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February 22, 2005

Faustian

Despite having fallen hard for World of Warcraft this weekend, I can rest easy knowing that I'm doing better than this guy:

I made a deal with my son tonight. I need gold to buy my horse on World of Warcraft and he needs U.S. dollars to buy a video game he has been wanting for some time now. So he is "grinding" for gold for me tonight and I am going to pay for half his video game tomorrow.
Ahh, the joys of fatherhood.

8 comments:

TWM said...

Jason,

I freely admit it is a tad pathetic to hire your son to "grind" for gold so you can buy a horse on a computer game. But when you get to level 39 on your character, you will be surprised at how desperate you will become - LOL! Unless you are a Pally that is -- they get their horses for free -- and my son is one so he doesn't have the "gold grinding" issue to deal with.

And as to the "joys of fatherhood" -- playing this game with my two youngest sons is a joy most of the time -- it's the computer age and you do what you can to bond with your children.

By the way, my horse looks great and you will be amazed at how much more fun the game becomes when you can travel faster.

Jason Goldman said...

Congrats on getting your mount!

dgcopter said...

Woah, I thought I wrote that comment for a sec. Then I realized that I don't play WoW.

Does it suffer from the level treadmill that other MMORPGs fall victim to?

TWM said...

dgcopter,

This is the first MMORPG I have played so I can't really compare it to any others. I did play the original version of EQ for a month, but I have no idea how WoW compares to EQ 2.

I mainly play strategy games -- both role playing and military -- but my sons talked me into trying WoW and we are all hooked now. Fortunately I have a wife who thinks computer games are nonsense and she keeps us in the "real" world so it's not too bad, but I admit the quest for the horse kept me at the computer all weekend.

If you have the time, I recommend you check WoW out. It lives up to the reputation of Blizzard for sure and I don't think you will be disappointed.

I do wonder if they can keep the content going after you reach the highest level, but they promise to do so, so we shall see.

And, Jason, thanks!

Jason Goldman said...

David's (the one who's my brother) comment is funny to me because he may be the best treadmill runner of all time. They call it tenacity.

But I don't take it as hypocritical in any way. I know you're in it for the story.

With WoW, there is a level treadmill - be not mistaken. It's just that being on it is incredibly rewarding.

One day, I hope to have something more coherent to say about the game (which I think is among the best ever) rather than just make fun of other people's obsessions.

To balance things out, I'll let you know that I was once horribly, pathetically addicted to a MUD.

We're even.

jason said...

It's not so much a treadmill (at least in the early stages) because quests generaly give you a significan't amount of experience when you complete them. Also, the max level tops out relatively low - at 60. If your serious, you can achive it in around a month. The result is a game that, while leveling may still be the primary goal, feels more like your playing to explore than playing to be the best guy out there.

TWM said...

Is 60 a low level to top out at? Not having played EQ 2 or other games like this I have no idea.

I have noticed that now that I have made 41 and got the infamous horse, I am less concerned with leveling and more concerned with seeing new areas of the world and completing quests for the sake of completing them. I also play on a PvP server and killing "horde" is becoming more fun.

You certainly can make 60 in a month if you have the time, and many players did so, but I would worry about getting bored until WoW brings out additional stuff for those guys to do.

Jason Goldman said...

60 seems kinda standard in my opinion - most of the MUDs I played topped out at 40 and 50-60 is about the right range for console hack-n-slash rpgs.

I do agree that the reward is being able to see new areas as opposed to new spell effects. The fact that they introduced the mount as the big reward is both genius and indicative of this philosophy.