I’ve always been of the opinion that those who play MMO’s are just like everyone else and that you can find all kinds of people playing MMO’s. While I still believe all of this to be true, I’ve been thinking of the fact that we maybe part of our own little sub-culture, who live an alternative life style. At first this thought might seem a bit foreign too you, since most of us do concider our selves rather normal, a part of the crowd. But think about it. Think of other alternative life styles. Can you relate to them? Do you understand them? Now think about how people who doesn’t play MMO’s on a regular basis relate to us who do.
Killing a boss that the guild has struggling with for a long time has real effect on my mood. Someone might ask me the next day why I am so cheery. If I’d answer that my favorite football team just won a match against a rivaling team, I’d get an approving nod, even though the person might not be interested in football. If I’d tell them I just killed Sartharion with two drakes up, I’d get a blank stare. What has become a rather big part of my life (at least time wise), is completely foreign to other people. Friends of mine have never even heard of using voice communication like Ventrilo to communicate while playing an online game, but to those who do, it’s just as normal as watching TV.
I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this post. It sort of just popped into my head. I guess it’s the thought of that most people are oblivious to what I consider a part of every day life that freaks me out a bit. On one end I find the thought of being this “attatched” to something virtual a bit frightening, but at the same time, how is raiding three times a week different from going to football practice three times a week apart from the physical presence of those you play with?
I’ve heard people say that WoW is the new golf. Something that everyone can get into no matter what kind of background you come from. Although MMO’s isn’t quite there yet, I think they might be one day. By the time I’m in the old folks home I expect too see a wide variety of MMO’s. Ones both far more casual and hardcore than WoW, some completely different and probably quite unimaginable at this time. Perhaps one day saying that you are going to be playing an MMO on a Saturday night will become as socially acceptable as saying that you are going to see a movie or similar. Now, you could ask your self if it’s good that VR might become a big part of a lot of peoples lives? As long as I keep my RL and VRL (I invented a new abbreviation!) separate I don’t see a problem with it. I could write another paragraph about not being able to separate the two, and the claimed “WoW-addicts”, but I’ll leave that for another post.
All of this ended up as a bit of a messy brain fart. There was just some thoughts I had to get out there. Now I’m curious if anyone recognize them selves in some of these thoughts. Do a /played. Do you find the amount of time you’ve spent on something that isn’t real disturbing?
(If I got you thinking with this post, I recommend you go listen to WoW Cast Episode 43)