I made a weird impulse decision today:
I'm going to try World of Warcraft.
Now WAIT - before you start guffawing, hee-hawing, or facepalming, hear me out! This is for work, I swear!
I have avoided WoW like the plague. I have avoided most MMORPGs like the plague since I beta tested Final Fantasy XI
back in 2003. I had a three month experience that drew me in, despite the fact that I wasn't really enjoying myself that much, and when the beta ended, I bailed. I did not get into the retail release because I felt it would have probably taken over my life.
I had heard about WoW when it first came out.
Then I watched as it grew, like an amoeba, and started doing actual harm to online communities and friends.
Then I watched as it took longstanding, active members away from IC for good. We have literally lost people who used to be very active members.
All that time, over the years, I kept hearing bits and pieces of WoW talk - about Pallys and Grinding and DPS and all these terms that I had never heard. I realized it has become a part of internet culture.
I can't call myself a maven of internet culture if I don't do this. I have to immerse myself in this as I would immerse myself in any new culture. So, pretend your brave Papa Prime is going off to Iceland or Morocco or Bangladesh for 10 days to find cool things for you.
I am downloading the 10 day trial as I write this. I am going into this as a COMPLETE noob, I have purposely avoided WoW culture, so I don't know anything. People have already suggested classes and servers and tips on how to level faster. I don't want any of it! I'm reporting from the front lines as someone who is as an infant to this world.
See you all in 10 days.