Five million people.
Take a second to think about that number. That is roughly the amount of people who are actively logging time in the massively multiplayer online video game, World of Warcraft. Now, I am one of them.
I always admired World of Warcraft (WoW) for not only what it accomplished throughout its 12 year lifespan thus far, but also due to the spectacle of it all. Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games have come and gone in blazes of glory but there has always been one that has stood the test of time and continues to do so, WoW. There had to be something that WoW does that keeps its hooks into its players, and I wanted to find out what that was. The only issue was, I really didn't know where to start.
You see, WoW, considering how long it has been expanding and changing, is a daunting beast to to attempt to get into. Veteran players constantly state that the game is easier than ever to get into now but when you have never played the game before and you see all of the menus, lore, gear, etc; it all becomes somewhat overbearing. This is where my friend Logan comes into play. Logan has been playing WoW since 2006, has multiple max level characters, is anticipating the newest expansion slated to release in August 2016, and has been with the game through its best and worst times. Logan is going to be my guide in traversing this enormous, expansive world.
I admire Logan. When I, a complete novice in this game, play along side him, I get to feel what it is like when he played the game for the very first time. I hear the emotion in his voice, I can tell that he truly does care deeply for this world, its characters, the music, etc. This game changed his life in a way most other people will not understand. This wasn't just a game to him anymore, it was an alternate reality.
Now let me make sure everyone understands what I am saying. Logan was/is not obsessed with WoW. He does not need to log in every day to do an activity in the game. He plays a multitude of other video games. WoW is just that metaphorical favorite comfort food that you can always come back to and enjoy. Now with that out of the way, back to the adventures.
For the next post, I will go more in depth on how my first real taste of WoW was. But for now, I have my newly created Draenei Mage named ButBlasters who is ready to take on what this world has to offer.
Until next time,