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    Lamada's World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (PC)

    [January 15, 2008 01:10:03 AM]

    This run through was no different. Wow immediately sucked me in and made it very hard to stop playing. In fact, it was kind of annoying for me to have to stop playing the game to follow the assignment. Whatever. Either way, I found myself engaging in the great PvP aspects of WoW. Blizzard, the designer of WoW, really outdid themselves with their revolutionary ideas for PvP. Normally in MMO's, when PVP is fought, it's during the course of the game and at any point. This is called World based pvp. WoW has great world pvp, especially around area's such as Hillsbrad, where the general closeness of Horde and Alliance (the two opposing sides in the game) creates a lot of PvP opportunities.
    But Blizzard went another step in introducing battlegrounds, which are basically instanced battlefields where you can duke it out with another human player for fat lootz and prizes. You not only play against people on your server, but from other servers that Blizzard has assigned into your battlegroundpools. With this far-reaching potential PvP population, and the level of tracking of stats ect done in game, players are able to rank and recognize the best players across multiple servers. If you value being better then someone else at a video game, at least WoW lets you know how much better.


    The design of the game, as I mentioned earlier, is intricate and beautifully done. Blizzard truly has created a long-lasting winner. The game isn't always the best at providing new content as the player progresses upwards through his level life, but then again, its an RPG. Theres bound to be some leveling tediousness. Overall though, I think Blizzard did a great job of keeping things interesting throughout all 70 levels. Recently, a new quest of the day has level 70's scrambling all over Outland to earn more reputation and gold for their characters who have conquered all the non-instanced parts of the game.
    Being an MMO, WoW obviously has a lot to do with social interaction. However, WoW was the first MMO to break into mainstream culture. It's easy learning curve and addictive nature, plus changing conceptions about playing video games, make WoW an extremely accesable for those who haven't played an MMO or even many video games. The player structure encourages serious, competative gameplay with honor systems and ranked PvP, yet leaves plenty of fun, rewarding quests for those who wish to take their ride through the WoW universe a little slower.
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    [January 14, 2008 10:46:18 PM]

    In the MMORPG World of Warcraft, the player creates an online avatar our of various fantasy races of the Warcraft universe, and proceeds to fight and explore his way through the world. The player can kill creatures, do quests, and even engaged in raned PVP (player vs. player) combat. All of this creates a world very easy to become immersed in, and to put it frankly, extremely addicting if you don't watch yourself.


    Every exposure to the World of Warcraft is a heavy undertaking. I log in, with no general activity in mind, and before I know I have quickly and automatically put my character to "work" doing the things that any respectful Azerothian would do. WoW has the ability, due primarily to the beautiful setting that you find youself in, to pull you in, and only very grudgingly let you go. Every piece of scenery, every house, and even every mob spawn were all placed there individually by a member of a the devolpment team. Unlike many other MMO's, where the lands and places your character exists were spawned with random programming algorithms, the World of Warcraft was lovingly modeled. This great depth and variety in the world really decrease the feeling that you are even playing a game, meaning that long periods of time get unexpectedly spent, well, questing.
    This leads me to my next point. With all this questing going on, how can I ever get any work done? Well, it helps that I'm assigned to play WoW for this class, but secondly I find the WoW doesn't take up time that I was using before. I still do my homework, still go to rugby, and still interact with my friends enough that they can mildly accept my new alter-ego/avatar. Kind souls. Either way, I find in my life that I have a lot of time when I'm doing nothing, and just mindlessly bored. WoW has replaced that time completely. Now, I'm always doing something, whether it's searching for more Iradium to mine or trying to finally craft those epic bracers. Plus, if you can convince your friends that its "cool" to play WoW, you feel better about yourself. :-)
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    Lamada's World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (PC)

    Current Status: Playing

    GameLog started on: Sunday 13 January, 2008

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