I’m going to reply to this because I represent everything you hate about WoW now. Seriously. I’m really sorry I suck. But it’s a LOT to learn for someone just starting out. Let’s go down the list of what a noob needs to know:
1) Your class. No matter how much reading you do, it takes a while to really get a feel for your toon. I play a destro lock, and only after nearly a year playing almost daily do I feel like I’m finally doing the dps I should. It’s not just learning a spell rotation or using an addon (but still, thank the gods for spellflash). Taking all the factors into a fight and where you are in the fight and what’s coming next and putting that into deciding what the best spell to cast next is …that takes time to learn.
2..n) Other classes. I barely know what other classes can do. I’m playing another toon, a DK, but again, it’s a lot to learn about even with the online resources. So knowing that a hunter can do this or that and such, it’s going to take some time. Mentors are good—the most useful stuff I’ve learned hasn’t been from randomly stumbling across it online, it’s been from someone who saw me struggling and took the 5 or 10 minutes to give me a few pointers. Have you mentored anyone to make the game better?
n+1) The lingo. Honestly, I still have no idea wtf everyone is saying on the trade channel. When you have to look up every single acronym, in addition to trying to kill, collect, or farm whatever quest you’re doing… makes you want to give up on it. And then there’s slang for the lingo… noob guy doesn’t know what you’re talking about when you say “deeps”. Yea, I eventually figured it out, but again, it’s a lot of material.
So, give us new guys a break and help us out. Make us the hardcore gamers you want to see in the game. You can only learn so much by playing and reading and watching videos without making WoW into a career.
Nothing could compare to playing World of Warcraft two years ago. Wrath of the Lich King was in its final patch, the final wing of Icecrown Citadel had been released, and players who actually put time into the MMORPG felt special for doing so. Now Cataclysm supposedly could be the end of Azeroth…