MMORPGPosted: September 25, 2011
Ok, so let me start with the basics. MMORPG is an acronym for “massively multiplayer online role-playing game.” I was really intrigued by this topic, mostly because I have never been a part of this type of an online experience before. Everyone’s heard of World of Warcraft, probably the most popular MMORPG on the net right now, and I was eager to see what all the hype was about under the guise of “doing research,” as it seems to be a somewhat nerdier hobby. I started everything with this website, http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/, which is where I downloaded the game on to my computer (an approximately FIVE HOUR undertaking) and self-taught myself the basics of the game. There’s a lot that goes into WOW, and I’m nowhere near understanding it in its entirety, but this is the general idea:
World of Warcraft is a place where users can create avatars and interact with other people in the world of Azeroth. Since everyone cannot fit into one world, they have broken Azeroth into smaller “worlds,” where players’ main goals are to complete quests, given out by computer avatars. Through quest completion, gifts and rewards are bestowed upon the player along with level promotion. In the upgraded version of WOW, users can play past level 20, but with the free trial version, which I felt was more in my budget range, one can only reach level 20. This is the basis of the game, although there are many, many details I’m still trying to sift through.
So far, I have created a number of avatars, as it is quite enjoyable. The main character I have been playing with is a human I named Pumpernickle, but I’ve also tried playing as a blue thing with the computer-generated name of Ghertus(?). So far, I have killed moths for their blood, delivered messages, and asked a lot of people questions about things I don’t understand. I still don’t have any friends, which, other than being depressing, means I might have trouble completing some of the bigger quests that require multiple people to work together. Thus far, it has been a fantastic experience, and I’m enjoying it much more than I probably should be…
So there you have it, an up-to-date summary of my online gaming experience. For further reading on the specifics of WOW and how to get started, here’s the link I used to educate myself: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/guide/