World of Warcraft. What can I say that has not already been said about this game? It’s fast becoming a household name from people of all ages. Its ease of use and controls is somewhat addicting, not to mention time consuming…So be sure if you get this game to have plenty of self control and/or free time!
World of Warcraft has many things that are appealing to persons of any age. If you like playing alone, playing with friends, or on-line role-playing then this is the game to get. Its real time play style is hard to get used to at first. The world keeps moving on even if you are not logged in. There is no pausing the game, so if you need to get off quickly you can expect to come back to a dead character or a full group wipe (Everyone dies in your group). Unless of course you were lucky enough to be sitting in a safe spot the moment you had to AFK (Away from keyboard) or were able to type “Brb”(Be right back).
There is a giant world of fun to be had in WoW. You start out picking a server type to play on. There are many to choose from and it could become confusing for the newbie player. Don’t worry, it’s far easier then you think! The servers or realms, have “types”. RP (Role-play), PvP (Player Versus Player), Normal, RPPvP(Role-play + Player Versus Player). Even a few recommended for new players! Explanations of each type is as follows.
PvP Servers — Player Versus Player combat. This means that inside the game your character is in danger of being attacked by other players, or vise versa… You could be one to attack other players! In this environment the adrenaline really starts pumping as the excitement and danger follows you through the game play. I would not recommend this type of server for new players as you must be fast with the controls and skilled in the way your character is played to be successful and not stressed out by the constant player vs. player combat.
Pro’s: High energy, fun and exciting. Suspenseful. But only if you know what you’re doing!
Con’s: Highly stressful and aggravating if you are trying to level and quest and players at level cap (Level 80 currently) come and kill you for no apparent reason. Or worse yet, they camp (Stay at your dead characters body and wait for you to resurrect, and proceed to kill you again…and again).
RP Servers — Role-play. This means you will be acting out the part of your online character as he/she would be in real life. You become your avatar and interact with others that are doing the same! Personally, this is my favorite type of server. Your imagination is the only thing that holds you back in this environment. The general community is very nice, helpful and welcoming to newbie’s, as long as they show a true effort and interest in learning the art of role play.
Pro’s: Friendly community. Helpful and welcoming. Easy to make friends and talk to people.
Con’s: On certain servers that are tagged for RP could be potentially offensive for some young children/teens and even some adults. Not suited for people who take things personally or are easily offended. Some people take their RP to new heights and will act as if they are cruel or mean to you, after all that is their characters personality, not theirs. Some sexual content and language also lives in these servers of which is normally not public, however I have been randomly picked out of a crowd to be asked sexually explicit things… To their dismay, I declined.
Normal or PvE servers — Player versus environment. These servers are very relaxed and nice to play on when just starting out and you want to get the feel for the game. The player (You) goes around peacefully accepting and completing quests and other fun things that you will learn to do, such as buy/sell on the auction house and much more. No one will attack you, such as in a PvP server. This is not to be confused with the PvP features of arenas and battle grounds. Which happen to be available for all server types! Get a taste, without being forced to take on full world pvp combat.
RP-PVP — It’s all the fun of both a PvP and RP server. Although most servers of this type that I tested, had little RP to be offered. Sadly, that is just the way it goes as there is no way the GM’s can control how people play on what server. I wish there was! Although there is not much RP to be found, there is some. And with enough die hard pvp and rp fans, maybe in the future these types will grow into what they were made for.
Pro’s: You get to do a little of everything, or a lot of everything…if that is what you like to do!
Con’s: A lot of PvP and a little of RP on these servers.
After you pick your server of choice you move on to making your actual character. You get to choose from two factions either Horde or Alliance. Horde being the “Evil” and the Alliance being the “Good” side. Although some would say, it’s the other way around!
After choosing your faction or side you get to choose your race. You have the choice of five races. For alliance there are… Human, Dwarves, Gnome, Draenei, and Night elves. On the horde side you choose from… Orc, Undead, Bloodelf, Troll, and Tauren. All of which have their own good and bad race attributes.
As for the class types, you have a pick of ten different, unique choices. Druid, Mage, Warlock, Warrior, Paladin, Hunter, Priest, Rogue, Shaman and WoW’s first hero class the Death Knight. But not every race can be every class as of yet.
While World of Warcraft or more commonly known WoW, is great fun for everyone there are some things that are not that family friendly about it. Now I know that the game masters (GM’s) can only monitor and do so much policing in game that it would be highly unlikely to catch every inappropriate moment. That being said kids under 18 should really be monitored when playing on certain servers or realms, where they could be exposed to sexually explicit chat or role-play. Understand that this, in no way is of any fault of the Dev team or anyone else involved in the making of the game. Like I said earlier, they can’t control every little thing that goes on in-game, unless it is reported to them. When they (GM’s) receive an in-game petition ticket, they do however try their hardest to reply in a timely fashion and fix the issues you have. My experiences with the GM’s have been nothing but helpful.
You can buy the game at virtually any retail store in the U.S. or online. For around $20 for the basic game (No expansions) you can’t go wrong with trying it out! If you don’t want to purchase the game to try it, don’t worry because Blizzard offers a free trial from their site. Www.Worldofwarcraft.com
As far as my personal experience with the game goes, I have been playing WoW since it’s launch in November 22, 2004. I would recommend this game to people looking for something fun to do. It’s a game that you are likely to get lost in and have a lot of fun and make friends! Take your time and just have a good time.