May 6th 2008 1:55AM I've had a few experiences. Sometimes it's a talkative person at EB Games or some other game store.
The most significant experience involved meeting someone my partner was a guildy with on another server. We went out for dinner (him, my partner and some friends) and for the first 10 minutes or so it was fairly quiet. Then it picked up when we started talking about WoW... but aside from that we didn't have a huge amount to talk about. Plus, we were banned from talking about WoW after a while because one of the friends didn't play (WoW or any computer games at all) and it must have been boring for them to hear all that stuff even for a short while. :P
I suppose it's like when two single people are chucked together by a well-wishing relative/friend in the hope they'll be made for each other even though they have nothing in common. Or another situation could be that you get 30 people going to do the same University course, but just because they have similar hobbies doesn't mean that they'll get along.
Mar 15th 2008 12:54PM My old guild used to have different kinds of sushi for ranks, though the lowest rank was "KFC".
Jul 25th 2007 7:11PM Sure there will be thousands of posts from hundreds of people, but I might as well try :D
Jul 17th 2007 4:47PM @1
Lol, that's the most perfect example of exactly why those games are so limited. Not everyone has a mind that is logical by the standards required to get anywhere in those text based games. Which is exactly why WoW and other virtual worlds are so popular. If WoW disappeared people most of the audience would never even consider playing those types of text games, they would go back to FPS, RPGs like Morrowind/KOTOR, platform games, etc.
They're like cryptic crosswords and lateral thinking puzzles. You can either do them or you can't. There isn't really a grey area to it.
Jun 26th 2007 1:56PM @ 38
Really, I couldn't have said it better than that.
Jun 26th 2007 1:48PM Basically, what I see from the people who are not offended by using such language, is a lack of empathy. Whether someone values being empathetic or not is their choice, but I am personally much more likely to associate myself with people who are considerate towards others.
Also, to the people who claim that every female member of their guild is indifferent about joking about rape, how are you so certain? Have you asked every one of them? Some women might find others using the word 'rape' (etc.) highly offensive, but may not see the point in arguing over it if the dominant membership of the guild happens to all be the type of person to laugh at such things. Trying to make a point in such a situation can seem utterly pointless.
Jun 26th 2007 1:24PM I should add, that every use of rape I have seen referenced on chat channels, that I have reported, was not in a 'rape and pillage' context.
Jun 26th 2007 1:19PM I have personally made sure to report every single person who I have seen joke about rape in any chat channel. I think it shows a tremendous amount of immaturity to be so cut off from what you are saying to other people. I honestly find general use of the words 'retarded' and 'gay' to be in a similar light, but joking about rape is one step further, imo.
Jun 3rd 2007 10:27AM Rather than the standard 'I always take RL over the game' speech, I'm going to offer a different perspective on the issue, one that may sound quite familiar to a lot of you. I warn you that it's a bit 'relationshippy'.
I spend a considerably large amount of time playing this game, though I've started to try to regulate it better.
To be specific, I've actually made some changes to my game time because it was affecting my relationship negatively. Basically what happened was that one day (a Monday to be specific) I was about to start a group that had been put in group calendar for numerous days prior, and the other people were almost ready to go also. We were actually having an important discussion about the direction of the guild at the time, as we were having quite a few problems relating to people leaving the guild, and in general the guild management situation.
My partner called me while the discussion was going on and I said I couldn't talk at that time. She got quite upset at me. I thought it was because she was being anti-WoW and I was equally annoyed at her because at the time I thought she didn't want me to do anything that didn't involve her. One of those relationship misconceptions that can only be helped through talking. :P
We later had a talk about it and she had something she wanted to talk to me about that was completely unrelated (it was positive), but she didn't say anything on the phone. I told her that I couldn't read her mind, and it would have been easier if she had have said that the phone conversation was important to her when she called.
It was through this happening that I decided I didn't like setting so many days in the week for group/raid times, and that I would rather drop out of a group altogether than upset her again.
Since then the guild I was in disbanded, and I've told the officers of the new guild I'm in that I will only be available for raids two days of the week (which are all but set in stone) when my partner is most likely to be busy.
I actually enjoy the game more now. I don't feel a great deal of pressure to be on every night so the guild progresses, and she knows when I'll be busy so she doesn't give me a hard time about being harder to contact on those days. She's also a lot more understanding about how much I enjoy and value the time I spend playing WoW because we talked about it (also in part to the fact that she's now a semi-regular player of the game too, entirely of her own volition), and knowing that I'm not so tied up during the week has been good for both of us.
Long post :P
Jun 1st 2007 12:42AM For the amount of WoW I play I don't dream about it very much. But one day a very long while ago, when my main would have been in the 20s/30s, I had a dream about a place I'd never been to before. Within a few weeks of that dream, I decided to try my first battleground. When I zoned into WSG, and ran outside I realised that the place I'd dreamt about looked remarkably similar, though it was more cartoonish in the game.
The human brain is an interesting thing.