WoW: A World of Magic and Wonders and Social Interaction - an article by Britta N. Osey (first published in the Daily Spill-Bean, 07/04/2009)
World of Warcraft is an online computer game which enables people to (role)play together in a fantasy world. The players can either choose to be part of the Alliance (consisting of the races: Human, Dwarf, Night Elf, Gnome and Draenei) or part of the Horde (consisting of the races: Orc, Undead, Tauren, Troll and Blood Elf). These races can then be chosen to belong to a certain class (the classes that one can pick are: Mage, Shaman, Warrior, Hunter, Warlock, Rogue, Paladin, Priest, Druid, Death Knight). Each class has its own set of abilities and skills to master. But what precisely is it that draws people into this "reality"? This question was asked to a Danish student at the University of Aalborg, called Heine Christensen:
Heine Christensen: "Yeah, well, what I, like personally, like the most about WoW - best game EVER! WoW ftw btw! YIR! And you can quote me on that - is that it is so damn IMBA. Seriously, you can have fun with your IRL mates online and chat, and chill, and whatnot, and you can own biii-atches in BG ftw. Last night I was like in WsG, and I was like: Don't go fucking stealth om MY ASS, n00b rogue, and then I was like "Consecration" and "Judgement of Light". AND POW! Right in the kisser. And then I was like "Hammer of Wrath"! Yes pls. Win. "
And thus one gets an answer to why some people enjoy World of Warcraft.
-Britta N. Osey