[World of Warcraft] My wife told me a few weeks ago, “I’d like to try that game of yours.” To which I had to ask “What game?” Turns out it was World of Warcraft. Ugh. I really didn’t want to give them any more money, but the chance to introduce my wife to an MMORPG was just too great to pass up.
I intended on just letting her play without my interference. I tried, but it was pretty hard to stay out of it. She ended up creating a Human Warlock female. She wanted Horde, but I talked her out of it, if only because I have been playing Horde characters forever.
Learning how to move was the biggest struggle. I was getting sick watching her spin around with mouselook, so she switched to just using keyboard. She got a quest to kill some creatures and off she went. She killed one of them and then said “Now what?”. “Kill another one.”, I said. “Really? That is fun?”, she said. I didn’t know what to say, but I encouraged her to keep going because it will get better. Her next quest involved killing a bunch of humans to get red bandanas. “Do I need to kill them? Can’t I just ask for the bandana? Every one of these people have red bandanas on them, I can see it right there on their face. Why aren’t I getting them all the time?”
Finally, she was able to summon her first demon – the imp. She liked that, calling it her pet. She learned how to make it attack and was sad when it died. She was fascinated by the fact that it followed her around all the time. She found some plate armor and wanted to wear it. I told her she couldn’t because warlocks can only wear cloth. She thought that was stupid.
“Is that person a real player or the computer?”, she would often ask me. “How come they don’t talk to me? Can I help them kill the creatures they are fighting? Is there anything to do besides killing stuff?”. Eventually she made it to level 4 and wanted to take the horse standing outside of a building for a ride. “Why can’t I?” she asked. “Can I pay for a ride? Do I need more money?”. I told her she couldn’t ride a horse until level 40. She thought that was stupid. “How come you know where everything is?”, she asked. I told her I have played through this area more times than I cared to remember. She thought that was stupid.
She really liked the scenery, calling it beautiful several times. She also really liked the music. Then I told her I had the soundtrack that came with the collector’s edition and at this point I pointed at the box on the wall. “Dork.”, she said. She asked me what else came with it so I mentioned the pet. She did that quest and picked the Zergling. “What does it do?”, she asked. I told her, “Nothing but follow you around.” and she said “That’s stupid.”
At level 4.5 or so she decided to call it a night. I told her about some of the other games we could play together, but she said no. She likes her Warlock. She constantly amazed me at the choices she made. She does want to play Horde though, she doesn’t like the Alliance races much.
To sum up WoW from my wife’s point of view: Stupid, stupid, beautiful, good music, stupid, I like it, Horde rules. Of course, once she realizes how much it will cost for the two of us to play, she’ll say “That’s stupid.”