There’s this common thing that I see on many blogs, particularly ones that cover multiple MMOs. It goes like this, for example:
“I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I’m back in WoW again.”
Sometimes, this is rephrased to say the opposite but still giving the same effect:
“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m excited about the WoW expansion.”
It’s popular to consider World of Warcraft to be the MMO that only the most un-cool of gamers enjoy. The new hotness is fashionable, and it’s totally cool to be playing FFXIV or Rift or Guild Wars 2. But if you happen to be playing WoW, the game that 7+ million people are still subscribed to, you have to use a disclaimer before talking about it. Why is that? It’s *still* the most successful MMORPG ever. It’s still the biggest and most popular. It’s right up there with EQ2 in terms of having the largest world and most content to play. It’s almost like people view WoW as a sick addiction. “I’m back in that game again, despite my best efforts to resist the temptation.” Why resist? WoW is a pretty freaking awesome game even to this day.
Maybe everyone else is a bunch of MMO hipsters who have to be playing the obscure underdogs, and we’re just too mainstream for them.