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9-03-2007 @ 4:24PM
I could not disagree more. To me, WoW is a game and only a game. I think maybe if the entirety of Warcraft stories and lore were presented in the form of a polished novel (or series of novels), it could maybe be considered art, because its scope is grand enough for it. But with it as a game, you come across people and things that ruin the "artful" experience. The quests that requires 30 spider legs with a drop rate of 0.04%, or some such? That group of Alliance 70s that ganked and camped your party the other day in Tanaris? How about guild names like , overinflated prices in the AH, hearing "stfu noob, check thottbot" whenever someone asks for help, people complaining that Warlocks are OP, lag, Barrens chat, ubiquitous Chuck Norris jokes, et cetera, et cetera?I don't deny that WoW can be a fun game to play, but I would pause and think a moment before elevating it to the level you have done here. WoW isn't something breathtaking like experiencing wonders of nature or hearing an emotionally charged symphony; it's a video game, and video games, I'm afraid, have generally not yet come to the point where they could be considered an art. They are a form of entertainment on the same level as watching television. To me, the purpose of this article seems less like defining WoW as art and more like defending your decision to allow it to come so close to the front of your life. Nobody would watch TV or surf the Internet for hours per day and defend it as an art-form, and I suggest people stop doing so with WoW.
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