Why I Don’t Play World of Warcraft

I’ve never been a big fan of computer RPGs, they tend to be very combat-oriented and railroady. Worst of all, they lack the human GM who can allow my character to try anything I want to try even if the designers did not think of it. When I got on the Internet in the 1990s, I tried MUDs, but found them as boring as computer games except that I like to hang around and talk to other people. IRC let me do that without having to put up with player-killers and the like. You probably aren’t surprised to hear that MMORPG don’t do anything for me either. To me, they are just MUDs with a graphic interface and a monthly fee to use.

However, after reading Joseph’s latest post, Rob Pardo of Blizzard Explains Why I’d Hate WoW, over on Greyhawk Grognard I’m doubly sure that MMORPG’s like World of Warcraft aren’t for me. Millions of people may love them, but I agree with Joesph, they just aren’t designed with my interests in mind.

Randall Stukey

Randall is the author and publisher of a number of old school games (Microlite74, Microlite81, BX Advanced, etc) through RetroRoleplaying.com. Randall's main job, however, is being caregiver for his MS-afflicted cancer survivor wife. You can support Randall with a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund.

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G. Benedicto
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Yeah, same here. I'll take an analog game over an MMORPG every time.

Daddy Grognard
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And this goes a long way to explaining why 4e is the MMORPG player's edition of choice. Not dissing 4e or anything (I don't want Faustusnotes to come and get me) but the congruence is notable and surely deliberate.

It's proving very hard to get those who have been raised on WoW and such like to accept that there is another way of gaming.

anarchist
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"To me, they are just MUDs with a graphic interface and a monthly fee to use."

MUDS? Those are those new computerised play-by-mail games aren't they?

I win being a grognard 🙂

Thaumiel Nerub
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Well, I am a simple mind. I like computer/console rpg's and even WoW. But I don't think them as roleplaying games or even subtitutes for them.

But in general, I like computer/console games and there are good titles under "rpg" genre, so why not.

When I play Final Fantasy or Suikoden, I want to see where story is going. When I play WoW I want to grind my character to be better. When I play p&p rpg's, I want to do the story.