It is amazing how serious people can become just because somebody they don't even know deletes his chars. I had to delete several comments on that quit-post that didn't contain anything else but insults. And you don't even want to know about the comments on the youtube video.
Of course, one reason one makes a rage-quit video is to get some attention. So, thanks for your attention, people ! :)
I want to elaborate a bit more why I quit WoW and what I am going to blog about next. First the fact that Pandas are childish may be true, but it is not the reason I quit. Hansel and Gretel is childish, yet I might absolutely play a game with this theme. I loved Buffy and still watch the series every now and then. I don't have a problem with childish themes per se.
Also, I did not quit because Blizzard uses an Asian theme. I don't have no problem with Asian themes. I loved Tiger and Dragon (Chinese), I'm absolutely in love with many Japanese themes. Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the best series ever! Remove those Pandas from the screenshots and everything were fine. Actually, I am not so certain this is going to be any success in Asia. If an Asian MMO introduced some expansion about King Arthur, would you want to play that? Blizzard had almost used Japanese styles on those Pandas, which would have been a really, really stupid mistake.
I don't care whether there was some Panda some decade ago in some Blizzard game I might not even have played (can't remember). I am not a lore buff. WoW lore itself wasn't bad, but was conveyed by walls of text. Their story telling is at the level of mine twenty years ago. ”Arthas did this, then Demon did that, then the King did this ... “. You were perfectly able to play in the World of Warcraft without ever learning anything about the lore. And Blizzard probably even thought that this is a good thing. Well, I did learn very little lore while playing the last six years.
This is not about the lore! This is about the style of the world that my character lives in. And since I like to invest hundreds of hours into such a character, the general feeling is important to me. Pandas just don't cut it for me and they will be everywhere with the next expansion. I'd probably sit in some Panda-city-hub full of Panda-NPCs and teleport to my daily Panda-style dungeon and my Panda-style raids, wearing Panda-style items, reading Panda style quests ...
Moreover, 90% of the announcements at this Blizzcon were about moving WoW even more away from the game I would like to play. The devs apparently 'realized' that people love the dungeon finder and want to add more 15 minutes activities. More power to them! The next guy who tells me that it's just a burnout is going to be laughed at really loud by me!
Finally, it wasn't hard to delete these chars. The lvl85 druid was in a guild that consisted of players I don't know - everybody I did know in that guild had quit during WotLK or earlier this year. The lvl85 Priest had been played up to itemlvl 355 in less than two weeks. In all that time there wasn't a single occasion when I was tempted to join any guild or any community whatsoever. In fact, I didn't even encounter any communities!
What did I lose? Two lvl85 characters that I had stopped playing already, because the only things I could do was run troll heroics or collect pets and mounts and achievements *roll eyes*. I liked playing that lvl 40 rogue in BGs, but even without any heirlooms he leveled too fast.
What am I going to play now? First Rift. I already made a short video showing the much better graphics, but much worse animations.
In three weeks I am going to play Skyrim and even though I fear that I will start as a dragonborn hero, I might be able to ignore this part of the game and explore a true virtual world. Unfortunately it is single player.
Next year I will have lots of fun with exploring SW:TOR. While it is just as bad as WoW in many respects and certainly not a virtual world, it at least doesn't do pop references. Perhaps external IPs aren't so bad after all!
Later next year Guild Wars 2 comes out and then, who knows? In any case: WoW is dead for me. Pandas, my ass.