When you meet other players in World of Warcraft, and you interact with them, what mental image forms in your head?
Okay, for me I just think of the casual people I meet as their characters. “Ikeelu? Sure, I know that guy. He’s this 70 Hunter I met in a Pug, had a flappy thing for a pet. Probably PvPs a lot, had a lot of Merciless gear. Seemed like a nice guy. Can’t Chain Trap to save his behind, though.”
Yep, I think of you, when we are chance-met travelers in the wastes of Azeroth or Outlands, as your characters. When I think of you later, I picture your character and class. For better or worse.
But what about your guildies?
What mental image do you form of the people you interact with regularly in guild chat, go on instance runs or raids with, and talk to (or listen to) on ventrilo regularly?
Think about it, and let me know, honestly. I’m curious.
I do tend to think of people I know in guild, or have known for a while, as a mental image of real people, an image of maturity or lack thereof based solely on voice, typing/phrasing ability, communications skills, and a wierd bit of your main character that you were playing when we first met thrown in for good measure.
And since all the gamers I played RPGs with in real life were in the service for the most part, when I think of gamers in general I automatically have fond memories of times in the service and good campaigns with good friends… who were all Marines. Except Manny, the token tanker doggie.
So you may be surprised to hear that I think of you all as being in surprisingly good physical condition, considering we all spend at least part of our time sitting on our butts playing a video game.
Which is why I sometimes feel a wierd dissonance when someone I meet or see in the media starts talking about WoW players as being fat no-life basement dwelling geeks.
Who are they talking about? I don’t know anyone like that.
Well, maybe Occulus.
I find it interesting how different someone else’s appearance turns out to be in real life, when you have only met them through killing stuff together.
First time I saw Gerolan’s picture on his Myspace page, I thought “Damn, he’s young. I thought he was older than that. And had hair. And that guitar looks ridiculous. He needs a warhammer in that picture. And where are his muscles? You need more upper body strength than that to wear plate armor.”
Just something I was thinking of, when I saw that picture I posted above… I think the stereotype sometimes says more about the people who buy into it, than it does about the people they are trying to ridicule.
I can tell you for a fact, time was I’d have been delighted to make a costume and go out and wear it.
These days, I am older and wiser. And just as poor, and with even less time.