As I have immersed myself back into the experience that is World of Warcraft, I feel as though I am really not a part of the environment sometimes. Let me explain: I don’t really play any other games like WoW and my interests are mainly in playing “party” games like Guitar Hero, Mario Party, Rayman, etc–which to me are not like Call of Duty franchise or Mass Effect or BioShock.
So, in other words, I don’t feel like a gamer and when I play WoW I am often asked questions such as, “What’s your spec? Profs? Port to Org? LF1M DPS ST!” and pretty much feel lost when it comes to communicating with people I consider part of my cohort (since we are all gathering in the same place to pursue a common goal–making it to the Outlands!).
I don’t feel that playing Call of Duty 4 will somehow alleviate the problems I have communicating in-game with other WoW players. Perhaps experience within the game/playing the game and a dedication to reading blogs, forums, and other sites that would help demystify some of the aspects of WoW that have caused me turmoil.
One recent example comes from participating in a pick-up group, a group which one player (in this case, a stranger) collects 4 other players to enter a dungeon that cannot be successfully penetrated without the right combination of players who play different classes and are of similar level. I was sent a “pst” or a “whisper” or a direct message sent to me that only I and the person who sent it could see asking me if I’d like to be in their group to raid Sunken Temple.
Sunken Temple can be successfully navigated with a “tank” or someone who can take a lot of damage (I had to ask Tyler what that means, because I wasn’t sure. See???), a “healer” or someone who can restore health, a “dps” or a character who can issue damage over an extended period of time, a “cc” which I am TOLD is something different to everyone, but essentially means a character who can “crowd control” (again…???) and a 5th member that assists another party member with any of the aforementioned tasks.
From what I understand, I was to go in and kill stuff, get loot, finish quests–all in all, a lot of fun. Upon entering the temple, I was told the following “len=triangle zolo=star”and before I could type, “What in the heck does that mean?” the other 4 members of my party had charged into the place and I stood there stupefied. It was at this point that I was called “the worst mage ever” and a “tearabel mage.” (yes, it was obvious to me that I was in a group with intellectually defunct individuals, or 13 year old boys who have an excuse to act like immature idiots because they lack the cognitive skills to do otherwise)
The point being that communication is key when entering into any endeavor and World of Warcraft is not different in that respect. It is a language for which I do not have a pocket traveler’s translation guide but is one that I need to learn quickly if I am to excel in this environment.