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I have decided not to renew my subscription to World of Warcraft

They had, for a long time, a check mark in the interface that prevented you from inadvertently becoming vulnerable to pvp (player versus player) attacks. Since that's not my idea of a good time, I left that protection consistently checked.

However, in the run-up to the new expansion, they removed that, with the result that gangs acting an awful lot like classic teenage bullies have discovered they can now get in your face, and your toon will eventually (as in "within a few seconds") do something that enables them to gang up on you, repeatedly killing your character.

The game gear that's best against other players is also NOT the game gear that's best against virtual monsters, so this further encourages these killjoys, as the odds are with them even if they happen to be alone - odds are the other guy has the monster gear on and they will be able to kill them easily. They proceed to do so repeatedly. This entire cycle happened to me twice today. So it took these groups of wannabe thugs less than two weeks to figure out that protection that was previously provided is now absent. If my experience with the online gaming community is any guide, this problem will get worse, not better.

Since Activision, Blizzard, and World of Warcraft are no longer catering to the type of game I prefer, I'm declining to give them any more of my money. This might change if they revise their policy, but judging by the attitude of the official response my complaint got, I do not consider this likely.

I am making a recommendation for anyone considering buying World of Warcraft or returning to the game after an absence NOT to do so.

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