The Allure of Persistent Worlds in Quarantine

The Allure of Persistent Worlds in Quarantine

I’ve been struggling to understand my affinity for World of Warcraft lately. Historically, I’ve never held a sustained interest in the game beyond a month or two. Don’t get me wrong: the online world of Azeroth is charming, mesmerizing, and unforgettable. But WoW’s core gameplay pales in comparison to the richness of other titles. Where other…

Deciding What Class to Play in World of Warcraft

Deciding What Class to Play in World of Warcraft

I’ve played World of Warcraft on-and-off extremely casually since 2009. The game’s colorful, charming art style and extensive lore still hold a certain allure all these years later, even if WoW’s emphasis on grinding has repeatedly pushed me away. But now that WoW is more respectful of its players’ time, I’ve found more reason to stick around…

Are Games Like World of Warcraft Exploitative by Design?

Are Games Like World of Warcraft Exploitative by Design?

Grinding, or repeatedly participating in a mundane in-game activity in anticipation of an in-game reward, is nothing new. Both single-player and multiplayer games have featured elements of grinding, whether intentional or as a byproduct of bad design. While I don’t have a problem with optional grinding in standard games, the inclusion of grinds in subscription-based…

World of Warcraft Classic: I’ve Got The Bug

World of Warcraft Classic: I’ve Got The Bug

As the launch date of World of Warcraft Classic rapidly approaches (whoa, is it mid-August already?), I find myself getting excited to dip my toes into Blizzard’s reincarnation of their megalithic MMORPG smash-hit. November’s WoW Classic announcement definitely piqued my interest, but ultimately, I was ambivalent. At the time, August 2019 was far away, and I…

Why Do People Like Video Games?

Why Do People Like Video Games?

I’ve always liked video games. I’m not exactly sure when I started playing them or what my first video game experience was, but video games have always played some sort of prominent role in my life. Over the 25 years I’ve lived thus far, I’ve spent thousands of dollars on gaming software and hardware, played…