When asked why I chose to play on a PvE server there are two answers that would seem obvious. One is that I am not good at PvP and the other is that I do not like PvP. While there is a grain of truth in both of those statements they are also filled with falsehoods.
While I am not very good at PvP it is because I do not do it often enough to get good at it. If I had rolled on a PvP server I would have become a better PvPer, that is just simple common logic. It is also not that I do not like PvP, quite the opposite, I really do enjoy PvP. I just do not like a perpetual PvP environment.
And that is where the answer for why I play on a PvE server comes from. It is not because I want to be on a "care bear" server but because I want control. Control over what I do and when I do it.
If I just want to quest I just want to quest. I do not want to have to stop for an epic battle with people my own level every few minutes. I do not want to get camped by higher levels while I wait for my back up to make it to me to even the playing field. I do not want to log out and switch to another character is there is not someone that can help me. I just want to quest. I do not want to take my time out from questing to kill someone else because even if it would be easy to kill them it will slow me down. When I am out questing I want to quest. Nothing more, nothing less.
When I have to kill 12 voodoo gnomes and there are a total of 20 in the area with 6 people on the quest it is frustrating enough. I hate waiting for respawns and then playing a game of who can tag the mobs first. It is not fun game play or compelling game play it is just annoying. I am playing to quest and that is what I want to do, I do not want to add more crap on top of an already annoying situation by having to PvP while waiting to finish my quest that I should have been done with already if it weren't for 5 other people here killing my freaking gnomes.
I'll be the first to admit that I do often wish I could just kill the other 5 people there so when those voodoo gnomes respawn I have no competition but in a pros vs cons side by side the pros of being able to kill those 5 people would not outweigh the con of those 5 people being able to kill me. I just want to get the quest done and move along.
I look at a PvE server as a controlled environment, at least as controlled as you can get in a multi player game. So when I want to go mining, I go mining. When I want to go questing, I go questing. When I want to fly from point A to point B I don't have to worry about being slowed down.
The beauty of this is when I want to PvP it is a simple flag switch, queue up, or invasion into an unfriendly zone away. This is why I play on a PvE server, control. I control when I PvP, how I PvP, and if I want to PvP at all.
I don't really get offended by the term "care bear" like some people do but I do think that most people that use the term do not understand what being on a PvE server means. It does not mean you do not want to PvP, it just means that when you are not in the mood for PvP you do not have too. There is a huge difference.
I've often flown around mining flagged, so if something pops up, it pops up. Not because I am looking for a fight but because I am not adverse to the idea of one happening. If I were just in the mood to mine and mine alone I would not let myself be flagged.
I have a habit of getting my priest flagged, kind of because when you heal a flagged person it flags you. While most people, if they get accidentally flagged, run an hide or hearth to a safe place, or log out, or any other thing they can to get out of the action like take a flight path, when I do get flagged, I go about my business on my priest flagged and just do not care.
It is not because I am looking for a fight but it is because I don't actually like questing on my priest, I don't have a gathering profession, and in truth, I am kind of okay at PvP on my priest. So if a fight comes I am ready for it.
But see, that is where what I said earlier holds true. The only reason I am okay at PvP on my priest is because I leveled my priest through PvP. She is not good because I want to PvP on her, she is good because she had done it a lot. Just the same I would be on any of my characters if I leveled them through PvP.
PvP servers take away the choice of game play, that is why I play on a PvE server. I like choice, I like control, I am not a care bear, I am just a control freak. Slight difference.
PvE servers are more like, do what you want, when you want to. And that is why I always choose to be on a PvE server. I can fight when I want to fight and I can quest when I want to quest. I do not ever feel forced into doing both at the same time, the control is in my power and I like that.
Why did you choose the server type you play on?