Humm…where should I start!?
From April/May 2007 until November 2009 I played World of Warcraft with proud and passion.
Now, after almost one year, I want dedicate a small text to this fantastic game which revolutionary the online gaming. The idea of WoW is fantastic and brings players until their limits - but the roots of this game are so dark as the human-soul.
First of all, it is not important to tell you which chars (plural) I had, on which server I played or on which guild I was. More important is, will try to explain, is it worth to play it and CONTINUE until the end?
The first year from 2007 until 2008 I played just for fun and had no idea what to do. Was in different guilds, met some people (some of them real nice, others true "weirdo's") and had my fun. As a gamer was of course my goal to reach level 60 (I did not had the 2. extension at this time), so I did some daily guests and a lot of dungeons with other people (tank, healer and 3 dps). It was a hard time in the game, the money was a problem for me and a lot of time people just left the group and all started again from the beginning - I was just a noob, no a ULTRA noob and tried to "play".
Life was great at this time…until I met a serious guild.
year 2: I was happy to finally find some serious people and true gamers. They explained to me all the important things like:
Armor - Magic - DPS (death per second ;-) - Agro - Professions and how to make money, a lot of money and much more.
At this time, I bought the second extension and the add on. It was possible to reach level 80 and learn how to play with the big boys. We merged with another guild and suddenly we had enough people to raid on the highest level: 25 players.
As you have my "introduction now - let me just explain the GOOD and the BAD side from my experience:
GOOD: You can meet A LOT of interesting people and have a lot of fun. The game is huge and so there is a lot to do. PvP (players vs. Players) fights are included on this game. Many servers for different types of people: RPG-server, PvP server and the Story-Server. WoW sucks you in in the game play, you just can not stop and want more. Many woman's like to play it because of the females chars that you can choose. Kids, teenager and Adults play together. Variety of armors, magic, professions and much more that keeps you on the road. You can play with more then one char (avatar) at the same time on the same server - you just need to pay for 2 accounts. Achievements to hunt and pets to collect - your own flying-mount and much more...
BAD: WoW can NEVER be finished - there will be always add ons to keep people playing. The addiction on this game is SERIOUSLY HIGH - on the 2. year of my "WoW-Life" I played almost everyday 3 - 6 hours (weekends 6 to 10 hours). It takes a long time to get the respect from the guild (invitation for raids, drops from bosses, feel comfortable in the "family"). That's the point a virtual family that YOU should not disappoint…
Suddenly all my friends were avatars on a virtual life - and the real friends asked what was wrong with me :(
Endless discussions about drops, some people left the guild because of a stupid weapon or armor piece (infantile behavior).
All the cool console games that came out on this time , were not important for me (I am playing them now).
Conclusion: I DO NOT REGRET the time I spent on WoW - but I am not proud. The price was high (social life), but there is an exit on this purgatory. Today I just play my console games with friends and I am happy when I can say: I am tired will stop now, let's play tomorrow….
There are many others point of view that I would like to write, but I guess I already said enough…Eventually some people will read this and I can imagine what they will post...
Every gamer must know what they want and what they need.
"for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so…." Shakespeare