Monday, November 28, 2005

World of Warcraft SUCKS!!!

Just kidding. It's a really good game. I added the "sucks" part to the title so that it would show up on search engines and get people to read. If you've mistakenly clicked your way here thinking that this was going to be ill-considered rant on World of Warcraft, you're wrong. Ha!

In my adventuring across the Azeroth (the fantasy rip-off of Tolkein's Middle Earth the game takes place in), I have enjoyed many battles and victories. I have made alliances, broken them, and remade them. WoW (World of Warcraft) is fun and interesting for many reasons. First, it's is a completely self-contained social network, complete with cultural references, pop stars, and classes.

WoW is the most-played game on the internet. Due to this popularity, an enormous amount of articles, scholarly papers, and rants have been written in an attempt to discuss why the game is so popular, its value, and what people's interactions within the game tell us about people's interactions out of the game. Go look up some of these articles, they're really good reads.

The things I've been interested in, are the strange and humerous aspects of game. These are the parts that people who don't play the game may not may not know about.

1. Cloudsong (just click watch this movie) - NSFW

There is a dispute about whether this comes from WoW or from some other game. Some people claim the player in question was playing "Dark Ages of Camelot" another MMoRPG. Others think, "The Cloudsong is like one of the most UBER Weapons of DAOC and it drops off a specific mob with a real long respawn time(Like maybe every 24 hrs after he is killed)." I don't even know what that means, but the audio is authentic, and that's the funny/true part. If you think people don't get into these kinds of games, just listen to the clip.

2. Leeroy Jenkins

The game allows you, the gamer, to control an avatar - a representation of yourself. Some people's avatars gain noteriety for being especially smart, experienced, or mean. Leeroy Jenkins (the name of one such avatar) is one of the most famous examples. So famous in fact, that this guy's character appeared as a question on a recent episode
Jepordy. The video shows a bored WoW player screwing over a group of people while screaming, "LEEEERRROOYYY JEEENKINNNSS!!!!" Watch the entire clip. Even if you don't understand what you're seeing, you can still hear the aghast reactions of his fellow teammates. Classic WoW.

3. A funny, yet insightful article on WoW

A quote from the John Cheese article, "There are more people playing World of Warcraft in the U.S. today (two million) than had indoor plumbing 100 years ago. There are more people with blogs today than had internet connections ten years ago. Thomas Edison said it best: "Change happens with ball-flattening speed.""

4. Gamer Killed over Virtual Sword

People take these games so seriously, it seems, that they are willing to kill each other over things like the theft of virtual property. Also note that this article is not an isolated incident. Google the subject some time and marvel at the number of people who've done this.

5. Progress Quest

One of the big complaints (if you could call it that) is that games that require monthly subscription fees are designed to eat up a player's time in order to keep them playing longer. These are called "time sinks" and they really do exist; in WoW and any other service that makes you pay monthly subscriptions. The developers of the game have to have a way to keep the players wanting to play, it's good business. Progress Quest is a parody of on the whole MMoRPG. Basically, you do not play the game. You just load the game and it plays itself. Over time you aquire status, equipment, slay dragons, etc. But you never actually do anything. The Quest is Progress. GET IT???

6. Wow: Treasure Hunt
7. WoW: 'Virtual' Virus Sheds Light on Real-World Behavior

A couple random NPR articles about different aspects of the game. That's it. I find this stuff really interesting. If you have any funny/random WoW videos you want to share, comment away.

6 comments:

Mandy said...

Interesting post. The Leroy Jenkins part is quite enlightening due to the fact that this was the exact name of the jerk that stood me up for a blind date last week. Probably some 13 year old kid messing with my head anyways..but I thought he loved me - I could tell from all the heart emoticons he sent me during our IM chats...

CrazyRay said...

"I added the "sucks" part to the title so that it would show up on search engines and get people to read."
Ummm, but World of Warcraft does suck.

Anonymous said...

I added the "sucks" part to the title so that it would show up on search engines and get people to read."
Ummm, but World of Warcraft does suck.
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Hi everybody... I have enjoyed many battles and victories. I have made alliances, broken them, and remade them. WoW (World of Warcraft) is fun and interesting for many reasons.....
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simon said...

Hi,
This is Simon.I played the game and enjoyed a lot.I had sucks to the search engines so that more people can see it.I had enjoyed playing more games and gaining victories.I did alliances broke and had remade them.I hope all people will also do it by seeing the search engines.
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