I’ve played this game, as previously stated, since it’s inception. I have played through the horrors that was Outlands clown gear, I’ve seen the rise and fall of Paladins, Druids, Priests, Death Knights, Mages, Warlocks, Shamans, Warriors, Hunters, and Rogues. I‘ve seen Blizzard make some HORRIBLE changes, as well as those that were needed, but none of this has bothered me as much as…
People Who Hate WoW That Never Played
I have a couple of friends who are like this, and we generally steer clear of the WoW discussion if we want to keep being friends. I’ve never understood they’re malice though. Neither has ever played the game, nor have their significant others, but they are 100% aboard the “WoW is a soul sucking game that destroys lives” train.
Have I tried to point out the fact that we’re friends, and I play quite a bit of World of Warcraft?
It doesn’t seem to register in their minds as a factor in our friendship, but more and more over the years I’ve started to ask myself: “Shouldn’t it factor in?”
The most common reasons I’ve heard from these people are:
- World of Warcraft isn’t the same as interacting with people in real life.
- WoW, is a pointless game and it provides no real life skills.
- If you’re always playing that game you never spend time with your out of game friends.
- All those people on there are 12, and little assholes.
Allow me in turn to respond to each of these in kind.
World of Warcraft isn’t the same as interacting with people in real life.
Your right I can not reach out and touch most of the people that I play with in this game, my question back to them is: “Do you and your real life friends spend entire evenings just touching each other?” Cause I don’t think that’s the norm, I’m fairly certain that’s called going to a swing club, which “no judgment” to each there own.
When I raid, quest, or do events in WoW with my friends, I find that there is no real difference then when I go out to a party, movie, etc with my RL friends, except maybe Azeroth is cheaper.
WoW, is a pointless game and it provides no real life skills.
Now, I’ll give them the benefit of stupidity that since they have never played this game they are not aware of the fact that you need, at least to raid/raid lead.
- To be able to multitask.
- Make life or death choices on the fly.
- Inspire a group of 10/25 people to work together to over come an enemy.
- Manage 10/25 people into a cohesive group.
I may be overstating on one of those, but nevertheless 4/5 of those skills are often asked for by people that are looking to work in any management/leadership position in the real world work place. I have on many occasions wished that I could put class/heal leader on my resume. Hell I want to put Raider on my resume along with the bosses I have downed.
Spending No Time with IRL Friends
I’ve never understood the comment “IRL friends”, just because I hangout with them in a virtual world, does not make them less my friends than the ones I can physically touch.
My bridesmaid at my wedding I met through WoW and lives in Maryland.
Some of my very bestfriends live on the other side of the country, and know more about me than those that live 20 minutes from my house.
On top of that of the 10 people in my raiding group 5 of them live within 1 hour of me.
All those people on there are 12, and little assholes.
Are there 12 year olds that play this game?
Are they all assholes?
No, some of them are more respectful, and better players than adults.
Also I’m not 12, my husband isn’t 12, all my raid group is certainly above the age of 18. So no they’re not all 12 and about 70% of them aren’t assholes.
All I ask is that people be respectful of the lifestyle choices that others makes, especially if you expect to call them friend, and have them call you that in return.