Stats of Import
Absurdly Specific Genre: Monthly Payment: The Game
Difficulty: I don't really know how to answer that. Most of the game's experience was knowing one's role, which I was always terrible at. I'll give it a 7 for the parts that I played.
Beaten: Obviously not possible, but I never even raided that much.
I have a... complicated relationship with this game, but first, a story...
September 2005 was unkind to me. I worked 30 hours a week at a small town computer repair center, but got paid for zero of those hours (for a variety of reasons). Fed up with this, I looked for a new job, finally scoring one at Unicel. To treat myself for my first substantial paycheck in well over a year, I got myself a subscription to World of Warcraft...
The world of Azeroth is an easy one to lose one's self in. Like every MMORPG I've played, it invites exploration to a very defined extent. I essentially said "screw that" and walked wherever I damn pleased. As a level 20, walking in the Deadlands occasionally proved to be treacherous (and a little bit foolish) but hell, I was playing the game the way I wanted to play it.
|I died.......a lot.|
I was never particularly good at raid mechanics in World of Warcraft. Since about 70% of the enjoyment of the game is locked up inside those instances where you and a dozen or so of your closest friends take on the depths, this presented a problem. I was never in sync with anyone, because anytime a friend would create an alt and level him alongside me, they would eventually overtake me. I was never driven enough to actually play the game the way it was meant to be played.
|Pictured: The ideal way to play World of Warcraft|
World of Warcraft is a game that confounds me where this list is concerned. On the one hand, this is the one game on either list that I can guarantee I'll never play again. Life has moved on, and while I still play quite a lot of video games, I just don't have the time to commit to something like it. On the other hand, even though I never even scratched the surface of the game proper (there are loads of raids that I never darkened the doors of), a lot of the experiences I had while playing are indelible. The first time I walked into any of the major cities (esspecially Ironforge), the first time I saw the pirate ship in the Deadmines, the hours I spent playing in the PvP arenas. All of it merits the game a spot on the list - even if sometimes it felt like I spent more time killing boars than I did interacting with the world at large.