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Why do you play WoW? And how do you convey this to others?

Have you ever had someone pull the “say whaaat?” face when you mention you play WoW?

In light of the stigma some feel in admitting they play WoW (I wrote a post about it called: “First rule of WoW, you don’t talk about WoW” – MMO’s and stigma) I tried to cover as much as I could think of, all the reasons people might have for playing, what they get out of it, and word it in a way non-players could understand and maybe even relate to.

I was inspired by Bethany’s post where she asks for her readers advice on how to ease people into knowing that she played WoW. I thought I’d try and make a list of things to say when people question “why on earth you chose to play that game”.

Maybe you can recognize yourself somewhere?

Professor Putricide wants to see you at his "office"

  • I play as an experiment.

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Players > NPC's

  • I find playing against and with other people in online games more rewarding than playing against pre-programmed robots or even watching tv.

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Problem-solving and Efficient Strategies

  • WoW provides stimuli for me to make me think logically to solve different problems. I like finding out the most efficient strategies and will sometimes approach the game as a puzzle that needs solving.

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Being Active by Being Challenged

  • I like being challenged, and to challenge myself, including in games where I can collaborate with others to meet an end goal. It’s sort of a hobby and keeps my mind active.

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Guild Management

  • I’m into guild management and put a lot of effort into dealing with all the circumstances that arise when leading 10 or 25 people towards a common goal, while also being attentive to maintaining the social ties around being part of a guild. It’s almost like Human Resources, just the virtual world version.

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Making New Friends

  • I like tying friendships in online games, it’s fun to play with a diverse group of people. Some are from different cultures and nationalities, some are much older/younger/richer/poorer than I am. And some are just like me.

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Maintaining Friendships

  • I like playing with my offline friends/girlfriend/boyfriend, it’s something active and fun for us to do together. Playing together can work really well in fx a long distance relationships.

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Economist in Training

  • I’m trying out my economical skills at the in game auction house, to see how rich I can get.

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Being Part of the WoW story

  • I like being part of this epic story. Imagine your favourite tv series, and how exciting it is to watch the latest episode, only in my case, I am the main character.

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Exploring New Fantasy Worlds

  • I like to explore this fantasy world. Think of fx the movie Avatar and how beautiful the planet Pandora was, wouldn’t you like to travel around in that world? (Watching Avatar in 3D doesn’t count)

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Competition

  • I’m competitive and I like my skills to be put to the test. In WoW I can fight in the arena or the battlegrounds against other players, and I always play to win. Getting server-firsts is also on my list.

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Decking out the Character

  • I like dressing my characters up. Collecting fancy, good looking clothing and accesories in order to put them together as a set, is part of the fun.

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Completion and Collections

  • I’m a collector, I like finding the rare and hidden “gems” in the game but also completing achievements. The more extravagant and rare the better. What others don’t have, I want.

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Roleplay and Player-driven Narratives

  • I like to roleplay in games. It’s like being part of an act, but there is no script. Instead I have to devise my characters identity, think on my feet and build a story with my fellow roleplayers.

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Unconventional Gameplay

  • I like setting up events in the game. I like arranging parties and making guildmeetings that much more engaging. I’m always trying to find crazy unconventional ways to have fun in the game.

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Griefing and Ganking

  • I like poking fun at people, I find it entertaining to tease and fool around with other players in the game, I laugh when others cry. Some might call me a griefer or ganker.

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Must... play... WoW...

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  • I am just straight out addicted.

I’m sure there’s a million reasons people play WoW or any other MMORPG for that matter. I play for several of the ones above.

Anything you would add to the list?

(Last updated 11/6-11)