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11-23-2009 @ 9:07PM
I came to WoW from an FPS background and hated RPGs with a passion. 5 years ago, I was part of the team that produced Ioncross Total War, a Freelancer mod which had a number of role playing characteristics and even included a mean death penalty. As ICTW faded (although it's still going at ioncross.com), I was persuaded by other online friends to try Never Winter Nights - which I hated.As that great group of friends began to break up. some of the team tried World of Warcraft. Despite their impassioned encouragement, I avoided it for the first 6 months and then finally took the step, just so I could have something I played cooperatively. Despite all my RPG misgivings, WoW hooked me with its persistent world. Four and a half years later The Order of the Ioncross WoW guild on Skywall still has some of the original ICTW team members as well as 100+ other members.Such is the complexity of WoW with its multiple internal games like bgs and arenas, its questing and raids, crafting and economy, that I've yet to become really bored. Any boredom that does loom, will be dispelled by a new patch with new content and mechanics.As I said the thing that hooked me was the persistent world and the animations. WoW is very much a living breathing world and I remember my delight at my first swim underwater. As a scuba diver, I was particularly impressed by the visual and sound effects underwater, so much so that I've swum around both of the old world continents - now where is the achievement for that? ;-)
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