I was just thinking about this. I enjoy WoW, but I REALLY just enjoy hanging out with friends and playing games.
WoW makes that very easy.
When I don't have any friends that are playing a game like WoW with me, I feel like I really lose something.
I like making gold.
I like doing instances.
I LOVE playing with people in an interactive world.
Many of my WoW friends have quit playing. I have stopped making new in-game friends. Much of this has to do with the Dungeon Finder. It was awesome in Wrath because all of my friends were still playing. Now, I find it lacking.
With the dungeon finder, there is not much reason to even find new people to play with.
I remember when getting into a guild happened through being a decent player and person when you ran a 5 man or raid with a group of people. Now, with Guild Perks, it is advantageous to have the biggest group possible. Not a small and tight nit group.
I am in a very good raiding guild. I have not raided at all in this expansion. I stayed because I like the guild perks.
The small family and friends guild that my best friends and wife are in is at just level 9. I have been contemplating switching toons over, but then it would feel like I lost some of what I worked for in the previous guild.
If my friends were not playing WoW at all.....I don't know that I would. Perhaps I would make new friends like I did back in the day. Or maybe not.
Star Wars is coming out, and I will be doing that for a bit. Then I am sure I will be playing WoW again when Pandaria comes out. I like content. I like people more.