Oct 30th 2010 7:11PM My first was a hunter because the idea of a troll with a gun was hilarious. My battlecry was "He's got a gun!". Never made it past 30ish back in vanilla.
My main is a mage now. Why? Because I saw one at the crossroads, duelling anybody who could with a sword in his hand crying "MAGEBLADE!" that was all it took.
Aug 21st 2010 1:11PM This is exactly it.
Mr.T once asked me what was MY game. My answer will be different to yours, which is different to everyone elses.
Aug 21st 2010 12:18PM I wouldn't be so quick to distinguish email services from in game mail. They're identical apart the context of being 'in game'. You're dead on about eBay, however the discussion becomes one about the value of money, and whether perceived value is a legitimate comparison to real world money. Certainly a diamond isn't very practical, it doesn't have intrinsic worth beyond what we ascribe to it - namely, shininess, and the fact that other people want it. The same is true of gold. However, this is a seperate discussion.
The difference with Poker is that it is a game from start to finish. This may be different in World of Poker though. World of Warcraft is a virtual world, in which one may certainly play; in fact, play is the focus. However, I believe that waiting in queue for a random dungeon is synonymous with waiting in line for a movie, you're in the area where play will happen! You want it to happen, and are actively trying to organise that.
You can certainly play a game and not have fun. But I'm suggesting you can be in a game without playing.
Aug 21st 2010 11:49AM I have to say I disagree with the overriding opinion here. I think you can be in WoW without playing WoW.
If I log in and stand there, I'm participating in WoW, but not playing; in the same way you can stand in a playground, but being there doesn't mean that you're playing.
WoW is a game in so far as you are playing it. The definition of play is crucial here. I will take the Apple Dictionary definition of "engag[ing] in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose."
The nature of this 'serious or practical purpose' will inevitably be subjective. If all you do is check your mail and run the auction house, how can this be different to checking your gmail and browsing eBay to check your auctions? The key difference is that in WoW you have an avatar, a literal embodiment of yourself in virtual space - whereas while browsing the internet, you're at a computer, but I dare say your virtual self is disembodied. Also eBay uses the real munnys.
If the context of your activity is all that is necessary to determine whether one is playing or just participating, then if someone checks facebook at work, does that mean they're working? Surely, as they're at work, that defines their activity. However, we all know that to be a fallacy. I suggest that it works the other way around for WoW - that you can be working, or at the very least not playing - while being in game.
Ultimately, you will be on the Auction House, checking your mail, checking your guild calendar all to inevitably PLAY the game - which may be a RPing event, a battleground, or levelling. However, one can certainly work towards organising play. For example, I'm seeing The Expendables with my friends in the morning, which I would consider a recreational 'play' activity. However, the facebook thread in which we liaised about our availabilities wasn't play - though we were all logged into Real Life.
Just a few thoughts. Sorry for wall of text.
Apr 30th 2010 11:40AM There were a host of other justified reasons for removal of plainsrunning
not the least of all "It would sometimes kick in at the worst possible moment, causing unwanted body pulls. "
Although personally, I'd be hard pressed to think of something more annoying than 'dismounting' every time I stopped moving.
Jan 23rd 2010 8:28PM In fact, if they're trying to gear up and playing their role well, I don't care if they're doing less than that.
Jan 23rd 2010 8:26PM @Docp: Your position is absolutely justified. DPS should be pulling their weight. The important thing to recognise is that in a heroic (with the exceptions of the ICC ones) 1500DPS is pulling your weight.
Sep 19th 2009 11:33PM My first real toon was a Troll Hunter. My first FIRST toon was a Human Paladin.
I remember, as a 20 something Hunter in crossroads watching a duel between two people. One was just a lowbie, but the other was a 50 something mage. Unfair? No. In his weapon slot he wielded a sword and shouted 'MAGEBLADE'. I witnessed awesome.
From watching other duels, I had seen a variety of bizarre abilities put forth by mages. So they shot bluebolts, ok, wait. . . Now they shoot red bolts? and what was that icy explosion?? But when I saw that duel, sword gripped firmly in +int clothed fist, I knew must play a mage.
My first toon to 80? Mage.
Also . . . . I laughed out loud in real life when I read "Griffin Poo" wand. XD
Aug 24th 2009 8:37AM I'll be rolling my Troll Druid on day 1. My first horde toon was a Troll, it'll be nice to see the eyes through their eyes again. (Hopefully as a sabretooth of some variety!)
I have an Orc Hunter at lv69, but the potential of a Forsaken one . . . . so tempting! I love the Dark Ranger idea that Sylvanas embodies, and her Rangers in Howling Fjord were a great inclusion.
I hope they really spend time embellishing the lore around the new class changes. Some of them won't need much (human/undead hunter, BElf warrior) but Tauren Paladin could really do with a bit more than a bored druid's conversation in Thunder Bluff, as cool as it was.
The mention that they may be elaborating on class quests (despite the increased workload for the quest designers) holds great promise for the new class/race combos.
Aug 20th 2009 7:50AM Let us now speculate on the significance of Jaina's SIXTH FINGER on the last page of the preview. I think this is an error of cataclysmic proportions! excuse the pun.