Tag: online communities

Apologies for the long-winded title; it’s actually quite hard to find a subject that gets right to the point. This isn’t about triggering a particular emotion in gamers — not directly, at least. It’s also not about how ‘emotional’ gaming can be — we already know that playing games can be an intense experience that can warrant a massive gamut of emotions. This entry’s about your avatar — your character, the model that represents you — and the emotions that…

Since the start of this series of ‘Life as a guild leader‘ articles I’ve received quite a variety of questions both here on the site and via email. With a little break from the norm, I’m going to answer these questions publically, so that hopefully everyone can learn from the trials and tribulations of other guild leaders. I’ve removed any incriminating and identifiable data so don’t worry, if you’re one of the people that sent me a question! I have…

Virtual worlds like World of Warcraft have long been known to mirror certain aspects of real life. It has often been supposed that people play games like World of Warcraft exactly because of that fact; some elements are so comfortably similar to real life that it makes the gameplay experience a lot easier to adapt to. A game that is completely foreign to gamers would have a very limited appeal. We can embrace and enjoy the known, with a small…

In my previous entry I spoke about WoW itself. Hopefully drew an illustrative picture of the most successful multiplayer game of all time (and probably for the next decade, or until Blizzard’s next-generation MMO is released). It’s quite important that you understand just what WoW is before you can hope to ‘conquer’ it. You need to know what makes the game (and gamers) tick; you need to know what keeps people subscribing, month after month. ‘What does this have to…

Well, a large portion of my life at least. Not quite all, but… an uncomfortably high percentage of it. Anyway, I’ve started a serious series of posts, about being the guild leader of a successful World of Warcraft guild. This is obviously a series of posts aimed at gamers in general, and WoW players in specific. You might find it interesting if you’re an outsider looking in — a girlfriend of a WoW addict perhaps, or maybe someone that’s interested…

As a corollary to my post earlier today, this video highlights why girls need to play online games, like World of Warcraft. [youtube]http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=w3GOHoskTY4[/youtube] And boys, do your bit to fight rapidly-strengthening stereotypes. Don’t tell girls your penis is like an acorn attached to your torso.