My favorite MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau is back for the 2009 MotoGP after coming out of his retirement in 2006. Although I'm ecstatic that Sete's back, he's obviously lost a step, clocking 13th in Qatar and a DNF in Motegi. We've got a whole season to go, though, so things can definitely get better. This whole business of coming back to the sport reminded me of players who have quit the game for one reason or the other. I mean, we've got pretty notable players like Phaelia and BigRedKitty who have put away their staves and guns in order to pursue other endeavors. It happens.
I got a message from an old friend this morning asking me if I still played WoW, saying that he might play again once he's finished moving to his new pad. Just like Gibernau, who once declined an offer to continue to race, we also know players who have come back to play the game. What interests me, however, is everybody's reason for coming back. Our GM, who quit midway through the Burning Crusade, was enticed by the promise of Wrath and became a total Achievement-addict, returning to the game and eventually leading us to remarkable raid progress.
Patch 3.1 and Ulduar, along with other game improvements, are certainly enticing to players. If you had to cast Scroll of Resurrection on an old player who's retired from the game, what arguments would you use to convince them? Or if you quit the game once before, what compelled you to play again? Was it something in the game? Was it merely a temporary break, and that you'd always intended to play again? Was it the invitation of friends? While we all have good reasons to quit the game, I know we have equally great reasons to come back.