Why I Play World of Warcraft

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Oh, not me specifically. I don't play World of Warcraft. But I am powerful curious as to why millions and millions of people sink money into the Blizzard moneymaker year after year for a game that you can never win.

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Truth be told, I did actually take a stab at WoW a few years back at the behest of an ex-boyfriend. I was willing to go to hell and back for that man at the time, but it turned out I wasn't willing to go to Blackrock. Also, I never did get over my scorn for total strangers who demand to know if I'm really a woman before partying with me – and I was never very good about following directions, anyway.

Luckily, you never have to look very far to find someone who does play WoW. They might be only casual amateurs as opposed to level 60 devotees. However, as people who keep coming back to play World of Warcraft, I think they're every bit as qualified as a social scientist to explain the phenomenon.

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Dan Amrich, Editor-in-Chief, World of Warcraft: The Magazine
I am an altaholic so I have many, but my main is a 74 blood elf rogue. I play for the social aspect. WoW has become more about the people I play with than the game itself. Although I really enjoy the stories and the spectacle, I find it much more enjoyable because I get to share it with my family. I play with my wife and brother-in-law every week; we live in different states and it's a lot more fun to chat on Skype about what happened in our lives that week while simultaneously slaughtering murlocs wholesale. It's three hours of online quality time. We've been trying to convince my mother-in-law to play but I don't think even WoW is that powerful.

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Katrin Auch, Freelance Graphic Designer
I have 10 characters from 77 to 35, mostly horde, but I have Blood Elves, Tauran, Undead, Human, and Dreani. I play because I love that it is cooperative. I almost never solo. I play with different groups of friends, with different types of characters at different levels-we usually voice chat, and we find ways of using our skills together. Most of my characters are healers of some class, priest, shaman, pally-I get great pride out of keeping my party alive. And we talk about all kinds of things, so it's fun and social-like having a game night, but not having to clean up afterwards.

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Casey Lynch, Director of Public Relations, Reverb Communications
Explaining why I play WoW is like explaining why I like to go out and eat pizza, drink beer and hang out with my friends all night. Obviously, because it's hella fun to me. And come to think of it, when I play, I'm usually eating pizza, drinking beer and hanging out with my friends all night, except we're wired into Vent and running Naxx instead of carousing at our favorite pub.

Compared to other games out there that have quantifiable replay value, i.e. something I could potentially sink 100+ hours into, WoW just seems to have more variety to offer. Between running endgame instances, PvP, Arena, Battlegrounds, and leveling new classes of toons I haven't played before, to the more obvious introduction of new content via expansions and updates, just when you feel like you've done it all, you try something different and it feels like a new game. I heart wow!

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Reginald Rhoades, Corporate Support Associate, Viz Media
Why I play? Zombies. Also I played the original [real time strategy] games when I was a no good punk kid back in middle school. Being a delusional adult who gets obsessed with false realities, interacting with these long-known characters has been immensely entertaining.

I have additional reasons such as bonding with friends that live far too far away and flirting with married women in a safe environment.

My favorite character is a level 80 Forsaken warlock hotty named Arisu.

Just to summarize… In WoW, you can play as a zombie! And eat people!

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Anonymous GameStop Employee
I play World of Warcraft to unwind – that's my "me time" after work. I play as a Hunter, which is a solo class, so I don't really party up with friends. But, yeah, I can go anywhere and do anything I want. It's the one time of day when I feel like I can do that. It's so relaxing.

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Feel free to share your World of Warcraft motivation down below. And for all you haters out there who don't play WoW, stick around. Old Man Owen Good is cooking up something for you tomorrow.

Check back all week for more stories related to World of Warcraft's fifth anniversary.

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Austin Stephen

I don't play WoW because the game itself just isn't very fun. Not trying to troll, but as a HUGE Warcraft fan, I really, really tried getting into WoW. I bought the game and 3 month's subscription and, within a week, was completely bored and if anything I was forcing myself to play it. I'm not an online multiplayer kind of guy, aside from splitscreen, so I could care less about the social aspect.

What I really wanted to see was full-scale battles between horde and alliance or just a single-player RPG version of the RTS with the ability to trade and play with other single-player RPGers. But first you can only choose one class, and then only 2 skills? That's not fun. I want, as a roleplayer, to be able to choose what skills and classes out of all of them. I wanted a Tauren Warrior, with full realistic steel plate armour, duking it out against a Night Elf Ranger and his crazy skills at archery, but instead I got glowy green armour for a warrior and a ranger that is FORCED to use a pet if you want to be AT ALL useable.

I truly was disappointed with the game, and opted to go play RuneScape instead. That game is realistic, you don't need pets to help you shoot arrows, and full-scale wars aren't just possible, but extremely common. If anything, one of the reasons Runescape is the most popular MMO of them all is because of the failings in WoW. Sure. I can't play as a night elf or fly on a giant 2-headed dragon, but at least I can choose to be able to mine, smith and craft, not just two of the three.