What is it with World Of Warcraft?

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  1. Ubergrendle

    Ubergrendle Semper ubi sub ubi

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    Its been a long time since i've posted here, although i lurk frequently. I guess I've been busy playing WoW. :D

    I'll offer some tips on why WoW > most other MMOs, or online experiences.

    1) Incredibly varied content. Seriously, nothing you've ever played has the depth of WoW. Ever. Its like Civilisation x10. Economists study the auction house and virtual economy. Plague events are studied by the CDC for real-life comparisons and scenarios.

    2) 4+ years of content building. Blizzard is a great company at evaluating what other companies/people do, internalising it, and implementing it within their game world. All the best techniques and tips from online commmunities invariably show up in WoW.

    3) Low system requirements. Graphics aren't incredible, but they're pretty and stylised. No 'uncanny valley' effects. No stutter during gameplay. Very low system utilisation. which leads to...

    4) Elegance of game play. The interface and how things react are very intuitive. There's a spontaneous element to extremely varied gameplay that is on par with the best FPSes. 40 man vs 40 man battlegrounds, with 8 different classes of 8 different race combinations doing any one of 20 things unique to each...all flowing together seemlessly. WoW.

    5) End game is better than anything out there. I've been gaming since the early 1980s. There is *nothing better* that a 25 man raid, on a 'progression' boss kill for the first time. You've coordinated your efforts with 25 different people at an extremely challenging encounter, and your success is shared with them. Its a special moment that is worth experiencing.

    6) The community. I have to stress this one alot. Alot. Once you're in a good guild of like minded individuals, its a bonding experience. You share the shame interests (WoW), you get to know eachother, and its a bond. I've had several personal friendships develop outside of WoW as a result of online experiences.


    As for it 'dominating' or 'controling' my life, I consider it one of specialisation. instead of spending 20-40 hrs a month playing a variety of video games, I focus mainly upon WoW. i enjoy the progression of content, the variety of content, the community aspect, and the depth of play.

    I've replaced alot of idle television time with WoW mainly. I consider it a richer experience, as its more social and more challenging.

    I hope this helps Zardon. I realise WoW isn't for everyone; I actually used to be very anti-MMO myself. Blizzard has figured out the right 'special sauce' to make it worthwile.

    One thing i should note: Blizzard's success with WoW is tied to its breaking the mold of previous MMOs. Where other MMOs made it incredibly challenging and time consuming to progress your character, Blizzard made it extremely easy to level your character or achieve certain goals. Aside from the absolute best PvP teams (arena) or end-game raiding, 90-95% of the game content is accessible to the casual player. I can log on for 20 mins, 3 hrs, or a day and have a variety of tasks worthy of my effort. Hardcore MMOers from the late 1990s HATE WoW because they call it 'carebear'... for myself, I think 11,000,000+ people can't be wrong. :D
     
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  2. jandarsun8

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    I've been playing WoW since Oct of '05. It can be very addictive to some and for the most part people manage it pretty well I think. With having over a 11 million player base you will always hear about the extremes cases of people over doing it but you will hear that about almost anything. People blaming their actions on music or movies or in some cases even a church. People do stupid things for stupid reasons yet they all believe what they believe to be true. The thing that you don't hear is the normal people that are playing it that are able to have "normal" lives just like anyone else.

    It's really not much different then any other thing people do it's just because it's a game that makes people wonder about it I think, that gives it this stigma. The show "Cheers" ran for a number of years about people going to the bar each and every day and having weird things happen. This happens in RL still although not with all the "comedy" that was on there but people don't seem to bring that up that often.

    I like the game because of the content, the friends I've made and talk to over vent that we give endless crap to and the options I have for my characters. I've got 3 lvl 70's and a bunch of alts. This of course has been spread out over the last three years I've been playing and not sitting in front of it with my eyes glued to the screen drinking Red Bull and shaking 24/7.

    I've got a good solid 60k a year job and instead of watching tv after work every night, I play WoW a couple of hours here and there through out the week. Tuesday nights are the one night per week that I'm on the most as all of the raids reset for the week that day.

    I do other things besides WoW as I'm sure a lot of other people do. I still bring my rig over to friends house for a weekend once every month or two to have a LAN party and I have Wing Chun classes every Mon, Wed, and Fri's. On weekends the fiance' and I go out to have some time together but we make sure we do that every weekend (exept the one weekend I'm at friends and she goes out to do what ever with her friends). Besides, sex is much better then playing any game no matter how good it is. :p

    For me, playing WoW gives me something to do when I'm at home and there's no one else physically here to talk to.

    Jand.
     
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  3. Calliers

    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    Thought this would be an informative addition to this thread:

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  4. onlyoneman

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    i have been playing wow since june '06 and i must say i am totaly addicted.
    i couldnt just put it down and stop playing any more than i could just throw away this pack of smokes that i just happen to be reaching for right now. The attraction to it started with me, because it was just a game with decent graphics that didnt require an amazing pc to play, and the game mechanics are fairly simple, almost intuitive after playing for only a couple of hours. It provided something for me to do when i had a couple hours of free time and there was nothing good to watch on TV. As i played the game more i started finding out that it wasnt as simple as i thought. of course i had fallen in love with it by this point and really dug in to all the details and started experimenting with all of the other classes and races of characters that i had not tried yet. because of this i didnt level a toon to cap untill about a year and a half after i started playing. in the past 8 months (since i leveled a character to level cap) i have been learning more and more about the game. it gets way more in depth than anyone can imagine when they start playing, as far as the stats and modifiers, and all the general math that goes in to making a character GREAT...not just good. you have to learn what stats affect what abilities and just how buffed those abilities need to be to perform well in endgame content....
    Beyond all of that, as i saw someone mentioned before, there is the "theres no 'I' in 'team' " aspect of it once you reach level cap. This is the part i enjoy the most as well. its not like playing halo or call of duty where the best guy on your team of random members can carry everyone to victory. everyone has to know their roll and play it well as well as know how to work with a team and adapt to very specific changes, not matter how mundain, in a real time setting.
    once you start to see these aspects of the game and realize your weaknesses, it becomes an insatiable drive to progress the quality of your character and overall performance in raids and PvP. Often times the only way to do that is to grind reputation with a particular faction as to be able to aquire a new piece of gear via pattern or recipe to craft an item or by gaining acess to a "heroic dungeon" where the items you need drop... all of these elements combined make world of warcraft a target of many ppl's obsession. its not the best game ever made, but its got plenty of things to keep you busy untill blizzard can craft a finely tuned and carefully planned new expansion to keep you around for another year and paying $15 a month.
    yes i consider my self addicted, but i dont let the game interfear with my personal life. i have a kid and a girlfriend, both of whom i love more than anything in the world and i have never, and will never neglect either of them for a game...but i do play every chance i get..i just dont create those chances by ignoring things that matter more.
     
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    this gave me chills when i read it...so true.

     
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  6. Valdeam

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    This game is like a crack addiction. One of my friends swears he can make a living off of selling characters. It is pretty fun though, I'm not gonna lie :)


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  7. topbob

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    I'm glad to say I'm finally off WoW, after actually trying to go back to it, I just can't, its just too bloody boring now. Can't say I didn't play my fair share of it though... (*cough*xfire profile*cough)
    As for the reason people are still playing it, they just haven't reached my point. The point in which you realize this is the same grind, over and over, and over, and there's no real reward out of the game, unless you find the grind enjoyable.
    In which case you're only fooling your self, and my guess is you're actually using it to escape reality, a way to fool your self into thinking you're being productive, or getting things done.
    Put the game down and open your eyes.
     
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  8. Neshi

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    have to agree with topbob. Haven't played for like 4 months, and just tried it again the other day. After 5 minutes I pressed the quit-button already. I'm also not buying the expansion.. just a waste of my time without any real reward.
    Although I have to say, raiding was a pretty fun experience, but every guild I joined disbanded like 1 or 2 months after I joined.. Like I'm carrying a curse or something..
     
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    Hehehe. :lol:
     
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    Cow_160483 HH's only cow moooooo...

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    Lol read that elf tram story and was like WTF haha :)
     
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    SFOSOK 939 Goin Strong

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    Real life > Virtual life.

    To argue otherwise only proves how much humans need to be wiped out.
     
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    I find that its more fun to play in a Lan where you can get people Physically around you, laughing chatting, getting cocky. Its way more fun than being cooped up in a room alone for hours trying to get that extra xp to kill the boss more easily.
    I've seriously cut back on gaming especially alone(incl internet)
    Me and my friends get together on a weekend and game, hang out and chill, way more healthier way more fun!!
    But even that nowadays is getting cut down too, getting old boys.
     
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    great game ..and i just begun playing it...
     

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