Where have all the good gnomes gone?

9 05 2007

So I have this ongoing addiction to World of Warcraft. It’s an on-off-on sort of thing, usually in swing with how motivated I’m feeling to do actual work, or get outside. The cycle starts with me getting a jones to play. I try to satiate the urge by playing some other game, something that doesn’t require the time commitment of WoW. After a few days of Xbox 360, though, I find myself reading forums for old realms I used to play on, or checking out the rewards for different battlegrounds. Then one evening I’ll be home alone, reading some random article on the web, and I’ll find out that the author of that article (which I am likely enjoying) is also a player of WoW. That’s usually a guarantee that within an hour I’ll have my wallet in hand, looking up my card number to reinstate my subscription.

The problem is that WoW is a social game. I’m not a social creature. I find it difficult to interact with people who’s only similarity I share is a choice in Horde vs. Alliance. It doesn’t help that most of the people who you interact with come off as being children with anger management issues, especially when they are likely in their mid twenties. I quit when the grinding and putting up with attitudes overwhelms the pleasure of whomping on your opponents with a large hammer. So where are these others, those who can play WoW and also write, create, and hold a conversation?

You would think that after playing the game and becoming dissatisfied once would be enough. But I’ve been through at least three full cycles of this. And it’s always some well spoken journalist/blogger/what-have-you that brings me back. Because I realize then that there are intelligent people who play this game. I just don’t know where they are.

Anyway, I’ve started the search for them again. I switched from Horde to Alliance. Despite the general reputation of the Alliance as being the less intellectually adept faction to play, I’ve noticed that nearly all of those whom I read about and look for play Alliance.

Got to go, Warsong Gulch calls, more later! Oh, sorry, I mean g2g, wsg!