These threads always amuse me. "I don't want to do any work for anything" is vastly different than "This would be better for the game." Honestly I don't think the developers are at fault for this, I hate the rep grinds, but I realize its because I've grown accustomed to not really caring about them. So its taken me a bit longer to get to that "optimized" feeling, and really the community is responsible for creating the competitive environment where people feel like they have to have x amount of gear and x amount of item level by x time-frame in order to stay relevant. Relax! Enjoy the game! Enjoy the content, the story...sometimes I forget why I started playing these games...I played RPGs when I was little, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy, Lufia, Breath of Fire...you want to talk about grinding, some of those games had some grinds...often they were self-inflicted punishment, meaning you could skip them if you wanted to, but those of us who enjoyed those games enjoyed the epic feeling of questing and gaining power...of fighting random battles outside of town to buy that new sword, even though you had to kill 900,000 mobs. I think Mists of Pandaria is leagues above Cataclysm in terms of what it offers, and I hope they never return to the Cataclysm format. It felt rushed, lazy, and while I may never compete with the highest guilds, the fun is in the journey.
With that said, there is never anything wrong with taking time off from a game. It's a game. Your 15 dollars is not going to shape the direction of the game, and if you are genuinely that upset with the current offering, maybe its time to take a break.
P.S.! 7th Saga!...anybody who played that game knows what I'm talking about.
P.P.S. I imagine if Blizzard satisfied the conditions of the person who posted this thread, we would see another thread pop up where somebody was angry with how easy it was for everybody to get their gear. These guys can't win, haha. I love the game. I've loved every Blizzard game since I played Diablo. There are other game companies who don't put the same amount of love into their products, so the fact that we can even have these conversations is awesome. Keep it up Blizzard. Don't ever lose the mentality that made the company successful.
Edited by Valoric on 11/13/2012 11:45 PM PST