I am going to attempt to play World of Warcraft again. I admit that I did not give it a fair chance in the one month (about eight hours of total gameplay) that I played it. I received World of Warcraft as a gift around the time that the fun Wintersday events in Guild Wars were going on. Guild Wars remains one of my favourite games. I really get into the special events, so I was reluctant to shift my focus away from snowball fights in the Snow Arenas and collecting Wintersday Presents to the slow-paced micromanagement of World of Warcraft.
There were other reasons that I didn’t get into it besides the fact that I play Guild Wars. Although Guild Wars and World of Warcraft are two very different games, they are both online games that require an investment of my time. When I compare the first eight hours of my gameplay time in Guild Wars with the first eight hours of play time in World of Warcraft, I have to say that my time investment in Guild Wars was more fulfilling, more productive, and more fun. World of Warcraft requires a heavier and deeper time investment than Guild Wars, which is a big strike against World of Warcraft in terms of my personal preferences. The slow pace is frustrating. I never felt like I got anywhere in that eight or so hours that I spent working on my Undead Warlock and my Undead Priest. I would rather get deeply involved in a game that provides challenges earlier rather than a game that requires you to work at numerous mundane tasks before you are challenged.
Why am I trying again? A friend of mine started playing recently. All of his friends have been playing for a while. It’s a good opportunity to revisit the game to judge whether my pro Guild Wars bias was too strong. Perhaps I missed something, and World of Warcraft is better than I thought it was, like those 6 million players say it is. Unfortunately, I have to be on a PvP Realm. I don’t like the way that PvP works in World of Warcraft and I don’t like the Alliance, but if I want to talk to people in the game, I have to be on that server and I have to be Alliance. I created a Human Warlock.
The World of Warcraft women characters aren’t as attractive, feminine, and “hot” as I would like.
Look at my Necromancer/Mesmer:
The mouse button functions in World of Warcraft are exactly opposite to the mouse button functions in Guild Wars. After exploring the key mapping options, I have so far discovered that I am unable to swap the functions of the left and right mouse buttons. If anyone has figured out how to do this, let me know, because it would make my life a lot easier. I mapped the R key to toggle Auto Run on/off, because that’s what I’m used to in Guild Wars, and I use Auto Run a lot. Other than that, everything is fine with regard to controls.
My focus will still be on Guild Wars. I will be playing World of Warcraft for one month, and my time committment will be casual. With this in mind, I don’t whether I will actually be able to get out of the newb areas before my time expires. I can only play for one month because the arrival of Guild Wars Nightfall is approaching.