Having freshly dinged level 79, I’m now just one level away from the cap in World of Warcraft. I’m currently questing in Sholozar Basin and to be honest, I couldn’t be any more indifferent of my experience there. It’s the same old, same old. The environment, like all of Northrend, looks very nice but the quests are just more of the same uninspired stuff I’ve done a thousand times previous. I’m using the same attacks, spells, and button-press routines I’ve done countless times before. WoW is very cyclical for me; sometimes I log in and have a great time, other times, not so much.
Pictured above is my two year old daughter, my little budding rock star. She discovered our Rock Band 2 set a few months ago and since then it’s rare that a day goes by where she doesn’t ask to go downstairs for “music”. Sometimes she wants mommy and daddy to play the instruments while she dances, shaking her tiny butt back and forth, while other times she likes to whale away on the drums. Either way, she has a blast, as do I just watching her. Unlike WoW, I’ve never equated Rock Band with not having fun.
This past weekend my wife and I had some friends over for a Rock Band night. Once my daughter was bathed and soundly asleep, we brought out our band (The Ginger Toupées) and rocked away into the night. Much fun was had by all. When it came time to shut down for the evening we discovered that the “No Fail” mode had been left on from my daughter’s earlier play session and none of our tour progress had been saved. Oops.
No one seemed to mind though. “We’ll just do it all over again on our next Rock Band night,” was the common refrain. There isn’t one member of The Ginger Toupées who is dreading the next Rock Band night knowing we have to re-do a bunch of gigs; we’re all looking forward to it in fact. If it were up to me we’d be playing right now, dag-nabbit! Now, just imagine that for whatever reason the WoW databases were rolled back 24 hours. How willing would you be to re-do content you just completed in WoW? I for one would have to seriously force myself to do so, and would probably be pretty ticked off while doing it.
So, why is repetition in one game fun, while an annoying grind in another?