March 19, 2013 by rachelcmann
World of Warcraft is an MMORPG game that is massively popular and incredibly detailed. Jinx (from my post about Girls) is really into the game. Of her leisure time, she probably spends 90% of it playing WoW. She and her husband even had an in game wedding! Several years ago she got me hooked on it too. I was a casual player, just running around, releasing some aggression on trolls or whatnot. We would sit next to each other just playing and chatting, not even playing within the game together.
I’ve stopped and started my account a couple of times over the years (luckily Blizzard archives it for you so you don’t have to start over again from scratch) and this Christmas she gifted me a subscription for a couple of months. It’s about the only way for me to talk to her sometimes, so I finally got around to hooking everything up.
I have completely forgotten how to play! So I thought I would introduce you to it as I re-learn it myself. Basically, you create (roll) a character and then you go on an adventure. Your first choice is to be good or evil, then you choose your race and class (kind of like occupation, you can be a mage or warrior or a number of other things). There are a ton of possible combinations, and then you specialize what they look like and give them a name. This is your character or ‘toon.’ The game starts you off pretty easy, giving you quests that are pretty simple and you gradually work your way up. It’s a lot of fun, the world is
incredibly rich and there’s something really satisfying about leveling up and completing tasks. So much of what we do now is a carousel of repeating tasks and projects that we rarely get to see one project through from start to finish.
You can create multiple characters and the more you play you’ll discover preferences and probably have one character you play more than others, although not necessarily your first. There’s a lot more to the game including huge group quests that take hours to complete
and competition against individual players in an arena (PvP). If you’ve never played this kind of game before it can be intimidating. There’s a lot of lingo and people can be jerks sometimes. It’s also fun to play pretend. For $15 a month you can escape into a world and then control what happens to you. You can
be a hero or a villain or just run around killing things. (*Warning* the animals you kill make sad little sounds so if that bothers you like it bothers me turn off your sound)
It can be all consuming sometimes and you will absolutely lose track of time. There’s no clock in game and it completely takes over your screen (yay for monotasking?) so you may want to set an alarm or timer before you get sucked in. They often have free trials for new players so give it a shot!
- We’re not all nuts! New psychological study sheds light on WoW players (wow.joystiq.com)
- Blizzard’s World of Warcraft Movie Shaping Up to be a Mess (manolith.com)
- My adventures in World of Warcraft (urrzin.wordpress.com)