I’ve never been one to idolize world size or travel times in MMO games. I don’t really believe that ‘slow travel makes the world seem bigger’. But I put up with travel in MMO games because, however much it annoys me, it rarely rises into my list of top ten concerns.
But … I’m finished reading all the new blog posts in Google Reader, I’m all caught up with both Salon and Sinfest, and I’m considering starting on next year’s taxes — and I’m not even halfway done with this quest. If you are familiar with WoW, here’s a quick sketch: Wintersping to Eastern Plaguelands to Azshara to Eastern Plaguelands to Un’Goro … and after that to Feralas and then back to Eastern Plaguelands.
For those of you not familiar with World of Warcraft, here’s the summary: I’ve been traveling for the past 30 minutes, I’ve had to kill one creature, and if I continue I have another 30 minutes of travel ahead of me before anything else interesting happens.
But I’m stopping here. Ultimately I don’t care about the reward or future quests in this chain or even, really, saving the world. I’m bored. I’m leaving.
So be careful when you ‘make the world seem bigger’: because it doesn’t matter how big your world is if I’m too annoyed to play.