Blizzard hammered their flag in the new world – The World of Warcraft in the fourth quarter of 2004. Like the Beatles to rock, like Charlie Chaplin to comedy, World of Warcraft defined The MMORPG phenomenon. Destroying all PC game sales records and locking millions in front of monitors in homes and in Internet cafés worldwide.
But what makes World of Warcraft so successful? – Similar to how Fast food products exploit our primitive lust for high calorie foods. World of Warcraft exploits the the human psyches constant hunger for gratification, by overindulging the players with real feelings of success through minimal effort.
By continuously overindulging players with a fake sense of achievement, WoW becomes more than a game. It becomes a platform for real achievement through almost no real effort. With achievement being a direct stimulus of happiness, WoW becomes much more addictive than the average video game.
A lot of players will prioritise WoW over almost everything else. The gamer will begin to unconsciously shut off from the outside world and potentially ruin real life connections, such as friends, family, and social activities. It’s a pity, but it seems to be a reoccurring sad tale of the forlorn gaming addicted WoW player. Nothing else can offer the same pure and easily attainable gratification that WoW will always happily allot. As long as you’re paying, of course.
In my opinion, WoW is not a game. The lack of real gameplay and story deny it the status of a video game. For that reason I believe, that put in specific peoples hands, World of Warcraft is an extremely exploitive tool, weaved specially to keep the player tied to the screen while Blizzard dips into your wallet every month.
Horror stories have surfaced involving fully grown adults effected by the Warcraft plague. One sad incident in 2005 climaxed in the death of a 4-year old child.
Most gamers tend to disregard the media uproar over WoW. Why should we care what the mainstream publications have to say on video game matters? Wasn’t Fox news, one of the biggest news organizations in the world, the publication that condemned Mass Effect due to its “explicit sex scene” which was nothing more than a bit of side boob and blankets?
I challenge you to look at the devastating effect this game can cause. WoW poses a real threat to future generations of gamers and gives gaming a bad name in general.
Hopefully you’ll think twice the next time someone tells you – “its just a game.”