Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Reflections: My experiences in World of Warcraft

Warlords of Draenor Expansion.

World of Warcraft (or WoW as it is known to the players) is a hugely popular MMORPG computer game played through the internet. The latest Expansion is called World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Expansion.

My experiences were an eclectic mix. At times I laughed and swore, and other times I was confused and amazed. I met a Paladin and formed a close friendship that changed the game. I played a-lot but not as much as other players.

The first time I began my adventure in Azeroth I was an Alliance character a Dwarf Paladin in fact. In-game content was amazing whilst gaining levels, collecting items, and the sights and sounds were truly breathtaking. WoW’s quest system was so easy to follow that the game seemed so seamless.

I met another Dwarf Paladin in a cave near Dun Algaz in the Wellands, we were both soloing but we had problems defeating the spiders in the cave so we shared the quest and completed the game’s mission. We stayed as friends whilst we levelled and helped each other in various quests.

It was then that I discovered people expected me, as a Paladin class, to be a healer. When everybody died in an Instance I got the blame and insults. It was an unpleasant feeling being shouted at by other players whom I had never met before.

I traded at the Auction House. Learnt how to buy low and sell high, watching for people who sold an item well below its true market value. It was sneaky but I had to take enjoyment where I could.
It was then I understood that a huge part of this game is about “grinding” doing the same thing over-and-over again. Not for materials, minerals, or herbs, but to acquire tokens to purchase great gear so I could be offered an invite into a big raid within the game.

As another monthly subscription came out of my account I began to wonder what to do. I crafted and traded some top-range items and then sold these in the auction house to raise gold for fun. In the end I thought about previous computer games I used to play and found the enjoyment was higher. Players seemed to be only content with racing to the end of the game.

A year passed and I started again with an Undead Rogue and levelled this character to level 80. The Rogue was definitely more interesting to play. Rogues can throw out massive DPS (Damage-Per-Second) onto enemies and the stealth aspects were very interesting.

Now with the release of the expansion titled Cataclysm I am wondering what the new content is like. I played World of Warcraft and had many valuable an fun times, I socialised, I thought about how to make gold as the in-game currency using the auction-house. It was a valid memory that still exists today and maybe one day Azeroth will call out to me again and I will answer.