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Ramblings and misconceptions...

The following are just ramblings and probable misconceptions about WoW and gaming in general. Ignore if you like.

Author: Kodell

The spectacular game called World of Warcraft

Posted by Kodell Friday April 18 2008 at 5:39AM
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I first started playing World of Warcraft during the last couple months of beta before its initial release.  At the time I was heavy into Everquest and laughed when I read threads about how WoW was gonna be the end of EQ.  (Much like those who laugh today at all threads about the end of WoW today.)

In the coming days/weeks I plan on bashing WoW pretty hard, but I thought I would start out with something positive.  After all, if there wasn't something I still liked about the game, I wouldn't still be playing... right?  Some of the things I will praise in this blog, I will later bash in other blogs, so take what I say here with a grain of salt.  And btw, these are in order of random thoughts.

Casual Friendly - I discovered this truth after leaving the game for 6 months just after The Burning Crusade was released.  I found it interested that when I came back, I wasn't that far behind in progression and since I had leveled to 70 before my sabatical, it was fairly easy to get geared up for Kara in a matter of a couple weeks.  Daily quests make it easy to earn gold.  The latest changes to the honor system and the addition of Arenas make is very easy to upgrade green/blue gear with epic purple gear to speed up PvE progression.  I also love how much I can do solo without being forced to group for most quests.

Voluntary PvP - I really don't enjoy PvP and I play on a PvE server which means I rarely participate in PvP.  I spent a couple weekends in Alterac Valley to get my Ram Charger for my Gnome Mage.  And a couple days earning badges in the other BGs for my mount and various S1 temporary upgrades.  I much prefer world PvP, so I do jump into defending Halaa or helping to take it now and then.  It's a quick and easy way to get the Kurenei mount and it actually feels worthwhile, unlike battlegrounds for me.

Socialism - When I played EQ I discovered that many older  people like myself (I am now in  my 40's) play MMOs.  As I have gotten older through the years, my toleration level and patience for "teenagers" in games has started to seriously wane.  Fortunately, it's real easy to find mature people like myself to guild with and hang out with.  A number of people I met through the game have become really good real life friends.  And I'm one of those rare people who actually met someone in game that turned into a seriously relationship.  My wife and step-daughter also play the game with me (trust me, playing with your family rocks!) and the guild I am in is mostly adult couples.  We have a couple teenagers in the guild, but they're surprisingly mature  for their age.

When I first started I felt the graphics were great, although they feel dated now.  And the sound and music were spectaculer, but blizz has screwed that up pretty good lately.  I'm sure there are other things I like about the game, but the three items above are what will keep me playing.

In upcoming blogs, I'll give details on what I think is wrong with the game and why TODAY I think people should avoid playing it if they haven't started.

darkgamerx writes:

I found your last statement rather funny "Why today i think people should avoid playing it if they haven't started".... but i'll wait and see your reasons and see if they're valid or not.

Fri Apr 18 2008 7:53AM Report
xenogias writes:

Dark, he said why HE thinks....because of that anything he writes is valid. He is not stateing it as a fact rather an opinion. Because its his opinion they are valid or it wouldnt be his opinion.

Just thought I would toss that out there before you tell him his opinions arent valid.

Fri Apr 18 2008 8:21AM Report
Hexxeity writes:

Socialism is an economic model.

Socializing is what you do in an MMOG.

Are you going to have another post of good things about WoW?  Because there are a LOT I don't see mentioned here that you may be taking for granted.

Fri Apr 18 2008 11:08AM Report
Kordesh writes:

Taking what for granted? I'm surprised he found that many good things to say about that freaking thing.

Fri Apr 18 2008 11:15AM Report
kitsunegirl writes:

Opinions are not up for debate, and have no validity or lack thereof, as they are personal thoughts on an issue. If he was stating it as a fact, that'd be a whole 'nother kettle of fish. :)

I think theres something wrong with the game, when you take 3 months off, then finally get your chara to 70, play for a week or two more, and want to take *another* break... Seriously, theres something really flawed with Warcrack. >.>


Fri Apr 18 2008 12:31PM Report
Daedalus732 writes:

I don't think there's anything flawed about a game where you want to take time off for awhile. We all do it with tons of different games. Sometimes you just get a little burned out and don't feel like playing.

At the end of the day, WoW's subscription numbers speak volumes, as we all know that voting with your wallet is all that really matter in any type of industry.

Fri Apr 18 2008 1:28PM Report
BadSpock writes:

I fully agree with Daedalus732.


For a game that has been out for what, 3 years now? To still be so popular and growing in size even after soooo many would-be-challengers have come and gone...

It speaks volumes. More then any of us can hope to express with our words.

For every flaw we may see in this game, there are likely thousands who see the complete opposite to be true.

Opinions are like assholes. Everybody's got one.

The only "truths" are the numbers. Cold, hard, imperical data.

Fri Apr 18 2008 3:19PM Report
Kaldrannath writes:

Just curious.  How many people still play because they feel like they can't quit?

Fri Apr 18 2008 7:33PM Report writes:
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