This is the first of many posts you will see from me concerning World of Warcraft.
I play this game on a very regular basis. I consider myself a nerd as do many other people. However, I am not a geek, or a fag, or a dork because I play WoW. It’s a video game I enjoy very much. Just because it is a fantasy roleplaying game, it comes with the stigma attached that just because I play the game a lot, I am a super-obsessed ultra-nerd. There are people that act out their characters roles in real life. These people are mentally ill and should be treated as such. I am not one of them and never will be. I have played Dungeons and Dragons. This does not make me a weirdo either. There are plenty of normal human beings that enjoy creating an alternate persona to act out in a gaming setting. You do not need to dislike your current life to enjoy living out an alternate reality (The Sims, anyone?)
If you have never tried WoW, I encourage you to give it a shot. Get past the stigma (over 12 million other people have, after all) and play for at least 2 hours. If you do not enjoy yourself, you can then have a leg to stand on in an argument, but I have found it very rare that a person does not find it in some way enjoyable.
The stigma is slowly lifting, but in order for it to lift entirely, there needs to be a wider acceptance of these types of games by more than just 12 year olds, old guys reliving the good old Dungeons and Dragons days, and potheads. If more average Joes played, it would become much more commonplace and less looked down on.
By the way, my character’s name in World of Warcraft is Gratheron, and he is on the realm Korialstrasz, Alliance. Look him up.