My friend was talking to me the other day about how boring WoW was getting for him. He just got back into raiding and the repetitive-ness of it was killing him a little on the inside. I could understand that; I hate doing repetitive things too. That's why my highest level is a 63. Anyway, he was telling me about how bored he was and the topic drifted to the Aion open beta and how he said that a lot of the top PvPers in WoW said that it wasn't that great and he wasn't sure if he would try it because of it.
Now, the first thought that came to mind was: "Of course they're not going to like it. The Combat isn't exactly like wow. More chains and flying combat and the like." I then remember how my friend reacted to all the other MMOs that came out that I was excited about. I mean these were things like AoC which most people will agree were very fun at the very least for the first 20 levels. He just didn't seem very happy with it. Always saying how it wasn't fast enough or how there was no defined path or stat path (the way stats increase as you level. In AoC you can manually increase some stats), basically complaining that it wasn't WoW.
But at the same time he was tired of the game.
After seeing a few forum threads on the same AION topic, it dawned on me that A LOT of people who are currently playing WoW feel this way. Where a lot of people want something new, but not something different. I really think what people want is essentially WoW re-skinned/relocated, or at least that's what the reactions I'm seeing are leading me to believe.
At the very least people just don't want to have to re-adjust *or* only like that kind of game. Now I have actually seen a very few literal WoW Clones, but I know of at least one that exists. I can't remember the name of it off the top of my head. I'll post it later if I remember or gain some motivation to look it up. The reason this is not as popular though is because they feel almost exactly the same.
I really am not sure if there's recovering from WoW.
Now, these are just things I've noticed. I hope to God that the industry doesn't come to the same conclusion.
What are your thoughts?