Yours truly is responsible for some fairly ridiculous deeds, like pushing a car backwards through a Wendy's drive-thru at 11 pm (which elicited a stupefied look from the cashier that shall never be forgotten)OMG I'm not the only one? Win!Edit: Guess I should say something on-topic as well.. I see no reason to hide the fact that I play WoW, or any other game for that matter. What really ticks me off is when I tell someone that I play and I get looked at like I'm addicted to crack and should be in rehab. A majority of people (at least where I live) still think that in order to play WoW well you have to divorce your wife, quit your job, and have an IV of energy drinks going at all times.
Since I took an MMO vacation from WOW I went to play Perfect World International (PW2). I have to say it's pretty cool and definitely draws some interest from WOW & EQ2 from what I've seen, but it's also amazing how far we have come that there are full 3-D MMOs of apparent quality, for free, accessible to people out there. It's really nice, a good change of pace, though it is not nearly as polished as as the aforementioned games.
Nobody is normal, and nobody´s odd, everybody is unique. Am I the odd one cause I walk on my hands on the way to work or are you odd cause you dont? Everybody is different from each other and the most people I know who play WoW would probably had been called "cool" and that´s the major part of my friends. I don´t think I or my WoW playing friends are odd in any way, what I DO think is odd is people bullying people for doing what they like on their spare time.____________________________Level 80 Blood elf DK at Talnivarr
I like smoking out closet gamers.I once referred to a meat and cheese gift as "Smokeywood Pastures", and was surprised to see three of the younger adults at a family christmas gathering start to lose it.Oh my god, best idea EVER. I can only imagine them sitting there and muttering: "Will not talk about WoW. Will not talk about WoW. Will not..." *head explode*Good one indeedy! :DMe? I've been a gamer since I was about 5 or 6 when my brother first let me near his Atari (which still works to this day /flex) and I've been stuck ever since. Sure, it's netted me some uncomfortable moments back in school where nobody had any idea WTF I was talking about but I had my group of friends and I was, at the time: the go-to guy if anyone couldn't figure out what to do or needed help in a game. Being odd and a gamer is part of my personality and my friends accept that because even they have their own odd traits. Taboo my ass. They can take their 'taboo' and roll down a hill with it. Those who thought I was "nerd" and kept away from me in school - don't care. Chances are I wouldn't recognize you now anyway, nor care who you are. Friends are people who accept people for the way they are.At points I've been guilty of getting lost in a gaming world and I admit that. But it's never resulted in a lost job or someone distancing or someone dying and I didn't know etc. Mostly just a whack on the head and people going 'dude where the hell were you?'. All things in moderation. I even printed it and posted it on the wall above my monitor.To this day I haven't worked up the courage to go get the Horde emblem tattoed on my upper-right chest as I've always wanted to. I'm terrified of needles. :(
I'm a closet WoW player, although the most important people in my life know about it. Where I live, it's still considered immature to have hobbies that don't involve cutting wood, fixing machines, or gambling on sports. Don't get me wrong, I do all those things too :) But I also play WoW. I'm a teacher at a post-secondary school and amongst the staff here I see a great divide. Anyone who grew up in the 80's is a gamer and anyone older might be a gamer but publicly denounces it. Out of a staff of about 40, there's at least 15 of us young'uns who would definitely call ourselves gamers. These are professional educators with loads of experience and qualifications and very very busy schedules, but we still find time for gaming.So why am I a closet WoW player? Out of those 15 people I think of as gamers, they only admit to console gaming. Wii, XBox360 and PS3 are the main topics of conversation, but WoW only ever came up once. An older guy mentioned it one day and went into a long detailed rant about how people were living fake lives on the internet with pretend characters and what a waste of time it was. He was totally negative about the whole experience. Nobody said anything back to him.... he was our school's top administrator! Since then, WoW and anything the least bit RPG has been unofficially taboo in the staffroom. Tiger Woods Golf on the Wii? okay. Halo 3? okay. But no one has the guts to bring up WoW. The funny thing is, I'd bet money that I'm not the only WoW player in the room. I'm going to try the "Smokeywood Pastures" thing and see what kind of response I get.Bottom line here is this.... Gaming has lost a lot of its stigma, but I think RPG games like WoW have retained more of that stigma than other genres. A lot more people are willing to accept the fact that a "professional" person plays golf on the Wii than has a level 80 paladin with full epic gear. I think it'll be another generation before that stigma is lost.
The only people I know who play Wow are the people who introduced me to Wow. I don't exactly hide my gaming habits, but I don't tell people about it. I just wish Wow didn't have such a bad rep. Really, Wow has Hated reputation with the Humans of High School. If I was a little less geeky to begin with, I would probably tell people about my gaming habits, but until then, no. Note: Sorry about the lame rep joke, I couldn't resist.
I wish there was some way to tell someone you play Wow without directly telling them you play Wow. Kind of like what tessea said a couple of comments up. We need to form some sort of phrase that, while meaning nothing to the average person, identifies a person as a Wow player. Just a thought.
What could be simpler than saying to someone, "Have you ever been to Azeroth?" or "I'll meet you at the Forge later," and seeing if they catch on. If not, oh well.
What could be simpler than saying to someone, "Have you ever been to Azeroth?" or "I'll meet you at the Forge later," and seeing if they catch on. If not, oh well.If someone irl asked me that irl I would be like wtf as well. :P
You guys are a lot braver in the way that you express your hobby than I am.I have no family members, nor real life friends that enjoy gaming nearly as much as I do. In fact any discussion about games is generally considered distasteful. Which means 'inappropriate' with family and 'uncool' with friends.Games are regarded as something that social misfits do. They're regarded as unhealthy, uninteresting, unattractive, and a waste of time. Paradoxically, board games and card games (as long as they use a standard 52 card deck) are free from this stigma. I've never been proud about my 'hobby', 'habit', 'addiction', or 'dysfunction', and I've frequently been guilty about it. I've never really been all that hardcore of a player, either. At most I would play 3-4 hours on week days, and never more than 8 hours on weekend days. Since college, however, I married a wonderful girl who, although she isn't a gamer herself, doesn't necessarily associate gaming with anything negative.I continue to think of it as my 'dark secret' or 'secret shame'. And to this day I cannot talk about it in public without getting flustered and embarrassed. And I cannot help myself but negatively judge people who do talk about it in public, as if my parents are there in my head telling me that it's 'inappropriate' and 'wrong'.I would say that I wish that I could be free of these 'chains', so to speak. But I can't really fully convince myself that they really are chains. There will always be part of me that says that my parents were right, and all you gamers out there who openly talk about gaming are wrong.I'm a computer engineer, and I run into a lot of geeks on a daily basis, so this continues to be an issue for me.
And I cannot help myself but negatively judge people who do talk about it in publicThe great thing about perception is that all one has to do in order to change one is make up his/her mind to do so.So many things in our lives are left subject to interpretation. How we perceive one another, how our family perceives us, and how our co-workers perceive us are all good examples of our multi-faceted existence. Though we inhibit one being, we constantly exhibit ourselves to others. First impressions are extremely important, but forsaking who we are as individuals is far more important in my book.Thanks, you just gave me excellent blog material, :-)
I think I am just too normal to tell ..
What exactly do you mean?
and yes gamers are "normal" do i hide the fact of me being a gamer? no! im proud of the fact that im a gamer and im also gland that some ppl that have never played a game in their life are playing world of warcraft. it gives them a chance to (what i like to call) realy living is like lol!
wow ur realy commited arent you lol
I hide my gaming status for the most part. I don't tell people I necessarily play World of Warcraft, though I do mention Wowhead and that I play a lot of games in my free time.For me, one of the major reasons I don't typically share my passion for games is because I used to have very little self-control. I would let things go a bit too far and neglect other stuff that needed to be done. I think we've all done that in one way or another to be honest. That was something I wasn't proud of.Of course, being on the Wowhead team and the privilege to work with some great people, write for the blog, and discuss all of it with you guys and gals on the forums is pure win. I don't think I can give that up, even if I were banned.So much for getting rid of me!
I really don't think there exists something as "a normal person".Normal can be that banker you see everyday working at the counter,with that plain-almost-bored look on his face,but he might not be that normal when he gets home.I don't consider myself as being normal,I consider myself as being what I choose to be,I don't follow in anyone's footsteps nor do I repeat others mistakes,I make my own XD I don't brag about my hobbies,namely WoW or others,but my whole group of friends(including there my brother) play WoW (and for that matter because of them I started playing) and we do often talk about it when we meet :D But real life matters are discussed as well. I don't talk to the new or old people that are my friends and don't play WoW about it,unless they ask or I have to give an explanation from where a certain drawing or story is inspired.So,as some rich-fashion victim girls my age would say, being normal is so last decade.
All kinds of people play WoW. And this sad, unfortunate truth is the reason why there are so many wipes.
I played WoW, I used to be a pretty hardcore gamer - I still consider my gamer in the sense that I understand the true essence of video games, even though I haven't touched one for a couple months now (taking some time to get my ^&*! straight). Anyways... I disagree with the "normality is a POV" statement. One may have the perspective that they seem normal, but in reality they may have deviated from the social norm. Not that is necessarily a bad thing - I don't see why people feel the need to normalize themselves, but the fact still remains that one can be deviant from society.