The entry below originally appeared on an older, now defunct and inaccessible version of this very blog. Lately a lot of Web sites and even news publications on Twitter have been asking gamers to reflect on their first gaming experiences. I might be feeling a little jazzed from a rocking podcast of TwizzCast I just watched, but I thought I’d drudge up some older blogs entries that reminisced my first Warcraft wanderings to kick off my weekly Throwback Thursday/Flashback Friday musings.
@nytimes While my first game was DK on Coleco, my first love was Super Mario World because Yoshi. 😛
— Aramis Ramirez (@aramisx) August 8, 2013
What’s in a ‘Noob’?
March 26, 2009
So what better way to start off a blog about being a noob than by defining it.
The formal definition: Ha! You honestly think there is one? Like I opened up Oxford’s Extended Dictionary and found the word “noob” in there with photo of me beside it? Riiiiight.
The seasoned players’ asshole definition: a new player to the World of Azeroth (well any Massively Multi-player Online, or MMO, game) who has no idea what the fukk is going on.
In all honesty, the latter definition is one you’re likely to come across by a scarily large percentage of experienced players in WoW as I did, oh so many times. What’s even sadder is when someone calls you one while questing in the starting zones – which is where you’d WANT to be clueless – mostly because they mean it in a way that puts it akin to the n-word.
But, such is Mango.
In questing to the latest level cap, which is 80 as of the recent Wrath of the Lich King expansion, I’ve managed to hone myself away from being completely clueless to being just a little clueless.
A level 80 Night Elf Restoration Druid. I’ve been bouncing between feral and restoration simply because I can never decide if I want to be the one bitch-slapping people, or heal the ones bitch-slapping people. Both specs are fun, but maybe that’s because I’ve YET to test out the Balance Moonkin druid spec.
And for the noobs like me: “spec” is short for specialization. Upon going up in the ranks, you’ll find you earn points to place in a talent tree that will add bonuses to certain actions, abilities and spells. Each class has their own set of three specializations to choose from based on what kind of player you are and how you like to use your “toon”.
NOTE: You’ll find that I speak a lot about the Druid class but most of this will be universal to all classes. New people are new people and you can basically choose what you like.
Anyhow…the one thing I can remember about starting out was how GRAND the game seemed. How daunting it was. And more importantly, how beautiful it was. At least from an Alliance perspective (I’ll discuss choosing a faction later).
But in starting out I was privvy to the kind of arrogance I knew I’d come across for a long while after. My first mistake was running around killing things with no purpose at all. I blame Grand Theft Auto for this. For the longest time I thought all you had to do was run around and beat people with purple dildos because it was devilishly fun. But in WoW not only does this initial mistake hinder your progress, you simply grow quite bored rather quickly and your initial thoughts are: “I spent TWO DAYS downloading patches that were hundreds of megabytes to play THIS?”
Alas I finally did wise on to the fact that BIG YELLOW EXCLAMATION MARKS over non-player characters (hereafter referred to as NPCs) actually meant “hey, you dumbass, talk to me because I’ve got some shit for you to do that will make leveling go faster!”
In actuality though, what these NPCs are really saying to me, as I’ve discovered it, is “Hey, I’m lazy. I’d rather just stand here and do nothing while barking out orders making kind requests for tasks you can do for me. You’ll do all the dirty work and probably will die…a lot, and in return, I’ll give you this cheap ass reward for your efforts.” But you can draw your own conclusions.
That’s really it for my first impressions. I love how HUGE the game is. It takes HOURS just to walk your character around and discover things (which I don’t recommend by the way…because if your first instinct is to run around and explore with a new character, you’ll grow quite frustrated at how much you CAN’T do that because things are TRYING TO KILL YOU). I for the life of me couldn’t figure out why from afar things were running after me even though I wasn’t engaging them.