WoW Player Caleb | The Interview

Iím Caleb.† Iím 18.† And I play World of Warcraft.

I used to play another MMO, and I kept hearing about WoW, and then eventually I migrated over and met a lot of cool people and just kinda stuck with it.

MMO is short for MMORPG which is a massively multi-player online role-playing game.

Itís very silly.† A lot of MMOs get really dark and you have to kill all these people and everybodyís dead; WoW is just, itís more fun.† Itís not as dark and terrible, but it can still be dramatic.

Some of the people.† Because they act like a bunch of asshats.

He is a level 85 orc shaman.† I picked a different race, but he was in another faction, so I decided to switch to horde, which is what Iím playing now, and it just appealed to me.† I was playing on a different character and I saw one run up to something and he hit it and a huge tornado erupted from it and I was like ďthat was really cool.Ē† And I stuck with it because I like the totems.† A totem is these things a shaman can make appear and each one does something different, like thereís a water totem, a manna totem that restores your manna.† Iíve got a whole bunch of different totems.† Youíve got one for every element.

I have 11.† This oneís named Choup, thinner than chowder, thicker than soup Ė this one because I decided to make a funny character.

Medeas.† No, a lot of these names I did make up, but not this one.† The game picked a name for me.† I was just starting and he was one of my first, so, I wasnít that creative yet.

Theyíre all like a different aspect of myself.† Heís really funny and nice, like me, and he can be a jerk.† Heís helpful, but a jerk, at times.

Hereís a level 1 character I have.† You start the game and thereís an opening cinematic thing that introduces you to the race youíre playing, and their little backstory.† Then you get an opening quest, you complete that quest, and a completed quest gets you rewards, like money, armor, and weapons.† It also gives you experience.† Once you get a certain amount of experience, youíre the next level.† It takes more and more quests to level up the higher and higher you get.

Iíd say so.† I wouldnít say I had that last year, and by last year I mean 2009, but before that I was playing too obsessively.† Then I kind of burnt out and didnít play at all.† Then I came back, and you have to have other things to occupy your time.

Thereís just so much you can do.† And you make lots of good friends and you only know them through the game, so maybe youíll log in just to chat, not to actually play, just to have good conversations.

You know, itís for nerds and people who have no life.† But thatís not true, because thereís such a wide variety of people who do play WoW.† Itís not just people living in their motherís basement.† People seem to see it in a negative light.† Like, ďpeople get too obsessed and spend too much time on it; they need to go out and live lifeĒ, and all that.† You just have to keep one part from the other.

Theyíre stupid.† If anything, it would probably deter violence, because if youíre taking out all of your aggression on a video game, youíre probably not going to be as angry in real life.† Iíve read really good arguments, and lots of people seem to think that ďitís like a murder simulator,Ē not Wow but other video games, because WoWís not that violent.† ďIím shooting lightning bolts at someone; Iím going to go shoot lightning bolts at someone in real life.Ē† It doesnít translate.† Itís ignorant people who donít play video games in the first place who think video games equal real life when itís not like that at all.† But then there are people who get arrested and theyíll say ďGrand Theft Auto made me do it.Ē† No, theyíre just looking for an excuse, a way to get out of what theyíve gotten themselves into.† I can almost guarantee that those people would have committed those crimes whether they played Grand Theft Auto or not.

Well, people arenít allowed to own guns in England, but criminals still have guns.† It doesnít take the guns out of the hands of the people who shouldnít have them, it just makes the people who might need them to protect themselves makes it illegal for them to have them.† Bad guys are going to have weapons no matter what the law says, because they donít follow the law anyway.† Even the cops donít have guns, in England, and I think that really puts more lives in danger than it needs to.† I think that would be a mistake here in the states.

Being Human, Castle, Doctor Who, Dexter, Eureka.† Iím not big on vampires.† Firefly, Stargate.

Most video games are escapes, because life can suck sometimes, and you might want to go ride on a dragon.† Or steal a car from an old lady.

Iíve made some really good friends in WoW.

Read, play other video games.† Little Big Planet 2, Gran Turismo 5, Halo.

Iíd like to have my own house, family and junk: average.† Iíd like to not have a job, but have lots of money.

I like lots of animals.† I like penguins, wolves, lions, bears.† Not a fan of tigers.† Everybody likes tigers.† Narwhales, I love narwhales.† Theyíre the unicorns of the sea.

ďThe only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.Ē† Thatís from the book Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind.† It makes me think, donít always believe what people tell you.† Because another one is, ďGiven proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe itís true, or because they’re afraid it might be true.Ē† Thatís also Terry Goodkind.

Probably 4-5.† I spend most of my day on the Internet.

I think the future will be pretty much the same, but with better graphics.

People who use the word virtually when they mean literally.† And literally when they mean virtually, too.† Like, “you literally have to become one with the plane.”† No, you don’t.

 

Posted by +Raven

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