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3-18-2011 @ 10:56AM
Being a female WoW AND XBL player (Used to be sponsored for MLG in H2 days.... now I play Black Ops and somewhat Reach), I can definitely understand some of the pressure this person and so many others feel. XBL and FPS's will undoubtedly allure the more casual gamers. Someone already stated SO very well how it does provide instant gratification, and appeals to a stereotypically "cooler" crowd----the athletes/jock-types who don't even have the time to devote to WoW.....but you know what? Secretly a lot of them wish they did. (I know, I was captain of many Varsity teams for a long time and many secretly dreamed of playing hahaha). Console gamers can get further involved and practice 6 hours a day (as I did when in MLG, you had to train each gametype w/ your teammates so you knew what to do in every situation....think Arenas!) But it's just not the same as immersing yourself in an entirely different world...of warcraft. ^.~I think of WoW kind of like reading a phenomenal book --- how it just takes you out of the real world...let's you forget about homework....or bills.... or any amount of social problems. This is a huge benefit.... quick example:I have been with my boyfriend for five years now and for 3 of those years we were long distance. We encountered some very trying times in our personal lives....deaths...depression...and WoW was basically the ideal way for us to just go somewhere and just chill together...(via silently questing alongside one another or wandering around azeroth). When one of us was too depressed to even speak for a long time, WoW was the tool we used to just get away from it all. That said..... in spite of the vast amount of time spent on the game, friends still viewed us as 'cool.' Because it's not about what games you play, what music you listen to, or what movies you watch. It's about how you act; your personality. Your character. People viewed me as popular and pretty and never believe me when they say I play WoW...so I use that as a way to convince them WoW is pretty cool. Because if you rae confident about it, you can basically tell anyone to shove it and be happy just being you and doing things you like.Had a guy I dated for about a month whom i had to literally hide playing from for a while....we ended it because I couldn't take it anymore. He'd want to come over to watch the game or Family Guy and I wasn't allowed to multi task and get my dailies done during it.....grrrr. Some people just don't understand, and that's ok. Let the haters hate as we all have said.... and remember, everyone has their own thing goin on. Film aficionados, various types of artists, pokemon card players, everyone has some kind of hobby that they are immersed in and they just own it -- it is their thing -- so be confident, and I'm sure before long you'll be having all your XBL buddies join you on WoW too! It happened to me :)
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