Mar 16th 2010 2:56PM On one hand, this article is great to see. The assumption that everyone who plays WoW is white, male and under 25 is getting kinda stale. On the other hand, it doesn't do much to counter the stereotype that older players can't really play that well because we're all computer illiterates who can barely move a mouse.
However, on the third hand (whoops, ran outta hands,) it does point up how WoW works for everyone. For those of us playing with the younguns, I'd just like to state for the record that we come in all flavors, shapes and degrees of sharpness. While I'm only 54, I introduced my family to WoW, I'm the one who's the computer geek in the house, I've got a level 80 druid and my reflexes are just fine thanks. (I challenge anyone to a game 'Spit' anytime, anywhere =)
Aug 1st 2009 11:28AM It's interesting how a virtual community like WoW allows us to bypass our prejudices, whether about gender, ethnicity or age. That's really one of the things I like about the game. I can interact with a group of people and their response to me will only be based on what I do and say. Ironically, it's one of the few places in America that I get to just be a human being. Even this post allows me that freedom. You don't know my age, gender or ethnicity, (although you can probably guess most of them based on my comment...go on...guess)
I'll tell you at the end. It's alittle upsetting to realize that there are so many unsupervised children running around Azeroth. Although it shouldn't really surprise us considering how many run around without a parental eye in the real world. It would be nice if they had somewhere to go to get help. (Maybe there should be an in-game Library, get those kids reading! ;o)
I've run with 12 year olds who lead pugs with the maturity of a 30 year old and 30 year old who acted like they were...7 =p I just take em as they present themselves. Thanks for this article though. I'll be a lot more patient the next time someone is begging or incessantly asking to be run through rfc!
Did you guess my stats? I'm female, (no surprise, my handle told you that.) I'm 53 and I'm black.
Nov 26th 2008 11:51AM Da'Nile - it really ain't just a river in Egypt.
While it may be nice to finally find someone agreeing with what you'd like to think, most of us playing WoW are clear that we are, in some way, ADDICTED to playing this game. OK, technically 'addicted' is the wrong term, use a synonym instead - habit, compulsion, dependence, need, obsession, craving. We deal with it in different ways and with different levels of success but (be brutally honest with yourself) if Tuesday's maintenance went on til Wednesday how would you feel?
That said, I agree that parents need to take control of their children's access. However, players, whatever their age, need to be honest with themselves about what they are choosing to do with their time. Learn to take responsibility for your actions - sound familiar?
Please don't let this article or these comments let you delude yourself into thinking - you don't have an 'addiction'...it's your parents fault you're playing too much...you don't have any responsibility in the matter...so great, you can put off that homework/report/job you've got due and just log on instead.
Nov 15th 2008 3:50PM more shiny goodness!
Nov 11th 2008 5:27PM ooooo....shiny.....
Jun 7th 2008 1:08PM As an older MaMa who plays a level 70 druid in a raiding guild, it kind of pisses me off to be labeled this way. Hopefully your readers will be 'mature' enough to realize that talking about any group of people in such a general way is...oh, how can I say it...bogus ;p
Dec 17th 2007 9:08PM I play love, am, fight For the Horde.