Tuesday, May 3, 2022

World of Warcraft Review - Why It's a Great Game for Older Folks

 

The online video game World of Warcraft was released in 2004. It was among the first major online video game that was American made and had a big enough budget to deliver on it's promises.  Since it is still alive and well, in 2022, and still going strong, it has delivered everything a gamer could hope for.  WoW has a great storyline, a multitude of  races and classes, professions, thousands of quests, and a huge multi planet landscape to be explored.  

I started playing WoW in early 2005, I was in my forties and had never played an online game in my life.  I have to admit, the first time I logged in, I was in awe of what I found.  You have a character and you are in a fantasy world.  The other characters in the game are other people from all over the world that you can meet and make friends with.  There are cities with stores and banks and inns and embassies!  In the country there are cottages and animals and lakes you can fish in.  It was beautiful!

It is pretty over whelming, but right away they give you things to do, and the tutorial explains most everything you need to know.  You just take off and never look back!  Check out the video below for a look at the fun this game is!




What does this have to do with Older Folks?

Most people think that video games are for kids and that most of the people that play are under 18.  This may have been true in the beginning, but it most certainly is not true now, 18 years later, and not for the reason you might think.  Sure, a lot of people who started in their teens are now in their 30s which could skew the average age upward, but also, many older people have taken to playing the game because their kids were playing it and because their friends were playing it.   There is so much included in the game World of Warcraft, it has interests for all ages.

Can An Older Person Really Keep Up with Kids in a Video Game?

This is the great thing about World of Warcraft.  You don't have to compete with anyone if you don't want to.  WoW can be anything you want it to be.  You can play completely alone, if that is what you prefer, or you can be very social and make friends, join a guild, or even role play if that is something you enjoy.  If you like to compete, you can group with larger amounts of people and do raids where large groups of people get together to slay big monsters for rewards.  There are even player versus player fights, should you want to participate, from one on one duels, to armies fighting armies.  You can make this game whatever you want it to be.

Why Would An Older Person Want to Play a Video Game Online?

Many older people are lonely and miss the socializing that they enjoyed when they were younger and more mobile.  WoW gives you the opportunity to make friends and enjoy the company of people around the world.  You can explore places, go on adventures, battle monsters, or just sit and talk.  It offers an outlet to a greater world instead of the smaller world that some older people live in.

It also provides fun and entertainment and a never ending list of things to do.  It can give purpose and joy to people who have too many hours in a day and just sit around being bored.  WoW also helps to keep people sharp and thinking.  It keeps the cognitive juices flowing which something we all need!

Will the Other Players Make Fun of Me When They Find Out My Age?

For years I kept my age a secret in WoW.....until I learned that many of the people I knew were around my age, or even older!  In the last 5 or 6 years, I have noticed guilds that are strictly for older people, guilds like "Over Fifty, "Ancient Artifacts," and even one called "Old Farts!"  Older people that want to play WoW will be in a lot of good company.  

So if you want try something new, maybe open a whole new world give WoW a try!  World of Warcraft is a subscription based game, which means that in addition to buying the game itself, you also have to pay a monthly fee of about $15, to access the game.  For less that a fast food meal, you get a whole month of great times!  You can get a free trial of the game and play up to level 20 to see if you like it, but I am confident you will!   

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7 comments:

  1. Any title with the word “war” (or variant) in its title is not one that would normally interest me. However, your review of WoW has intrigued me! I appreciate your insight into this engaging game as well as the beginner’s guide to WoW video, which I look forward to watching in full when I have time. Thanks for a great review and recommendation!

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  2. I remember well when my son and all of his friends were playing WoW. It was a great way for them to be together without being in the same room, or even the same state/country. I have a few online games that I enjoy. They are nothing as complex or involved as WoW, but I do enjoy the guilds where everyone helps one another. I had not really considered WoW for myself. Perhaps, I have considered it a young persons game, but you definitely have me interested in checking it out for myself now. Thanks for the encouragement, information and review!

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  3. I have never gotten into playing games online like WoW. Somehow it just didn't appeal to me. I do play some games, but they are more like word games or card games. I think I worry about "wasting" too much time playing when there are so many other things on my plate. But who knows 2022 might just be the year to try something new. Thanks for this recommendation Tracey!

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  4. I am in that group that has never played a video and/or online game, perhaps because I go way back to "BC" (before computers...LOL). But I do see the enjoyment my grandson gets from video games (and how good he is with them). Perhaps I will get Ryan to help me get 'into' WoW. Great description and review, Tracey.

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  5. This sounds very intriguing. I just may have to give it a try. Thanks for an interesting review.

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  6. Wow, I have never considered playing a video game since my 20's until this review. I agree with the excellent points you make about it being a way for older folks to socialize and make friends, or to play alone if they prefer. That reasoning alone is why more social games need to be created even for senior citizens; perhaps that's a potential untapped market?

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  7. I really never considered playing WoW until now. It's interesting that there are groups for older people playing this game. This is something I'll have to check out for sure. Thanks, Tracey, for the recommendation.

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