I think that Cynwise said it best. He described WoW as a game, under-girded by a social platform. Ok, that wasn’t exactly it, but pretty close.
While people can play WoW as a solo gamer, I believe that something is missed in solo play.
Don’t get me wrong, I leveled solo with my first character, all the way to 60 (Vanilla WoW). I didn’t get into group play until the Burning Crusade expansion.
Instancing and Raiding isn’t the full extent of the Social aspect of the game. We can’t forget guilds, pvp teams, and many other social aspects (some character generated) of the game.
These things add a depth to the game, that solo players don’t experience.
I saw a dusty track in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms the other day. I knew that meant Portent was up! I already have the purple/blue and red version of this wonderful pet.
So, I track him down, mark him; and it was one I already have.
What do I do? I immediately get on guild chat, to see if any lvl 90 hunters are on.
Turns out, one was alting around; and he was able to get on his lvl 90, get to the Vale, and tame Potent!
His taming of the pet was just as satisfying for me, as me taming the pet!
I helped a guildie; and that was a wonderfully satisfying experience.
WoW is experience better, together.