Yes, I’ve been playing WoW since I was a kid. And before you start making assumption about how bad it is that a child is allowed to play WoW, let me explain my experience.
I remember my dad getting the game after a family friend told him about it. Being naturally curious, I always watched him play. This was the first true video game to enter my house, and it was amazing. It was fascinating to me, like a movie that he could control. So, of course, I wanted to try.
I entered the world as a draenei hunter, named Eightandgreat. I spent the first few play times just running around, looking at everything. At that point, I had no idea about end game, no idea about leveling, no idea about combat. Heck, I didn’t even realize that the other characters I saw were other people.
Eventually, I figured out how to actually fight things. My dad was always there, but he let me explore and didn’t tell me how to do anything. I leveled slowly, fishing as much as I played for reals (sorry, but fishing is not really playing).
Over time, I began to master how to play the game. I didn’t like hunters (at the time they were hard to play) so I tried paladin, rogue, and finally mage. I leveled almost exclusively through questing, and only did a battleground when I was feeling especially bold.
This exploration, without the pressure of the social side, is the way I think that kids should start out with WoW. My dad didn’t even let me look at chat for years, which helped to shield me from that nastiness. I was just wandering through the world and having fun.
I can understand why some adults don’t let their kids play WoW. But I think, that if your child is curious, letting them explore the WoW world is actually a good thing.
I have been playing for about six years now, starting when I was a kid. And I can safely say, that I truly grew up in Azeroth. The game has really shaped who I am, and I wouldn’t want it any differently.
This article was written entirely by Fussypants.