Thursday, 1 July 2010

What is World of Warcraft?

What is World of Warcraft

The coming together of two technologies, computer games and the Internet, paved the way for many people to play their games and adventures in concert with other players from all over the globe.

Properly identified as a massive Multi Player Online Role Playing Game, World of Warcraft is a platform that enables people to play in an environment shared by other players. That play style might be as individuals achieving their own goals, as part of a team going for a collective goal, as one player fighting the abilities of another player or even as a member of a team exploring a dungeon and killing monsters too big for the user to kill on their own. World of Warcraft is many things to many people.

I will offer a caution however, as the game is played through an avatar, the player has the ability to remain completely anonymous. They can be of either gender, of any age ranging from 12 to 92, and have any range of literacy or intelligence skills from none what-so-ever, to pretty smart.

Some people can play nicely with others, while many people seem to grasp the opportunity to play in a way that would not be tolerated in the regular world. Being rude to each other, abusive, homophobic, constant swearing, belittling, sarcastic and disrespectful to other people are a cross section of many things witnessed in any hour while connected to World of Warcraft.

The game offers the player the chance to take an avatar belonging to any one of six races, Human and Goblin being just two, through a sequence of progressively harder levels from level one, to level eighty five. The avatar will be equipped with a specific range of skills, from weapon use for the Warrior, to magical incantations for the Mage. The trick is to use these skills to earn Experience Points and progress to the next level in the game. Every other level for the most part, brings new skills and upgrades in abilities.

No two players seem to progress in an identical manner as many quests, when played as a group, will offer only one prize to the group, so some one will always fail to collect the booty, but, having said that, there is more or less no limit to the number of tries you might make to win a particular item you feel will benefit your character.

World of Warcraft is catchy, many of the tasks seem simple, seem easily achievable, and missing the simple goal will have the player trying again and again. Given the chance, many players will play until their clocks tell them they need sleep, school or to go to work. It is for countless tens of thousands, exceptionally addictive.

World of Warcraft is simple, with simple rules, but there belies its deceptive addiction. To play a character well takes hours of interplay, hours of work, hours of skill honing and countless hours of ‘giving it one more try’. World of Warcraft is addictive and for many, it will take over their lives completely.

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