why it changed how people view MMO’s. The people who I interact with in The Old Republic (TOR), have stopped playing WoW years ago however. So why did you stop if it was so amazing?
Here’s the reality: it got old. But they don’t like that they can’t have it both ways. They don’t want a World of Warcraft cookie-cutter game with a Star Wars story line. But they also want all the good stuff from WoW. So this is what I hear from almost every person that feels the desire to bring it up (I don’t just hear one of these, I hear them both, FROM THE SAME PERSON always):
- Yeah, that’s cool I guess. But they stole that from WoW and just tweaked it a bit.
AND THEN LATER…
2. Why don’t they have __________ like WoW?! FAIL! Do your research!
Is it a perfect game? No. Is it fun, and new, and exciting? Yes. Will it be as good as WoW? In some ways it can’t be. WoW was the beginning of the change. It’s like saying that U2 is the best band ever (this is an example not a statement of belief). Well OK, but what about the Beatles? They started this whole revolution in the first place, and they did it really well!
I’ve decided that I will play TOR. Because a large part of my WoW friends are all playing it too, and I get to relive a bit of that life, while still moving on. I just can’t stand the negative attitudes simply because “its been done before”. It’s all been done before, that’s why I feel so at home.