Sunday, March 21, 2010

Gateway Drugs

Growing up my parents would never buy me or my sister a video game console, so my sole exposure to Mario and the like came from going over to my male friend's house and getting owned by his little brother every single time. Today I would still get owned by a 7 year old in console gaming. But despite my parents best efforts to get me to go outside and play instead of sitting in front of the computer I soon picked up PC games like The Sims, SimCity, and Rollercoaster Tycoon.

During high school I some how wind up with this nerdy boyfriend who talks endlessly about all kinds of video games and uses words I don’t understand like tank, stats, and dps. Eventually he somehow convinces me to try out a game called Ragnarok Online, its free he tells me, free is good. And I can play it on dial up which is the only thing we had at the time. So I get this Ragnarok Online and start playing. It’s a cute little Korean 2D sprite based game with almost no quests and a constant grind, but I don’t know any better and I started to love it. I become a forum troll, constantly reading so I can get better and before you know it I’m far higher level and much richer than my poor boyfriend. I’m not going to lie, I think beating him probably increased my sense of enjoyment.

So off to college I go and now said BF starts going on and on about this game called World of Warcraft. Well it sounds pretty cool, but it costs money and I’m none too keen on this. Finally I agree to make a test character on his account. I rolled a gnome mage, and I died a lot. It was a horrible experience really. I didn’t like it at all. Reluctantly I took the official World of Warcraft guide books my boyfriend had laying around and flipped through them. Ultimately it was those guides that convinced me that I had to play World of Warcraft.

I know that they are hopelessly outdated almost immediately after an expansion and that all the tables of quests, gear, and recipes are useless when you can get easier access to better information on Wowhead, but damn it those pictures are pretty. I enjoyed reading the little bios of each class and race and pouring over the ability listings. I never gave those guides back to the BF, shhh don’t tell, and I bought the Wrath of the Lich King Guide and will definitely be buying the Cataclysm guide. So I was lured into the World of Warcrack by a crappy Korean game and pretty pictures. My first toon on my own account was, what else, a night elf hunter, who is now my level 80 bank alt and I haven’t looked back since. The moral to this little story is guys, don’t give up, your significant other can be lured into WoW playing, but beware, she might pwn your face someday :)

1 comment:

  1. This is the boyfriend speaking. She wouldn't say it for matters of my pride, but she also beat me to 80, beat me to having a second 80, AND has roughly 10-15 times the gold I do.