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  1. Wharep


  2. Music-chan

    When warcraft does finally “die” and they turn off the servers, there won’t be a bunch of people yelling about it XD

  3. necromac

    So much Truth is here.

  4. Björn

    Haha genius! Annual pass. 😀

  5. miggedymike

    Great comic! I would have gone with ‘Pandagate’ for 2012.

  6. Paaperclips

    This is so true. 😛

    I’ll never understand why people want to see WoW die so much that they feel the need to constantly reassure themselves that it is. I guess it’s part of their desire to feel like they had the best idea and since Blizzard didn’t listen to it, they’re going to fail.

    Kind of like how you hope your ex’s next boyfriend/girlfriend will be a mistake and they’ll sit there scratching their head thinking about how much better things would have been if they made things work with you.
    (Or something like that.)

    Nonetheless, until we live in a perfect world where people can live and let live, this comic will continue to make me laugh. 😀

  7. Dreyfuss-Ner'zhul(US)

    @Paaperclips I think it’s because people don’t like the idea of the game they love being “tainted” by changes they don’t agree with. You hear a lot in entertainment circles that people would rather die in their prime than ruin their reputation and fade away.

  8. Miange

    I have been playing since the beginning and I’ve died off playing because of all the changes they do. It’s getting old to learn one way only for WoW to say “Oh Hey, We’ve decided this will be better….” all the changes get monotonous which makes playing get very dull. I still play, just not the way I used to.

  9. Alayea

    @Dreyfuss-Ner’zhul(US): Very true.

  10. Chaoslux

    They really shouldve gone with “PANDA AND POKEMONS” for 2012 :(

  11. Nikijih

    I disagree. WoW has opened massive markets in asia and yet subs are still on a steady decline. This game has been on the artificial respirator in NA for quite a while, actually. Most people I know who play the game do so for a few months after each xpack then just fade away from boredom.

  12. Schitso

    could also just be some sort of fascination with the world ending. No one cares what world ends, people just seem to have a need to look forward to an end.

  13. JesRaven

    Funny thing is, WoW has outlasted every single game thought to be a WoW-killer. The only ones still going that are even close are Rift (who put out that brilliant “We’re not in Azeroth anymore” ad campaign) and Guild Wars 2.

  14. Emma

    “I’ll never understand why people want to see WoW die so much that they feel the need to constantly reassure themselves that it is.”
    It’s old, stale, and getting kind of pathetic.
    It’s not that we want it to die so much as it NEEDS to die.
    It had it’s time and it was a good run. Just let the poor bastard die and let people make a new game.
    Your refusal to let WoW go is hurting the MMO genre. There will never be a “WoW killer” because WoW doesn’t HAVE to compete or improve.

  15. CrTe

    It’s cool to hate on the popular game. That’s why people want it to die.

  16. Falos

    “WoW sucks” is a subjective opinion and may be claimed by anyone who so desires, even without evidence.

    “WoW is dead/dying” is an objective observation pending measurable financial data.

    By the third line I’m usually making some comment about Blizzard’s solid-gold toilets existing whether they’re deserved or not.

  17. Sergei

    Emma, you commie, that’s not how competition works. WoW isn’t dominant because it’s bad; and new amazing MMOs aren’t going to come around if it benevolently kills itself for the good of the genre.

  18. life

    wow wont ever die…. ppl just need to get over it

  19. Emma

    “Emma, you commie, that’s not how competition works.”
    What competition Sergei? WoW is a monopoly.

    “WoW isn’t dominant because it’s bad”
    No, it’s dominant because it got very lucky and came in at exactly the right time, got better in the next expansion, and then declined but was supported by memories of the good ol’ days and then finally kept afloat by the rabid zealotry of it’s fans. WoW isn’t bad but it isn’t the second coming of the Flying Spagetti Monster either.

    “and new amazing MMOs aren’t going to come around”
    Yes they will?

  20. Perrin

    Emma, WoW will die when people stop playing it. People will stop playing it when there’s something better that doesn’t flop in 6 months. Sure it got in at a time when the MMO market was small and dominated it, but WoW is definitely not a monopoly. A monopoly is when someone stops other games from entering the market. WoW’s strength is it lets those games in, then copies their best bits to improve itself.

    It can’t help if the other games die because their ‘not so best bits’ are often quite painful (e.g. SWTOR).

  21. MAGO5

    The graphics are old.
    The gameplay mechanics are outdated and not-so-flashy anymore.
    The game itself can be tedious, frustrating, and sometimes just outright apocalyptically angering.

    And yet… WoW has a special magic to it. A childlike sense of wonder that draws you in and fills you mind with imagination and adventure that no other game can even come close to matching. That is why I keep coming back time after time.

  22. Alexander Krizak
    Alexander Krizak

    Honestly, WoW will never die. Maybe one day far in the future it’ll stop being the leader, but seriously, folks. Everquest, an MMO released in 1999 which never broke a half-million subscribers, is still running; heck, it got an expansion pack just last year. Ultima Online, an MMO released in 1997 which at its peak had a quarter-million subscribers, is still running. WoW is starting from a peak far higher than those two ever reached, an Everest to their gentle hills. It will never die.

  23. Shaojiu

    WoW is like Goku, everyone thinks it’s dead for good, but then people always just wish it back to life.

  24. Slidth

    One of the reasons wow has survived so long, is that it didn’t have competition while it was getting through its growing pains, while these other mmo’s have had to compete with the world’s largest mmo through their growing pains. People switch over, have to deal with the overpopulation of a new mmo and all the people flooding starting zones, server troubles, release bugs, and patches and go back to their safe and comfortable wow. The new mmo’s initial burst in subscribers rapidly declines because most people don’t give them time to fix its problems, the company loses faith in it, and it either slowly turns into a wow clone, abandoning any original mechanics it had, goes free to play, or just dies.

  25. Zorellion

    Wow will be running just as long, if not longer than Everquest / Everquest 2. Stop crying about the game dying simply because it is going through changes. It is a fad amongst pseudo-elite gamers, or as I like to call them the “gainfully unemployed”. Please try and understand that the world of warcraft nor the actual world in which we all live in revolves around you. It is lame to yell either world is ending as none of us have sufficient proof of the event. 9.6 million is still more than any other subscriber base of any competing, non-competing or free to play mmo on the market currently or ever in production. If you like another mmo,by all means, go play it. You all act as if you have some sort of insight into blizzard’s financials. Get a life pseudo-elite gamers. Defeating a heroic raid boss will not look good on your résumé, or make you look less fat in “those” pants or lack there of. For God’s sake, please put on some pants, you know who you are……

  26. JesRaven

    ““and new amazing MMOs aren’t going to come around”
    Yes they will?”

    Way to take half a sentence out of context Emma. What Sergei was trying to say is that if Blizzard did fall on its sword with WoW, it wouldn’t inspire other publishers to push out a truly great game.

  27. Paaperclips


    This is the part I don’t understand: “Your refusal to let WoW go is hurting the MMO genre. There will never be a “WoW killer” because WoW doesn’t HAVE to compete or improve.”

    First off, don’t assume people who defend WoW only play WoW. I play a wide variety of MMOs and give them all credit where credit is due. I love many of the features of RIFT, so I play RIFT. I love GW2, so I play GW2. But I also love WoW (I know! So crazy! How could I?!” so I play WoW.

    By why does the fact that Blizzard doesn’t have to compete prevent a “WoW killer” from rising? If there was ever a game that I felt could replace WoW in my heart, I’d play it. But I still love WoW for what WoW has. Just like I love other MMOs for what they have.

    WoW is old, but for many it is not stale and it is not boring. Those are all matters of personal opinion. It does not NEED to die. That would help nothing. If anything, it would make other developers get lazy and stop polishing their games so much. If you believe so strongly that WoW needs to die, maybe it’s not the game for you. In which case, I’m sorry that you stumbled across this website by mistake, you must have been looking for “The Daily Blonk”, which is a site for something else probably.

    I understand though. The keys are like, right next to each other. It’s a common mistake.

  28. Emma

    I come here because I do play WoW myself. I play it because sometimes I feel like playing an MMO with people in it that isn’t Rift, GW2, or the two faction stations in SWTOR.
    There will never be a WoW killer because no game not created by the owners of the worlds first time machine will have the 9+ years of content/polish WoW has and without that the majority will scurry off back to WoW soon followed by sad people like me that got sick of empty servers and lack of patches/content caused by the makers all but giving up.
    I don’t hate WoW but I don’t particularly like the rose coloured glasses its fans have superglued to their heads either. (I do hate every single person that so much as mentions Titan though. There is no Titan, no plans for Titan, and as long as WoW has legions of paying customers there never will BE a Titan.)

  29. Cebrail

    Dear Emma,

    Please stop with your invalid and personal complaints, or at least stop presenting them as if they are fact.

    WOW does not prevent other MMO’s, it does not prevent “Titan” whatever that is and it is not WOW’s fault that other MMO’s flop.

    WOW did not “win” because of luck, it was not the first MMO or “the one that hit the right moment” as you claim, there were other MMO’s there but none of them did what WOW did, which was to deliver a fun, polished game.
    Everquest, Ultima Online, Anarchy Online, Dark Age of Camelot and so on were all from the same time, they all had their time and did well, but all had major errors that WOW did not and does not suffer from now.

    Also, fun fact, WOW setting a high standard for content and activities ingame does not prevent other MMO’s from doing the same, it’s just setting the bar high which is a good thing for us MMO players, afterall if the best product did not set the standards, we would all still be using horse and carriage, because why use a car when the horse-carriage can get you there as well ?

    Please stop blaming WOW for your personal feelings and stop blaming people who still play and enjoy WOW for not agreeing with your statement of it being bad, bland, boring or any other derogatory statement.

    I play WOW and have on and off, I play it after an expansion comes out and after 7-8 months I get bored again, I go play other MMO’s then (and even play some while playing WOW) but most of them does one of the following.

    1: Lack’s polish, game has basic errors or miss basic things (See: FF Online)
    2: Lack’s content, once you hit level-cap and there’s nothing left to do with any real meaning (See: SWTOR)
    3: Lack’s unique flavor (See: RIFT, many class/combo’s, but their usage is the same)
    4: Lack’s “minigames”, e.g. things to do when you got a little time, want to do something fun/meaningfull but don’t have the time or inclination for leveling/dungeon’s (See: GW2)

    WOW has it’s faults, it’s old, it suffer’s from many of the above issues, but it either suffer less from them or it has other things to make up for it.

  30. Siirenias

    Dungeons and Dragons could. What’s holding them back, really?

    I know there have been D&DO games, but…I rarely hear any good buzz about it. Maybe I’m just not listening, but I certainly didn’t see anything about it in this comment thread!

  31. Lux

    Dear Cerebrail,

    You are a patronizing loser who just spend twice the word count making the same point as Emma. Please do everyone a favor and uninstall your life. Please stop rationalizing your entertainment choices by bashing folks that disagree with them and grow some self-esteem.

  32. TheScepticOne

    My humble opinion about WoW:

    I’ve played WoW at max for about 4 years (tbc+wotlk), after that I just went Off and On at exp realeases. Although I dont like how the game turned out (talents, classes, trees, everyone’s a TANK/HEALER/DPS etc), I’ve tested lots of MMOs but could not get past the “WoW was so much better at this chapter” thing. The few MMOs that I hopped to make WoW “the 2nd best” are now F2P, and that just says it all.
    I’ve activated the game 3 days ago, yesterday I’ve entered for about 10mins, was overwhelmed of all the things I have to do to be UpToDate for stuff like BGs and LFR. A rl friend who is still playing in a hardcore guild doing HC raids and achievs told me “Why the hell did you activate it ? If you wanna play, you better try anything else, since the game its a total wreck!”, that afirmation while he was raiding :)))
    Anyways there is something special about WoW that makes me activate it a month per year, when I do everything thats to be done. Now, to replace all that adrenaline rush I would get from doing Arenas, I just play Dota 2 :)

    All the best.

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