On The Eve Of 'Lich King,' My Boyfriend Is Ditching 'World of Warcraft'

Three days until the release of the new "World of Warcraft" expansion:

Does the couple that stays together have to play "World of Warcraft" together?

I am fortunate that I have a significant other who also plays "WoW." Sure, there are guilds and groups, but having a built-in partner who's ready to play whenever you are is pretty convenient. Or at least he was a built-in partner.

Even though my boyfriend's been a "WoW" player since the game launched in 2004, and we've been playing together ever since we starting dating, he said he's ready to move on.

He explained that he simply feels lukewarm about the expansion's launch this week, and that when you've played one game on and off for nearly four years, there aren't any more surprises. In other words, the honeymoon is over.

I said we needed to talk. I asked, "But what about the new Death Knight class? Or flying mount combat?" While he's interested in those things, he said that overall, the classes and combat have become too similar, and that the quests are too repetitive. He's enjoyed his time in Azeroth, but the flames have died out. He'll always have a place in his heart for "WoW," but he wants to see play other games.

I also learned he's been playing "Warhammer Online" when I'm not at home. And not just with someone else -- with everyone else in the game's Public Quests (where nearby players band together to complete larger, tougher quests) and Scenarios (PvP battlegrounds).

Therefore, it's not me, it's the game -- so he says. *sniff, sniff*

"WoW" players, have you been having doubts about playing another "WoW" expansion? If so, what would it take for "WoW" to spark up the romance again? Assorted chocolates, a bouquet of flowers or something more?

Either way, it looks like I need a new cohort for "Wrath of the Lich King."

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