I r back, with intarnets. And it feels gooood. Disturbingly good actually, but that’s enough about my internet addiction.
As you may remember I said I would try to get a couple of friends into playing WoW. Unfortunately I failed miserably. Being the boring tit faces that they are, they decided that they wouldn’t have the time because of football practice, work and general holiday stuff. Pffft, I say. Pffffft! I did expect it, though. They’ve always been the super serious types who starts itching for something sensible to do if they should happen to relax and enjoy them selves for more than half an hour. However, I did manage to get one of them to play for about an hour and made some interesting observations.
Right off the bat he does something completely different than I expected. He decides to make a female belf warlock. Since I was expecting him to go for a class a bit more “basic” looking I ask him, “why a warlock?”. His response? “Because she looked hot”. It seems I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes about him being interested in different class mechanics. After thoroughly fixing her appereance he names her “Flameina”. Not the shabbiest WoW character name I’ve come across. All of this took him about 10 minutes and he’s finally ready to start playing, at least sort of. You see, he’s not a complete MMO-newbie, he’s also quite the PC newbie. I don’t expect every 19 year old to as big a geek as me, but I had to hide a laugh when he starts off by putting his left hand on the arrow keys and his right hand on the mouse.
At this point I decided too help him with the very basics to get him off a bit faster. After showing him how health/mana, action bars, neutral/hostile mobs (when using the word “mob” he just gave me a blank stare) etc. works, he did show some potential. Among the questions he asked me was, “Is it smart to always start at max range when starting to attack?” and “Couldn’t just I play two characters on seperate computers and have one heal my self?”. The first question is ranged DPS 101, but the second one kind of threw me off. I never thought about the opportunity of multi-boxing until I read about it, but he, a level 4 warlock, had already thought about it. Now I was starting to hope that he might actually become curious enough to start playing, but I think showing him a picture off a guy played 13 characters at once put him off the idea, rather than intrigued him…
In the end, after about 1 hours play time, he logs off his warlock who is now level 5. I tried showing him a bit of PvP and raiding and explain the basics of them, but it never caught on. I suspect that the fact that he probably didn’t have a clue what I was one about had something to do with it. Even though I never really got this thing going, it was to see how a complete newbie plays the game and it made me realize why those who doesn’t play MMO’s look at us who do so strangely at times.