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Week 4 final WoW – Corrina M

Today coughonppl introduced me to the friends that they play online with. We did a bunch of quests together and they acted just like each other. It was like they were all the same person, cracking the same kinds of jokes, dancing randomly, showing off. It was a bit weird but also pretty fun. Unfortunately, it was so fun, I forgot to take screenshots with them, but I will still attach some photos from today of my avatar in combat. Even without the screenshots, I learned some very valuable things from this group. I definitely confirmed that this game is more fun with friends and I really should join a guild. I also think I was right about my hypothesis from week 2, that people (or at least some people) play these types of games because of their friends, not necessarily because it looks fun on its own. It’s like when you go to Walmart with your friends. Walmart isn’t fun, but with your friends it can be. I think it’s similar with WoW because I don’t think anyone plays WoW for the never-ending quests. There are just too many of them all at once and it’s overwhelming. But with friends, you sort of forget you’re doing quests, you’re just running around and having fun. I think this was a valuable insight for me because it gave me a glimpse at the community aspect of MMOs. Before, I had talked to many people, but not at the same time. This was the first time I was actually in a group of players, and I’m sure it’s similar for any other group of friends who play together. Community is what brings the whole game together. That’s why MMOs exist. It’s so you can play and communicate with other people. Otherwise they would just be solo games, and I don’t think anyone would enjoy that as much. The only reason I enjoyed this game was because I was playing with other people a lot of the time, and so that’s the conclusion that I’m going to make for now. It’s not the game that draws people in. People don’t play WoW (and probably any other MMO) solely for the content. People play MMOs so they can be with other people. So they can interact with other people and play together. This is especially relevant right now when video games are one of the only ways people can communicate with each other during all of this social distancing, pandemic chaos. Humans long for companionship, and that’s what makes MMOs so successful. The community is the important part, not the world itself.

Fighting a Feral Dragonhawk Hatchling
I win!
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Week 3 WoW – Corrina M

I had another odd interaction today. I’ve continued to play with coughonppl when we’re both online, and today as we were wandering around trying to find the location of our next quest, a stranger approached us and said hello. Since the goal of this project is to talk to people, I engaged in a short conversation with him wherein he asked us what we were doing. We told him we were doing a quest over in Fairbreeze Village, and when he told us he was going there too, we invited him to come along with us. So he did, and it actually felt nice, like I was on a team. We had to stop every once in a while to fight off creatures and it was cool to fight with a team because on my own I probably would have died. But the odd part of the interaction came when we got to Fairbreeze Village. We all approached the npc we were supposed to talk to to complete the quest, and then our new friend turned around and ran off without even a goodbye. I know this is probably not strange to people who have played MMOs before and done quests with strangers (it could be completely normal), but since this is my first MMO and I haven’t completely gotten to know the people in it, it struck me as odd that he just left. Maybe he didn’t think of it as a team like I had. Perhaps he figured we were just all going to the same place at the same time and then he had somewhere else to go. This seems like a likely enough explanation. I suppose I still have some learning to do about how people interact with each other in virtual worlds.

stranger approaches
following coughonppl through town
headed to Fairbreeze Village
Headed to Fairbreeze Village with our new friend
The three of us headed to Fairbreeze Village
Combat cause why not?
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Week 2 Wow – Corrina Martinez

By now, I’ve been playing WoW for a week or two, and I’m getting the hang of what I’m supposed to be doing. The first time I played, I was killed twice trying to fight creatures, so I’ve been working on my combat while scouting for other players. I haven’t yet purchased the paid subscription because I’m still trying to figure out if this is a game I want to keep playing or if I should switch to a different game. So far I like WoW and I will probably be sticking with this one, but for now I am still playing the free version. That means I haven’t joined a guild yet, but I have found a couple people to play with. I only frequently play with one person whose username is coughonppl (yes, a very strange name but I suppose an attempt at humor during these strange and unfortunate times? Proof that the pandemic is influencing online worlds). Despite the strange name, it’s been fun playing together. I met them while wondering around one morning when the city was surprisingly empty. They were the only other person there besides me so I decided to try out an informal interview on them. I will attach pictures of the chat to this post. Though our chat may not look like much, I was able to glean a few things from it. The first is that Classic WoW seems to be the more popular of the games. I am not entirely sure which version I am using, but I will probably check on Classic WoW to see what the difference is. I also got a sense of why people play games (at least if this player’s mindset is anything like other players’). When I asked why they decided to play WoW again after stopping for a while, they said that they missed the nostalgic feeling of logging in every morning, so it seems that some of these games hold sentimental value to some players. Perhaps it’s just a revisiting of one’s childhood, or one’s past. They also told me that they are playing because their friends are playing, which tells me that WoW, and probably other MMOs, is/are a community based game. I already knew that, but their response just confirms this. It’s something to do with your friends, and as I have experienced, it’s much more fun with friends. It appears to be the group that draws people to these games (at least partially), perhaps not even the game itself. I will try to look more into this as I progress and meet new people. I have made plans to play with this person again, so perhaps I can glean more information from them at another time, too.By now, I’ve been playing WoW for a week or two, and I’m getting the hang of what I’m supposed to be doing. The first time I played, I was killed twice trying to fight creatures, so I’ve been working on my combat while scouting for other players. I haven’t yet purchased the paid subscription because I’m still trying to figure out if this is a game I want to keep playing or if I should switch to a different game. So far I like WoW and I will probably be sticking with this one, but for now I am still playing the free version. That means I haven’t joined a guild yet, but I have found a couple people to play with. I only frequently play with one person whose username is coughonppl (yes, a very strange name but I suppose an attempt at humor during these strange and unfortunate times? Proof that the pandemic is influencing online worlds). Despite the strange name, it’s been fun playing together. I met them while wondering around one morning when the city was surprisingly empty. They were the only other person there besides me so I decided to try out an informal interview on them. I will attach pictures of the chat to this post. Though our chat may not look like much, I was able to glean a few things from it. The first is that Classic WoW seems to be the more popular of the games. I am not entirely sure which version I am using, but I will probably check on Classic WoW to see what the difference is. I also got a sense of why people play games (at least if this player’s mindset is anything like other players’). When I asked why they decided to play WoW again after stopping for a while, they said that they missed the nostalgic feeling of logging in every morning, so it seems that some of these games hold sentimental value to some players. Perhaps it’s just a revisiting of one’s childhood, or one’s past. They also told me that they are playing because their friends are playing, which tells me that WoW, and probably other MMOs, is/are a community based game. I already knew that, but their response just confirms this. It’s something to do with your friends, and as I have experienced, it’s much more fun with friends. It appears to be the group that draws people to these games (at least partially), perhaps not even the game itself. I will try to look more into this as I progress and meet new people. I have made plans to play with this person again, so perhaps I can glean more information from them at another time, too.By now, I’ve been playing WoW for a week or two, and I’m getting the hang of what I’m supposed to be doing. The first time I played, I was killed twice trying to fight creatures, so I’ve been working on my combat while scouting for other players. I haven’t yet purchased the paid subscription because I’m still trying to figure out if this is a game I want to keep playing or if I should switch to a different game. So far I like WoW and I will probably be sticking with this one, but for now I am still playing the free version. That means I haven’t joined a guild yet, but I have found a couple people to play with. I only frequently play with one person whose username is coughonppl (yes, a very strange name but I suppose an attempt at humor during these strange and unfortunate times? Proof that the pandemic is influencing online worlds). Despite the strange name, it’s been fun playing together. I met them while wondering around one morning when the city was surprisingly empty. They were the only other person there besides me so I decided to try out an informal interview on them. I will attach pictures of the chat to this post. Though our chat may not look like much, I was able to glean a few things from it. The first is that Classic WoW seems to be the more popular of the games. I am not entirely sure which version I am using, but I will probably check on Classic WoW to see what the difference is. I also got a sense of why people play games (at least if this player’s mindset is anything like other players’). When I asked why they decided to play WoW again after stopping for a while, they said that they missed the nostalgic feeling of logging in every morning, so it seems that some of these games hold sentimental value to some players. Perhaps it’s just a revisiting of one’s childhood, or one’s past. They also told me that they are playing because their friends are playing, which tells me that WoW, and probably other MMOs, is/are a community based game. I already knew that, but their response just confirms this. It’s something to do with your friends, and as I have experienced, it’s much more fun with friends. It appears to be the group that draws people to these games (at least partially), perhaps not even the game itself. I will try to look more into this as I progress and meet new people. I have made plans to play with this person again, so perhaps I can glean more information from them at another time, too.

initiating contact and testing out an informal interview.
this is where I get the sense of community. The game is better with friends
Making plans to meet again
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Week 1 WoW – Corrina Martinez

Today, I started playing World of Warcraft. I’ve never really been much of a gamer, so this is my first experience with an MMORPG, and it took me a little bit of getting used to. Today I mostly focused on exploring the world and figuring out what I’m supposed to do. This game is very quest-oriented, and while I enjoyed being told what to do so I didn’t just stand around looking lost, I can see how it could get boring fast. Once I got the hang of things and leveled my player up a bit, I stopped following the quests and just explored Falconwing Square. I was really amazed by the level of detail that was put into this game. The architecture is beautiful, I took a picture of the castle, and the square itself is beautiful, too, with the different colored leaves on the trees and the fountain in the middle. Other than admiring the architecture, I did learn a few things that will help me the next time I play and begin the actual project. For example, I mastered the controls of the game which we very confusing and clunky to me at first. I had to stop every few seconds to turn, but I’ve got it figured out now. Second, I learned how to use the map, which will be helpful in my exploring different cities to find interesting people to talk to. Third, I learned how to dance which is probably the greatest accomplishment of all. And last, but not least, I discovered that there are a ton of people everywhere. At least, today there were. I was surprised by how crowded it was in the streets and the squares, and when I would arrive to do some of the quests, there would be a group of people just standing around, waiting to kill the boss when it respawned. It was super interesting, but at least now I know it shouldn’t be too hard to find people to chat with when I come back next time.

The castle in FalconWing Square
FalconWing Square
Finally learning how to dance