February 13, 2012 by tanineallison

As I mentioned in class, I would like us to play a MMORPG together that is free to play. A few people already seconded my suggestion to play World of Warcraft. Any other suggestions? Please use the comment function to add your two cents.


2 thoughts on “WoW?

  1. boudadi says:

    While WoW, as one of the most popular (certainly the market controller for 5+ years now) and influential mmos, would be the best choice for the purpose of getting a feel for the genre, I don’t think it would work as well for our purposes if you intend on us playing together. The main issue is with how factions and races are divided up. The races are split in half by what faction they’re part of (Horde or Alliance), so that right there would mean that we would all need to pick the same side to play together. On top of that, I’m fairly certain that each race (or at least almost every race) has their own specific starting area. I have little experience with the game, so maybe someone who has played more of it could shed better light on the matter, but as I understand, this would make it so we would have to all decide on either one faction at best or 1-2 races at worst. Limiting it in such a way just so we could all play together, as opposed to a game where every character has the same starting position, would put an artificial constraint on one of the most important factors of an MMO: Character Creation.

    Ideally, we would want a f2p (or trial based) MMO with the same, or close by, starting positions for all characters, and with a mac client since I imagine a number of people in the class don’t have PCs. I was going to suggest Everquest 2, since it’s F2P and the sequel to, debatebly, the most important mmo of all time, but it doesn’t have a mac version as far as I can tell.

    Just my 2 cents. I’m not really well versed in the MMO world enough to know what game would fit the need perfectly.

  2. wcparti says:

    I think Ali makes some good points, but for our purposes I think that WoW is still by far the best choice. It just requires a little bit of strategic thinking ahead of time. We simply need to make sure we are 1) all on the same server and 2) we pick the same starting point (generally determined by race, though trolls and orcs start together).

    I think the biggest concern is the issue with partying up, as Ali noted. After doing some research, I realized that if I reactivated my account, I wouldn’t be able to get everyone in party so that we could have our own chat channel. I can think of three workarounds to this:
    1) If we do this in lab or class, we would simply be able to talk to each other normally. Partying up in game is not necessary to play WoW at levels 1-20.
    2) We could pick a server with low population, so that we could just use the general chat channel since there will be almost no one else playing. There would probably be a little OMG STFU NOOBS, but whatever.
    3) We could talk over skype, since audio-only conferencing is free for up to 25 people at once. Personally, I think this is the best option since we all probably have skype already.

    All in all, I don’t think these are insurmountable problems. Regardless, WoW pretty much defines the MMORPG genre warts and all, is on Mac & PC, and is free to play. I don’t see that trifecta being supplanted by any other game.

    P.S. The only other free to play (trial, at least) MMO for Mac & Windows I can think of is Eve Online, but it’s not much of an RPG, has an absurdly high learning curve, and is also Microsoft Excel: The Game.

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