Having played through Classic WoW and then seeing what Blizzard did to create honey-to-do tasks to keep people playing in WOW TBC Gold Burning Crusade with rep farming and heroic dungeon grinds - for me, it was confirmation that the game has been an unending hamster-wheel for nearly two decades. Activision was greedy and wanted sub-goals.
If you aren't a fan of this formula for a game I'm telling you that maybe you never thought of it, but that you liked the circumstances at that time like the players that you played with or activities you did in the game. For some, this cheap Burning Crusade Classic Gold is a great formula. I've noticed that the treadmill blizzard is one of my favorites, regardless of whether it's Diablo Classic, Diablo or retail. Take it for what it is, not what it's not.