From Time: Confessions of a 30-Year-Old Gamer
This is a very good article about MMOGs (Massively Multi-player Online Games) and, in particular, World of Warcraft. I think the author does a good job of explaining why it’s addictive and powerful. I think anyone who has friends, significant others, family members, etc. that play MMOGs should read this – it might help you understand.
I just read the Time article on WOW that you had posted to your blog. Curiously, I think he left out something important. Many people play WOW and never group and never join a guild, but still, for those people it is a social event. WOW is like a big public space â€“ even if you arenâ€™t talking to people or working with them, you arenâ€™t really alone (or maybe you are, but you donâ€™t feel as alone). Playing Oblivion on your PC is like going up into the mountains or watching television in your room â€“ playing WOW is like going to the mall or a restaurant. You might sit by yourself, but you are still out in public.
I wonder how much oxygen WOW has sucked out of the PC gaming market? Since Iâ€™ve started playing it, I have not played for any significant time a single, other game. And, worse, I only bought 2 in the last year. I know Iâ€™d have an XBOX 360 if I didnâ€™t play WOW.