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,, 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:

3 Comments on “MMORPG”

  1. jennynweeden says:

    I can relate to your post because I am not into video games at all really, and trying to figure this all out would probably be equally as difficult if not more so for me. It seems like you have made a lot of progress so far, and I see that you said you haven’t made any friends yet on WOW, but have you communicated with others at all on here? If so what has that been like for you? How is communicating in this virtual world the same or different from reality? I have heard some WOW players (my boyfriend and his friends) converse and it’s pretty weird at times. There’s actually a popular video on YouTube involving WOW. You can check it out here: . It shows you some of the language used in this world that you may or may not have experienced.

  2. jennynweeden says:

    Sorry for the double comment, but did you know you are on the European server of WOW? That’s why it says “eu” in the web address. I don’t know if that makes a difference to you, but since we are in a communications I just thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to do the American version.

  3. Oh, thanks! I hadn’t realized that. I’ll give the US version a try and see if there’s a difference.
    And yes, I have talked with some people, mostly just trying to figure things out. They’re usually pretty friendly and willing to help, but I’m in the first level(world?) so I think everyone I’ve encountered thus far has been pretty inexperienced and we’re kind of all in the same boat. I’ll focus more on chatting and what it has to offer the next time I log on.

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