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September 11, 2008

Joining the "World of Warcraft"

Posted: 12:16 PM ET

This week, our "Get Your Game On" video-gaming segment is about Blizzard Entertainment's "World of Warcraft," the wildly popular Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game that allows millions of players to interact with each other in an online fantasy world.

A scene from "The Burning Crusade," an expansion pack to the "World of Warcraft" online video game. spoke with Alex Albrecht, creator of Project Lore, a Web site devoted to "World of Warcraft" (or WoW), about the appeal of such games and what WoW fans can expect next. (Watch the video here.)

Why are MMO games so popular?
To a lot of people, playing games together with friends is much more fun than playing them alone. MMOs offer adventure and that sense of accomplishment you feel once you achieve a goal in the game. Sharing those things with your friends, as you join up to kill bosses and complete epic quests, makes those experiences so much better. And MMO's let you do that all online without having to be in the same place as your buddies.

Why WoW?
"World of Warcraft" is by far the most prominent and popular of all of the MMO games out there. There are people all over the world playing WoW because it is easy to get into, and the folks at Blizzard have created a huge amount of areas, quests, and dungeons for players to experience. They've also come up with a lot of creative in-game events that really make the world feel alive. For example, many real world holidays have in-game equivalents. Love is in the Air (Valentine's Day), Noblegarden (Easter), and Hallow's End (Halloween) all make the fantasy world more dynamic while adding some freshness to the game throughout the year. The community that has gathered around WoW is also very diverse, so it is always fun to meet new people in game.

What's new?
In the next few months Blizzard will release a new expansion for "World of Warcraft" called "Wrath of the Lich King" (WotLK). This will introduce all new quests, areas, and dungeons for us to explore, as well as a new type of character to play. There is a lot of anticipation in the WoW community for the expansion, and that is why I launched my new site, Project Lore ( We want to be in full stride when WotLK releases, bringing new content, videos, and guides to the WoW community. We are posting videos from the closed beta test of "Wrath of the Lich King" over the next three weeks, and we can't wait to see the response from the WoW community.


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Mrheart   September 11th, 2008 1:43 pm ET

Please make a registration for free...

KITKATCEO   September 11th, 2008 2:12 pm ET


digitalfairy   September 11th, 2008 2:23 pm ET

I played Guild Wars. I am waiting for Guild Wars 2. I have done everything there is to do in GW – all expansions included. Meanwhile I am currently in WoW leveling up 10 different characters – all different races, doing quests, dungeon instances, meeting new friends, joining guilds, and the experience keeps on going! Until Guild Wars 2 comes out, it's WoW ftw.

S Callahan   September 11th, 2008 2:25 pm ET

PD, can you put out more info on IKE in Texas? Or even the conincidetial (?) earthquakes in Chile, Iran, Japan shortly after the collider began.
re Ike: Seems like Russell was right on, and I think possibly on target.

Also, CNN gave a list of what to have to be prepared..they left out the Bible..that will be what people need said in previous blogs...God has something to say.... (sorry , had to say it)

Newb   September 11th, 2008 2:26 pm ET

Wow is the best game out there at the moment. I have played it since it was released, and still play every night for 3 hours plus.

Today i just got my Beta invite, so that 3 hours is gonna be pushed to the early hours on a nightly basis ๐Ÿ™‚

Steven   September 11th, 2008 2:32 pm ET


Erfin   September 11th, 2008 2:54 pm ET

Guildwars = /fail

John   September 11th, 2008 3:11 pm ET

What server? I'm on Mug'Thol.

I played on an RP-Normal server for years, and let me tell you, PVP server are way more interesting, with a much greater feeling of accomplishment. I have 2 70s on an RP server and 2 70s (soon to be 3) on a PVP server, and the PVP server, while frustrating at times, is a lot more fun.

For class, if you want the ability to do pretty much anything, play a druid. I have a rogue, a warrior, a mage, and a hunter, and except for the hunter my druid does everything they do and better. Druid is a good class to get a taste for every role in WoW. My rogue is my best geared character, and I have a lot of fun with it, usually taking revenge when somebody kills one of my lower level characters.

For crafting professions, I've leveled blacksmithing, engineering, alchemy, leatherworking, and enchanting up to 375. Of those, blacksmithing was the absolute hardest to level, the most expensive, and really the least rewarding. I spent 2000 gold and a long time and a lot of farming and all I got was a Stormherald I rarely use since my warrior mostly tanks. Leatherworking was relatively easy to level but it was also not very rewarding. The gear from leatherworking is somewhat easy to replace. Engineering was hard to level, but very rewarding, especially since the addition of mechanical flying mounts (commonly called roflcopters) and epic goggles that are some of the best pieces of head armor in the game. Enchanting is moderately difficult to level, but very rewarding. It has raid utility, as you can disenchant (d/e) epic gear that drops and that nobody can use. Additionally, it's neat when you can enchant your own stuff and you don't have to look for someone to do it for you, and other people will always be looking for you.

So far my personal favorite profession has been alchemy. It's by far the easiest and cheapest to level, much less expensive to get to 375, especially when compared to other professions. It has a lot of uses and specializations, especially with the option to specialize in elixir mastery, potion mastery, or transmute mastery. And there is always a use for the things you make, and a demand for them. The end-game flask recipes don't have to be obtained through farming or rep, but are randomly discovered while crafting other alchemy items. This enables a new 70 or even someone in the 60-70 range to have something they can market to gold-glutted end-game guilds on their server.

I've never leveled tailoring or jewelcrafting to 375.

Newb   September 11th, 2008 3:27 pm ET

I play on Illidian, Horde side

I have a Warrior, Hunter, Rogue and Warlock that are 70, a Mage at 66, Pally at 65 and Priest/Druid/Shammy in their 40s.

I just rolled a second account and have twinked a Shammy to have some fun in the BGs, he's only 48 but oh so much fun.

I have all the professions covered, alchemy and Engineering are 375, the rest are close, but like you say it's all about the amount of gold you have to invest to get a skill point now. Blacksmithing is turning into a pain, as you have to grind rep to get the patterns to lvl.

I'm excited to try out the Death Knights tonight to see what they are about, and i have to say i can't wait to get my moble mailbox on my engineer ..

Wow is just a great game, you can spend hours and get no where, and still have fun doing it. I'm not a raider, the must have gear is just not me, i just like to play with friends and have fun.

With the recent addition of the RAF program i have spent hours powerleveling my friends alts in SFK and SM .. it's actually a great money maker too when you DE the blues and sell the shards.

Justin   September 11th, 2008 3:34 pm ET

Guild Wars is a better game, better graphics, and a level playing field when it comes to character advancement.

Saying that WOW is "by far" the most popular is stretching it I think.

Just my opinion...

fdisk42   September 11th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

WoW is misrepresented in this article. The game absolutely CAN NOT allow millions of players to interact. It can allows thousands to interact. There is no game server in the world than can handle millions of concurrent connections. The closest you can get to that would be EvE, and that can only handle about 45,000 players at one time. Sorry to be nit-picky but I'm tired of misrepresentation of the worlds largest generic game.

The Dude   September 11th, 2008 4:30 pm ET

Wow, behind on the times much? Let me see here, you're only... oh, look. About four years late.

No More WoW   September 11th, 2008 4:30 pm ET

WoW is old news, and still broken as far as PVP goes. Same four battlegrounds after four years? WTH are you doing with your $150,000,000.00 per month you make in subscription fees? Sure not balancing pvp, racial abilities, making new battlegrounds...

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, for the win.

Mickey Dean   September 11th, 2008 4:43 pm ET


Aylorian   September 11th, 2008 5:37 pm ET

Let's not forget where it all began – with text based MUDs (Multi User Dungeons).

Wow, Guild Wars, Everquest and all the rest are just MUDs with graphics. MUDs themselves offer a more intimate and intellectually challenging environment and many people still play them. It is often compared to the difference between watching a movie (MMOs) and reading the book (MUDs).

Anyone wanting to learn more about MUDs can check out, or the sites for 2 of the top muds out there – and

If you enjoy the fantasy and imagination aspects of MMOs, give MUDs a try - you might be pleasantly surprised how engaging text can be.

Emo   September 11th, 2008 5:39 pm ET

you mean no one plays with plastic action figures anymore?

Anthony   September 11th, 2008 5:51 pm ET

WoW was the MMO to play with your friends. It is rapidly losing its dominance of the market. One new MMO came out (AoC) and people left en masse to check out the new game. Another new MMO (WAR) is coming out and players will leave in hordes once they see the refinement, stability, and quality of WAR.

"GameMaster" Nick   September 11th, 2008 6:10 pm ET

"To a lot of people, playing games together with friends is much more fun than playing them alone. "

I love this quote. WoW should capitalize on this with a "If you're not playing with us, you're playing with yourself" campaign.

As far as balance, especially along the lines of PvP and racials, you need to realize that those fees are going towards casting as wide a net as possible: I.e. more fees. If you want a specialized game, try some others such as the aforementioned WAR (PvP) or LOTRO (Social).

Kuro   September 11th, 2008 6:24 pm ET

I've been playing WoW since it went live in November 2004. I've even been a Game Master for Blizzard.

I love this game and am very much looking forward to WotLK. Even after getting petitions that said "he called me a n00b! Ban him!" (yes, I really did get those)

E   September 11th, 2008 6:34 pm ET

My girlfriend plays this game, her brother got her into it....all she does is play this game, I am not into the Wizard type of games more the military type but she is hooked,,,,,does nothing but play this game WOW has played a huge part in ending our relationship,,,,guess it was never that great anyway

Pull away from the games and live in the REAL world you will find there is more to life, her brother is 4 years younger than me and in TERRIBLE shape, cant even climb a fence, she is headed down the same path. just sad!

hugacow   September 11th, 2008 6:36 pm ET

S Callahan,

This about gamers. there plenty of news about other topics.

WOW has its moments, but PVP has been lack luster for a while. The same BG's nothing gets old. you level up too easy in wow if you play enough. I switched to AOC but after leveling to 73 in 3 weeks it became kind of boring, crafting sucks too, jewel cutting is a cluster F. I'm playing the beta for Warhammer, so far its pretty good runs real smooth, no instances like AOC for everything. RvR instead of PVP, however there pvp areas so you can kill other players. I also played LOTRO too which was thousand times better than wow. TR is kinda like a halo type mmo, pretty good.

WOW should lower there monthly fee with something like 15 million people having accounts, biggest cashcow in gaming history.

Luke   September 11th, 2008 7:24 pm ET

All I know is I cannot exist without playing WoW at least once a day. I've been playing the darn game since Open Beta and my wife bought me the game when it went live over Thanksgiving 2004. She never liked playing but I have met many people in the game. Some people I've become friends with from the many guilds I've played in. Once I stopped playing for 2 weeks while I was on vacation and it was hard as heck.

Can't wait for WotLK so I can finally level my 4 lvl 70's to lvl 80 and get some sweet epics.

Cantal   September 11th, 2008 9:03 pm ET

1. I've played 1 1/2 years. I still log in daily and still find something interesting about the game every day. After more than a year, I find that I can still learn something new about the game every day.

2. This interview barely scratched the surface of "joining" WoW.

3. I'm first and foremost a first-person shooter guy who occasionally dabbles in real-time strategy. I've largely ignored both in favor of Warcraft. I haven't played Lord of the Rings, Guild Wars or Warhammer, so I can't comment on the quality of those games.

4. Like real estate, Warcraft's strength rests primarily on three things: community, community, community. I've met everyone from a legal secretary from Australia to a 60+ grandmother from the Midwest to a 10 year old being homeschooled and everyone in between. Chances are, unless you're a complete anti-social misfit (and maybe even then), you too will find someone to befriend.

5. I don't care how badly PvP and battlegrounds are implemented in the game. I don't play that style, anyway. It's primarily a quest-based game. Spend a few days in the game, and that becomes obvious. If I wanted PvP, I'd go back to Half-Life 2 Deathmatch.

frankie   September 11th, 2008 9:57 pm ET

SGW all I got too say... tired of the sign up on our web site.. wtf? STARGATE WORLDS!!!!! BREAK FROM THE NORM!!!!!!

WAR > WoW   September 11th, 2008 11:08 pm ET

WoW = Waiting On Warhammer.

Warcraft was Blizzard's FAILED attempt to build a Warhammer game. Games Workshop said no, so Blizzard changed names and called it World of Dorkcraft. All Warcraft is, is a cheap imitation of Warhammer. I've played both, and Warhammer Beta is light years ahead of WoW at its peak.

Joe   September 11th, 2008 11:34 pm ET

WoW was fun in the beginning, MC and BWL ruled!

The "data wipes" with the expansion packs is great for gearless noobs, but horrible for those who spent so much time getting gear. This will happen again with the Litch King due before x-mas. Good luck with that suckers!

While the game was once very fun to me, it cost me my best friend IRL (seriously, BBH).

Andrew   September 12th, 2008 5:42 am ET

ok if last time i heard world of warcraft had some where around 8,000,000 members i bet guild wars cant come any where close to that and by the way i play both games and i like world of warcraft better dont need gate monkies and the such go blizzard for making a game that is fun to play and easy to use

slayerA   September 12th, 2008 8:16 am ET

Wow is the most boring dumb game out there. I tried the the trial for like 2 hours and deleted the garbage off my hard drive. It was stupid to watch 25 people stand round waiting for a spider to respawn and you hope that you're the one who's standing close and click your mouse button faster than anyone else. I mean you just stand there and click your mouse. If you want a real game try EVE, especially if you're more mature, intelligent player. If you're dumb whiny preteen don't bother coming here, cause you will start to cry when you lose your ship. Sorry no lvl grinning here.

Festy   September 12th, 2008 8:22 am ET

Wow is a great game, I bought it off a friend's reccomendation, and soon after have my brother and my retired father playing along!

In the game you can make friends from all over the world and of all different ages. It's fun to see how people from different generations can find things in common through the game when on the street they may not have thought it were possible.

Where else can a 61 year old retired veteran, his 30 something son, a 16 year old who is wondering if college is hard, and a young mother bragging about her battlescars from teaching her oldest child to ride a bike earlier in the day get together for three hours and have a blast?!

The game provides fun, humor, competition and the occassional extreme frustration. Well worth the sticker price.

Jane Steranko   September 12th, 2008 8:23 am ET

Why is this science?

LOL at all   September 12th, 2008 8:25 am ET

Well, there you have it, folks. If you ever wondered why we're becoming a nation of shut-in fat asses, here's one of the reason. Instead of getting out and actually getting out and about, people would rather stay behind these stupid glowing screens. It's bad enough having to deal with computers in the workplace. Why anyone would want one at home is beyond me.

John   September 12th, 2008 8:31 am ET

Age of Conan didn't come close to taking players from WoW. There were a lot of people who left WoW for it... and came right back because it was no good.

Now, Warhammer may be different. I've heard some really good things about it from friends in my guild who are in the beta. But Warhammer is primarily sounding like a PVP oriented game, and WoW succeeds because it has a strong PVP game (despite what complainers and naysayers say) and it also has a strong PVE game. I don't see WAR killing WOW anytime soon, especially once Lich King comes out. WAR and WOW are both fantasy games, are you going to play the one where you're starting at the bottom, or keep playing the one where you've got multiple 70s in epic end game gear?

Personally I want to see a good sci-fi MMO, and I'm looking forward to when Star Trek Online comes out. I'd also like to see a Warhammer 40K MMO, for entirely different reasons. Star Wars Galaxies tried to be Everquest in Space, and EVE isn't very accessible. Everything I've seen about Star Trek Online looks really sweet.

Jon   September 12th, 2008 8:43 am ET

Ive played WoW for almost 2-years, EQ for 4-years before that. WoW is good but not perfect. The constant nerfing has left most classes a mass of bandaids and there seems to be little "development" going on. More interactive BG's would be great, use of flying mounts anywhere, blah blah blah. Blizzard is the least responsive company to what its customers ask for on Earth. Blizz is the epic fail.

fub   September 12th, 2008 9:05 am ET

Unlikely everyother MMO WOW doesnt penalize you for losing, (i.e. dying) it's easy say you have most poplar game when its the easiest.

WAR = WoW   September 12th, 2008 10:11 am ET

If you are thinking that Warhammer is completely different than Warcraft you are sadly mistaken. Ive been playing the beta for a while now (Im an elder) and the game mechanics at their core are the same as Warcraft.

Now with that said, the biggest difference is Player verses Player (RvR). Greater emphasis has been put on Warhammer's PvP than what Warcraft did.

Just because a game isnt to a persons liking, does not mean it failed. So the noob who posted that Blizzard FAILED should talk to their (Blizzard's) accountant. I am very sure that he/she can show you an extremely large number as to Blizzards net worth gain since they released Warcraft.

As others have said, this article doesn't even scratch the surface of "Joining World of Warcraft".

jorge   September 12th, 2008 10:15 am ET

There is a documentary being released about the people who play MMORPG. I happened to catch it at the ACE Film Festival in NYC. They followed gamers from around the country and immerse you in their world. It's pretty interesting.

dawnofwar   September 12th, 2008 10:33 am ET


Game on   September 12th, 2008 10:50 am ET

WoW is a great game and very popular because it plays on computers with low system specs. The game will play on about any pc you can find at a garage sale.

There are better MMO's out there but none have the masses like WoW because people refuse to fork out the $$$ for a better computer

strength over stupid   September 12th, 2008 11:03 am ET

Problem with warcraft now, is you are too far off the wave of progression, its so far ahead being around for 3 years you will be left out of most of the fun play, and if you want to run any of the fun instances or need to gain rep or geat adequate gear no one will be willing to help as no one wants to run the old instances and run up their repair bill. Sorry new comers, but you are left with MMO scraps in WoW. It may be best to start anew with Warhammer coming out. Also looks to be less pretention in allowing you to play by yourself and not get left out of the fun without as much time restraints as WoW has.

Leslie   September 12th, 2008 12:12 pm ET

Warhammer Online launches next week. Many WoW players are going to try it and be hooked because it's a great game with more to offer than WoW.

James   September 12th, 2008 12:27 pm ET

WOW set the standard for all games currently.
I have played all the above mentioned AoC, LOTRO, SWG, Everquest you name it and I have played it. Except for WAR but I have heard even it is like WOW but just PVP. Which fails because some players do not like PVP. WOW made it so you can be with your friends and interact well in groups. If you look at every game out there when WOW came out with talents all other games started adopting the concept. Heck SWG completely revamped their game because of it.

When you see people bad mouthing a game it is usually because they got bored and could not find the entertainment value they were looking for in the beginning of their play experience.

Keith in San Diego   September 12th, 2008 2:49 pm ET

Guild Wars isn't REALLY a MMORPG, not unless you're running around in towns all the time. As soon as you walk outside the gates of a city, you're in an instanced area with just you and your party members. Kinda dull, really. Plus, movement is really clunky, and you keep running into invisible walls whenever you try going somewhere the developers didn't want you to go but didn't have the creativity to create an actual in-game obstacle. That said, GW *IS* free to play, while WoW costs about $150/year. I'm a firm believer of "you get what you pay for."

My only real complaint about WoW is that I'm a bit of an altoholic and with 3 70s I'd like to be able to just bypass all the lower level play when I start a new toon. I really DON'T look forward to having to go through Stranglethorn Vale yet again. The world is huge and beautiful and the content engaging, but after the 10th time, just let me start at a higher level so I can enjoy playing with my friends without having to spend weeks leveling. And no, I really don't care to be a big undead heroic fighter guy.

Grand Nagus   September 12th, 2008 3:31 pm ET


Travis   September 12th, 2008 4:18 pm ET

September 11th, 2008 2:23 pm ET

I played Guild Wars. I am waiting for Guild Wars 2. I have done everything there is to do in GW – all expansions included. Meanwhile I am currently in WoW leveling up 10 different characters – all different races, doing quests, dungeon instances, meeting new friends, joining guilds, and the experience keeps on going! Until Guild Wars 2 comes out, itโ€™s WoW ftw.

Wow, You really need to get out! I wouldn't be so quick to admit something as pathetic as this my friend.

I play too   September 12th, 2008 4:55 pm ET

$15 a month for unlimited time? I used to spend that in a couple days back at the old arcades.

$15 a month is three beers at the bar. $15 a month is three soy lattes at Starbucks. $15 a month is less than what it costs to go to a single movie and buy a soda. $15 is nothing for the entertainment this game offers so many people, and this is a far more engaging option than sitting mindlessly in front of your television.

If they eventually hook a game like this up to Nintendo Wii-like controllers, then we'll really be talking about being engaging.

Ed   September 12th, 2008 5:07 pm ET

Doesn't anyone play Final Fantasy XI anymore? I liked it and playted for about a year until my computer crapped out. This Chrismas i'm getting it fixed and upgrading the video card. Thinking about playing again, or trying another game. I just don't want to start over another MMORPG and be a noob again.

Vindi   September 12th, 2008 5:50 pm ET

As a response to Grand Nagus, Who sounds an awful lot like my husband, Some people enjoy playing, and if they have access to nothing else for a social connection, it helps. I know it does for me! so to call it virtual crack is an opinion, great you have yours, everyone does, but everyone has bungholes too, they stink.

Ryan in SF Bay Area   September 12th, 2008 6:56 pm ET

Even if WoW fails, please enter SC2 and Diablo 3, which will destroy any amount of community that any other MMO gathered from the bottom of the WoW barrel (those that couldn't even cut it in the easiest of MMO's).

austin33   September 14th, 2008 11:07 am ET

Yes I agree that wow is amazingly popular and the 'masses flock to it like sheep'. If you would like to try something with a little more gusto and an extremely more mature atmosphere, check out DDO. I have been there since headstsart and IMO think that wow cant hold a wand to the offerings from Turbine.

ChumleyEX   September 15th, 2008 9:14 am ET


Zach   September 15th, 2008 10:49 am ET

I really enjoyed Asheron's Call from Turbine back when it came out in late 1999. The game is still going today, although the subscriber base is pretty tiny nowadays.

The sequel was pretty bad in comparison, but the original kept me hooked for about 4 years.

In general, any MMORPG with a large map, plenty of leveling room, and stuff to work for can be very fun.

Faeleen   September 15th, 2008 2:24 pm ET

Personally I rather enjoy WoW, but the best MMORPG I have ever played was FFXI since it was challenging for me(and it was my first online game). WoW has now become all too easy to play with hardly any sense of accomplishment and let's not forget all the immature players who whine about everything. I do not play WoW all that much now since I became highly addicted to it when I started playing in 2006. My husband still plays with some friends so I'll join them sometimes, but it's just a mindless game now. (I mean, come on, 6 year olds can figure out how to play)

Steven   September 15th, 2008 4:27 pm ET

Thrall for President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

John   September 16th, 2008 8:25 am ET

"Problem with warcraft now, is you are too far off the wave of progression, its so far ahead being around for 3 years you will be left out of most of the fun play, and if you want to run any of the fun instances or need to gain rep or geat adequate gear no one will be willing to help as no one wants to run the old instances and run up their repair bill."

I had no problem getting a rogue geared up to end game level in about 6 months of casual play. And I did it with a guild of people I'd never met that I joined after doing a couple of instances with some of the members. The trick to succeeding in WoW is to not be a jerk.

mark stoker   September 16th, 2008 9:13 am ET

I feel games susch as world of warcraft are not only one of the biggest waste of time but also money. I really do not understand how people can pay for a game that cannot be beaten its pointless. Also I believe that games such as world of warcraft are making our nations obesity population larger. I personally know people that if they are not working smoking or eating they are playing world of war craft. One day I asked one person why and he told me that it is addicting. pretty soon i think people are going to be having world of war craft interventions it is just getting way too out of hand.

Larian LeQuella   September 17th, 2008 3:44 pm ET

I'm a big fan of Mythic. Dark Age of Camelot was (and really still is aside from lack of population) a SPECTACULAR game. I did beta (and now in the "head start") for WAR, and Mythic came through big time. WoW is too cartoony and childish for me. AoC tried to make something a bit more adult, but even though they got a lot of interesting aspect's of Howard's world, they like LotR seemed to miss the mark, and just not quite connect.

kilgore   September 23rd, 2008 2:51 pm ET

Avoid Goldshire and Barrens at all costs if you can .

mike   September 23rd, 2008 6:47 pm ET

Why should they make a free registration? I think that it would be a mistake. People that can play for free have no investment in the game. I think that makes them more likely to act like vandals and that would ruin the game for other players. Besides, no one is obligated to relieve your boredom.

Derek   September 23rd, 2008 8:59 pm ET

FOR THE HORDE, INDEED! I play on Demon Soul and the Alliance players pretty much irritate the heck out of me (especially over in "Ganklethorn Vale" as I call it).

Jager   September 24th, 2008 5:10 pm ET

Sorry to say this, but WoW is a soul-sucking game. My son is really hooked on this game, and now has gotten his girlfriend hooked on it to the point that all they do besides work is play the game. Please get a life people, get outside and do something.

dl   September 25th, 2008 5:39 am ET


Stephen Mingoia   September 25th, 2008 12:57 pm ET

Why pay for WoW when you can be a Froob? (Anarchy Online)

Brian   September 25th, 2008 7:06 pm ET

Dungeon Runner (a FREE MMO from NCsoft) is honestly hilarious and lampoons WoW (and other MMO's) left and right.

I've also been playing City of Heroes for 4+ years and as far as originality, freedom of character creation/looks, and not feeling like you're 'shackled' to the grind I can't suggest a better MMO.

mareree   September 26th, 2008 8:27 am ET

no one mentioned runescape. one of my favorites

Farsig   November 16th, 2008 10:26 am ET

I have been playing wow for about 3 years. I will log on at least one time a day to at least check my mail for auction. My play time in a day can range from 5 in to up to 12 hours(very rarely that long, but i did devote that much time after the wotlk release 1st day).

I hear a lot about how the pvp sucks or that its all just grinding or a lot of other trash talk. If you have not played it all the way through then you really cant bash it people. Its not an xbox game. It isnt a game you play for 12 hours total then its over.

I have played other MMOs in the time waiting for wotlk to come out. I didnt find much to offer from other ones that was better than WoW. Warhammer online had potential but after the first month of playing i closed my account. Too many bugs still needing to be worked out. I also found warhammer to be more about grinding than WoW. WoW has a lot of side stuff to get distracted with and I just didnt see that in warhammer. It was all quests for RVR and PVE. got old fast. I may go back in 6 months to see if they got their crap together with the bugs i saw everywhere.

WoW is a game that I have met many people on. Even after we have parted ways on the game we still maintain communication because the friendship gained was strong. To say that this is not a game for mature people is just showing that you havnt played it long enough. If you expect to meet mature people in the lvl 1 area then you are expecting too much. I met a great friend on the game at lvl 14, but only the 1. We both didnt meet anybody else worth talking to till we started a guild around lvl 30 and got to be selective about the members.

I would also like to note that everybody that plays this game is not 100lbs overwieght with declining health and no social skills outside of the house. I maintain many friendships outside the game, work out at the gym at least 5 days a week(and keep a nice 6 pack), and eat very healthy. I work 4 days a week at a job that pays nicely. I am also a more hardcore player of the game than most. I play quite a bit and would admit I am addicted, but it doesnt cause problems with my life at all. I think that anybody playing wow that has a life going down the toilet probably would have a life like that anyways. WoW or no WoW.

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