Awwwwwwwwwww Crap. Yet again I start to post a comment and then realize I’m about to write on a subject might merit its own post with where I’m going here. I apologize for the length this might bring.
I think it is truly an awesome forum post. Supposedly, it’s done by a seven year old boy who just dinged level eight on their Mage. This player discussed the new Mage skills you get at level eight and how to use them effectively on everybody’s favorite mob: Murlocs. Obviously the post was flamed by the usual trolls who think they are witty but still I think it was awesome.
What I like best about it is imagining the wonder and enjoyment of being so young and spending every minute of every day just thinking and dreaming of logging into your character to play. You enjoy it so much you want to share with the whole world on how you enjoy the game and want others to share in that experience. I myself have been playing the game since launch and still remember what it was like running through Tirisfal Glades as a young mage. I still hadn’t seen Undercity and was psyched about being able to craft 6 slot linen bags (how often do you see those crafted on the AH now?). Our only “guild” at the time was a friends list because scraping up enough copper to get a charter was serious business back then. I didn’t know what an instance was and every green that dropped felt as if it should be held on to for that “just in case” situation. I can even remember using the /say channel in our party because I didn’t realize there was a /party chat. Do people even group at that level anymore?
Now when we play, we maximize. We mail gold to our alts, and use mods to tell us who to talk to and what the fastest way to get there is. We enlist the help of our level 70 guildmates, friends, second account, or simply pay a stranger to kill the baddies and leave us to rummage through the pockets of their ravaged corpses. We never take the time to stop and smell the Peacebloom. I don’t visit the official forums because of all the drama they bring. There is enough drama in game as is. I know, I’ve posted about a lot of it! I sometimes wonder if people are playing the game to enjoy it, or to be simply good at it. With all the negativity it seems these to play styles are opposites.
Playing to enjoy the game doesn’t mean you have to use the ideal leveling spec. You don’t have to complete every quest. You don’t even have to choose the best gear. In fact I can remember when I got my wife hooked on the game; she refused to upgrade her gear because she liked the look of her robe so much.
Playing to be good at the game can mean you toss all else aside just to be the best. You take shortcuts and grind to maximum efficiency. You read about WoW online and participate in forum boards. You join a guild because you want a shot at downing a boss and walking away with a stick that has purple lettering on it.
These are two entirely different play styles but are not opposites. You can be good at what you do and still enjoy the game. I want to encourage those who read this to play this game understanding that it is simply a game. Don’t get burnt out on continuous wipes on a new boss. Don’t get bummed that your battle ground pug is full of R-tards. Don’t do 30 laps of Nagrand farming ore.
My challenge to you is to take a step back and enjoy the core of that this game is about, exploring The World of Warcraft. Some of the best places to do that are the starting zones. These zones were designed to inspire players. Don’t simply skip over them as fast as you can. Take some time tonight and start a new alt with no intention of leveling past 10. Try a Bloodelf or Draenei since those zones were created buy Blizzard after they have learned so much from the original WoW zone/quest design. Simply treat it as if it were your first time playing WoW. Do a starting zone you’ve never done before. Don’t look up the quest answers online. Read the quest text. Find someone else who is new and your level and group with them. If you don’t have any slots left, simply go back to some starter zone and sit on a hill or out on a beach and just relax. Try actually getting to know the names of the town’s folk in those starting zones.
Wrath is just around the corner and so is patch 3.0. We’re going to see lots of changes soon…let’s enjoy a nostalgic look back at what we’ve had all along.