Is its reputation really as bad as everyone makes out?
This is not something I’m proud of but I did play World of Warcraft for about 3 years, and I can quite safely say, it is the most addictive game I have ever played. Please note that I say the most ‘addictive game’, and not the ‘best’ game. The reason I say this is because I would have to uninstall it from my computer and hide the disks during exam periods to ensure I did some revision and not just go do 400 more quests. The worst bit is in the World of Warcraft community… I wasn’t even considered hardcore, and yet I would still cram in a few hours of game time…everyday…without fail. Whereas, there were A LOT of people who would be playing at least ten hours a day.
Now why was this? Why is it that World of Warcraft, above nearly every other game can completely drain your life away? Why does it have 12million subscribers paying six pounds a month to play? Well, there isn’t one specific reason; it is a very well constructed game, which rewards players for spending large amounts of time on it. The way it works is, play for twenty hours and complete tasks such as laborious farming (doing the same job over and over again, be it killing 100 wolves or doing the same quests everyday) and the game rewards you by giving you a flying dragon, which then other players will praise you over, giving you a sense of pride and accomplishment. This continues throughout the game, but once you reach the maximum level the pressure practically doubles, because now your level 85, and all that matters is what type of sword you have or helmet you wear; how do you get the best sword or helmet you may ask? Well, you have to spend 7 hours with 25 other people trying to kill an even bigger dragon than before…
In no way am I saying that World of Warcraft is a ‘bad’ game, it is very well made, the graphics are somewhat cartoonish, which distracts from the fact they aren’t as good as modern games. The PvP (player vs. player) is exciting, and does encourage teamwork and can be very enjoyable. Best of all, the world is enormous, there are a number of beautiful and colourful environments to explore, creatures to kill and in my view the most enjoyable, there are so many people playing that there’s always someone to talk to. However none of this, makes up for the repetitive quests and lack of story line, but let’s be honest – you don’t play World of Warcraft for the quests. You play it to be better than everyone else, and for everyone to see how good you are, and be jealous and to treat you like some sort of hero.
I cannot deny that I enjoyed playing World of Warcraft and often debate going back to the soul destroying land of Azeroth, but then I remember how little rewards you actually gain from playing it, and how many days (literally days) I wasted playing on it. So in answer to my original question, yes it is as bad as everyone makes out, but not because it’s a bad game, but because it requires so much of your time in order to be good at it, and the community don’t help by treating those who play it obscene amounts like Gods, and those who play it casually as ‘noobs’.