Baladash Melanore, or in other words, greetings! The land of epic goodness starts here in the World of Warcraft. The game boasts 11.5 million players worldwide, and Penn Manor has little immunity to the infection.
“I play [World of Warcraft] at least 4 hours a day,” says Brandon Kauffman, a senior. “WoW is important enough that when I’m at school, I think about it.”
Blizzard Entertainment released World of Warcraft, often referred to as ‘WoW ‘ on September 2, 2001 and the company is coming out with a new expansion (addition) to WoW called Cataclysm and adding two new characters later this year. It can only increase the game’s standing since WoW is currently the worlds most subscribed MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game).
Many people don’t understand why WoW is so appealing to others, or why they play this game in the first place. But Sean Brunner, a sophmore here at Penn Manor, knows exactly why.
“Roughly, I play WoW 8-9 hours a day,” says Brunner. ” Playing Wow is like a hobby, but it’s really my only hobby. If it were taken away it would make me feel sad.
“It’s so appealing because you can do whatever you want and there’s no consequences,” Brunner concluded.
For those of you who are “n00bs” and aren’t familiar with WoW, there are two sides to this world: the Alliance and the Horde. The Alliance has characters such as Humans, Draenei, Dwarfs, Gnomes, and Night Elves. On the Horde, there are the Undead, Taurens, Orcs, Trolls, and Blood Elves. On top of all of these characters, a class needs to be chosen. A class is the style of a player and it determines the type of weapons and armor the player can use, as well as abilities. The classes are Warriors, Mages, Druids, Death Knights (newest added character), Hunters, Warlocks, Priests, Paladins, Rogues, and Shaman. You’re confused? Maybe this explanation will help.
The demon-corrupted Orcs of Burning Legion destroyed many Human neighborhoods and killed a lot of Humans. When the Burning Legion was defeated, the surviving Orcs were put into concentration camps and forced into slavery until their liberation/escape to Kalimandor. Trolls and Humans have been fighting territorial wars since the beginning of their shared histories. When the Orcs came to Kalimandor, a group of them started logging a portion of Ashenvale (Alliance town), and fought and killed Cenarius, a defender of the forests there. This caused conflict and is the reason why the Alliance and the Horde hate each other. There’s more to the story on www.worldofwarcraft.com.
World of Warcraft might sound like the average game to others, but it’s very different. WoW has it’s own terminology and language which is what separates it from other games. The Alliance cannot communicate with the Horde and vice-versa.
“The neat thing about WoW is it’s realistic and not just a video game. There’s every age, race and sex playing. You can always find a friend if you spam something in trade chat,” Sean Brunner said.
One student said that they skipped at least four or five days of school just to stay home and play WoW.
“It can destroy your life, or make it happier,” said Peter Weidinger, another student here at Penn Manor.
But will you give in? Will you join the World of Warcraft? You decide.
By Gabby Myers