So ummm ehm I started playing World of Warcraft. I honestly don’t know what I’m doing half the time, but I like it. And my character looks cool. And my friend plays too so we can skype and run around playing the game together.

The thing is, for some reason (and people have warned me about this), it’s very addicting. I don’t know if you’ve seen the Youtube video of the boy whose mother cancels his WoW account, but he literally goes ballistic. It’s one of the best things I’ve seen.

I don’t know what it is that I find so addicting really. You have to complete quests which causes you to level up. I’m only level 9, but that’s after 2 days of playing. Collecting items and completing quests is what really hooked me in. If I look back into my childhood, every interest that I had, had to do with collecting something. Whether it be Beanie Babies, collecting stars on Super Mario 64, or catching all of the Pokemon (I mean, their tagline was “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!” Genius!) Kids and apparently 24 year olds like trying to complete missions by getting everything they need. Maybe it gives us a sense of purpose. Hey, I don’t pay the bills, but maybe I can become a level 15 Draenei and everything will be okay.

That’s another thing. Draenei. I love saying all of the names in the game because they make me sound so nerdy and weird. Like most games, it’s a battle of good against evil. I’m on the good side obviously.

So much likeness.

I can see why people play so much. It’s probably like a Catfish thing where they get to be someone else…like an elf or a dwarf. My friend knows someone who’s girlfriend dumped them for someone she met on World of Warcraft. No joke! What would happen when they went to meet each other? Immediate disappointment because neither of them looked like mythical creatures?

Just a quick little poll (but I’m not gonna make an actual poll–just tell me) : Which do you think is nerdier, World of Warcraft or Magic: The Gathering?


25 thoughts on “WoW

  1. No idea which is easier – never played either.
    I like my games with a high blood soaked body count.

    but as a member of the geek/nerd collective, we are pleased that you have taken your first steps down this long, fulfilling road.
    Can’t wait to see what color pocket protector you pick out!

    • Hahah so glad that you appreciate my steps toward nerdydom. This is a very proud moment in my life. I never thought I would be a mythical creature and yet, here I am!

  2. OMG, NOOOOOooooo [the word “no” echoes]
    I didn’t even read past the first two sentences. I am worried about you. Concerned about the rest of your life – eating, drinking, working, blogging – that will fade into the background as WoW takes over. DON’T DRINK THE KOOL-AID!

    • Hahaha. I know… I KNOW. I always used to make fun of people that played WoW and look, here I am, playing my heart out. I might have to ask for an intervention in a couple of days!

    • I guess you’re right. It’s hard to choose between the two. The reason I asked is because my friend thinks Magic is fine but thinks WoW is stupid. I think their equally nerdy!

  3. I was expecting this to be a rant about WoW nerds clogging up the queue somewhere.

    I used to play WoW a lot actually. Did the raids, was a raid leader and all the hassle that goes with it. I just can’t be bothered with all the time required for all that now though.

    Playing it like you do is the best approach really, just take it as it comes. And don’t venture onto the official WoW forums. It is chock full of horrendous people who constantly try to out-hardcore each other and will look down on anyone who puts less effort into the game than they do.

    Doing some of the achievements can be quite fun. Don’t pass up the opportunity to do fishing and cooking, there are plenty of extras there. Herbalism, mining and skinning are the easiest professions to do as you can sell your stuff to people who make things. The crafting professions will let you make your own gear but it gets harder and more time consuming the more you level it up. Skinning goes well with leatherworking, mining goes well with blacksmithing and herbalism goes well with alchemy.

    I reckon Magic: The Gathering is worse than WoW. Mainly ‘cos I don’t play it.

    Female Draenei have the best animations as well.

    • Yeah there are times when I’m like, “Yeah, I’m so great at this game!” and then I realize that I literally don’t know anything. I don’t even know any special moves or how to start one of the crafting professions…I’ll really have to keep playing and learning.
      There was this girl on there that I was talking to and I told her that I didn’t really know what I was doing and she said, “yeah I used to be like you.”
      pshhh shut up.

      • I hope you wrote down her name so you can laugh at her some point in the future.

        Actually, as a Draenei, it means your base city is that underground spaceship thing. It’s usually empty of players and can be a pain to get around for finding profession trainers and that.

        Just so you know you can speak to the guards for directions and they can mark the profession trainers on the map for you.

  4. Seriously!
    Aren’t you too hot, intelligent and generally ‘girly” to be bothered with online gaming?
    Don’t wind up like Penny on “The Big Bang Theory”!
    I hope you’ve seen that episode or you’ll be pretty confused right about now…

    • I haven’t seen that episode, but I can imagine what it’s like! It’s too easy to get addicted to games nowadays! I’m a little late getting on the WoW wagon, but it’s pretty fun!
      I wish I was too hot, intelligent and girly to online game…but I guess I’m a secret nerd deep down?

  5. That video: whut? But somehow i doubt whether it’s real… Looks slightly fake…?
    Anyway, Lily, if you stop blogging because of WoW, then we’ll personally come to do the same thing to you as that mom did to her son in the vid! 😉

  6. You’re a bigger nerd than I am. I never was that into video games. I didn’t have the thumbs for it. Lots of my friends used to play it. They still do and they’re not even my friends anymore. My one friend’s dad plays it as a woman. Be careful. The game seems to suck people in and make them lose track of time. Someday you’ll be a 62 year old mailman still playing games like this and we can ignore each other when I go over to my friend’s house and see you on the computer.

    • I know I know. I’m super nerdy. But you could never tell from the outside. Playing video games really make your life go by quickly. I mean, I probably will be a 62 year old sooner than I think. Which is super gross. I’ll probably kill myself by then.

  7. Pete Howorth says:

    What the fuck was that video? That has to have been put on, why was he trying to shove a remote up his anal cavity?

    Maybe this will happen to you Lillington!? I can definitely see the attraction of RPGs, I used to be hooked to that free game Runescape a few years back, it’s like living another life. A life where your only concern is where your next sword is coming from.

    • I know. Stuff like that really hooks me in. You don’t think the kid was really upset about his game? I don’t know why he wanted to shove that remote up there. Maybe to ease the pain of having his WoW heart ripped out?

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