Writing yourself Into a Story

By: Amelie Mag

Everyone likes a good story. There are hundreds we like to tell, from every culture and time, many of which have been passed down for years with a few small modifications. Of course, some scientists tell us that there are only a few basic story types. Many of them revolve around a noble hero of some sort, saving the world at great risk. But, there are other archetypes people like Joseph Campbell have identified. The trickster, for instance, is one. A roguish character, living by his wits, is always a popular story hero. Others are great leaders, sweet helpers, and hundreds of others that have been written and read of. Literature and film have given us thousands of possibilities, and we all, when reading or watching, want to be those heroic characters we see. With wow accounts you all have a chance to do exactly that.

Of course, you might consider this an odd beginning to an article about people with wow accounts, but there is a connection, I assure you. We all played games when we were children, making believe that we were someone, or something, else. It helps, in a way, to be something great and glorious for a time. That feeling is exactly why many people the world over have been playing world of warcraft on their wow accounts. Playing WoW, people have a chance to be something they might not feel they are in real life. A wow account is a way of playing pretend, except on a far grander scale, and with much shinier toys.

Now, not everyone is going to agree with this idea, of course, but I find it's reasonably true. All of my friends, who have a wow account, when asked about the game, don't speak in the ways people do of most other games. With chess, a player speaks of the strategy or the positions, or the playing style of their opponents. With wow accounts, however, players talk about their characters, gushing about whom they are and what they can do. They're genuinely proud of the fact that their character has a certain item, or can ride a flying beast, or any of the other numerous things one can do on a wow account.

That's not true of everyone, admittedly. There are obviously some players who value the raw numbers involved much more than the story. However, playing on a wow account isn't like most games; it is intensely social. Large areas such as Ironforge can be remarkably vast and filled with thousands of characters. These places make playing with wow accounts something utterly different from most types of games because a great number of possibilities in the game are only accessible when playing with, and helping other players.

Because so much of the game is a social environment, players can't get the full use out of their wow accounts unless they too are social. That requirement for sociability and the capability to communicate and plan with others means that using a wow account nearly always offers the same places for the heroic characters already mentioned. In a group of wow account holders working together in a dungeon, one is probably the leader, taking charge and ensuring everyone works together. Another might be a trickster, sneaking around and helping in such ways. A third might be a great warrior, fighting and defending bravely. A wow account requires social interaction, and because of it allows players to write their own fables.

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