WOW vs. SecondLife


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You know, that Boss battle does sound pretty darn cool. Long and intense, but still very cool. I guess I'll just have to chalk it up to a difference of tastes. I appreciate why people enjoy WoW, but it'll never be for me. The reward is definitely there if you're willing to put in the time, I just don't have the time to dedicate towards one game like that. I don't have to mention all the addicts and everything... but hell, if Blizzard can make something so engaging that people are literally starving to death while playing, they definitely tapped into some voodoo magic of entertainment.

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ha - yeah - I'd agree with you totally about the not having time to play a game like that exclusively, if I weren't married. But playing games by myself in what little time we have together (aka what little time I have off) just isn't good. I want to spend time with her, but I also want to play videogames. Up until we started playing WoW together I had been playing some Medieval II: Total War (amazing game) and some NFS: Carbon (not so amazing, but enjoyable). Both of these I could only really play much off and on... NFS wasn't so bad as its entertaining to watch for the most part. But Medieval II wasn't so good, long play periods that too an outside observer seem very boring.

I tried to get her to play CS:S. Medieval and NFS a few times, but all of them were too hard for her to get into (her parents never got their two daughters a console growing up so never had experience).

WoW was the perfect thing, she really got into it (more then me even for awhile), nice gentle learning curve and doesn't rely on having fast hand-eye coordination or particularly good sense of tactics off the bat. Having played WoW now we can probably start playing other games later as she's built up a lot more hand-eye coordination and has gotten used to games in general a lot more.

Its what we do with our weekday evenings now instead of watching a lot of random movies and other stuff we've downloaded, or having people over to visit all the time (not that I don't like my friends - but it got ridiculous entertaining 5 nights a week).
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Women and gaming... why must these two forces be at such odds with one another. I can DEFINITELY appreciate using WoW to ease your wife into gaming, from there it's Starcraft 2 and World in Conflict (if you're lucky :P). That's one reason I really like the Wii. Nintendo's whole mantra is to introduce people to gaming, and then make them gamers for life. I like the mantra, I just don't know how true it is. There's a big difference between Wii Sports and FIFA or Halo.

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My wife and I play World of Warcraft together, she's really great and we've been playing MMOs for about 6 years together, she's one of those rare ones and I'm a real lucky guy :)

And as to the subject, you really can't compare WoW with Second Life. Second Life isn't a game, it's kind of a visual MySpace for depressed n00bs who needs a sense of being appreciated for their individuality and so called creativity and their dark art and iMacs and whatever they use to get on it... I'm quitting my rant about those types of people before I go too far ;p

This post was edited by Midwinter on 5/17/2008 4:09 AM
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LOL Midwinter! Every online game has its real life character types, including WOW!

Did you play eq prior to WOW?

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I played RO and FFXI before WoW as faras MMOs... I tried out some Lineage and EQ but really didnt get very far - was too busy playing other games.

 

edit: and I too have less then spectacular things to say about Second Life - being more like visual myspace then a game seems like a good description.

This post was edited by GT-D on 8/06/2008 3:20 PM
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blah blah blah this is stupid to talk about.

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WOW really doesn't take any skill. It just requires tons and tons of invested time leveling your character and completing missions. I mean don't get me wrong, I love MMORPG's but the best games, which are few to none, focus on skill rather than who's been playing the longest or who has the highest level, most gold, best weapons etc etc...

Guild Wars is great; tough to get into, but it provides an excellent opportunity to match skill against skill. EVE online is very very complex but it def requires skill in order to prevail. The Battlefield games require skill, provided you aren't using hacks or mods. Command and Conquer and Starcraft type RTS games also require skill and strategy to win.

Often you'll hear WOW players or similar MMORPG game players flame the games that require skill just because of that fact.

As for Second Life, this shouldn't even be a debate; SL isn't even a game it can be considered more of a virtual world.

 

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