Recently I haven't been playing much WoW. It's not because of any disinterest in the game, in fact, I'd love to be playing much more of it. Unfortunately for me though, with patch 5.4, WoW's system requirements finally became too much for my system. I can still putter around leveling toons -- as long as I stick to deserted areas and don't run in groups -- but I can no longer raid, even in small 10-mans, and things like Battlegrounds or the crowded Timeless Isle are completely out of the question.
As my system was sliding toward digital geezer-dom, I didn't necessarily realize what was happening, because that kind of decline occurs slowly over time. I did begin to notice that WoW was becoming more frustrating for to play, but it was a little while before I put my finger on exactly why. For a long time, I thought I was finally just getting to the point where I no longer had interest in the game, and I contemplated quitting. This made me sad, because I have a lot of good friends in WoW, and I didn't want to want to quit, if you know what I mean. Nonetheless, I figured that was where I was headed.
So when I realized that it was poor performance making me unhappy playing the game, and not the game itself, it came as somewhat as a relief. I ordered some necessary new parts that should speed up my machine, and I expect them to arrive this week. For the first time in a long time, I am once again eagerly looking forward to playing WoW for the sake of the game itself.
Have you ever had a moment like this, readers of WoW Insider? A time when you thought you were unhappy in WoW for one reason, but it turned out to be something else entirely? Was this a good realization? What did it take to breathe life into your playing experience again?