"WORLD OF WARCRAFT® REACHES MORE THAN ONE MILLION CUSTOMERS IN EUROPE"
The link below goes to a recent article (January 2006) posted by Blizzard Entertainment® about the increasingly popular online game, World of Warcraft®, also known as WoW. Its popularity has spread across the globe and continues to get new subscribers, as Europe reaches over a million. Why? What is so wonderful about this particular game? I just can't wrap my mind around the fact that someone can sit at a computer for hours on end playing this, in my opinion, boring game. I have never been into video games and never will. I don't see the point in them. I keep hearing stories of people playing WoW for 8, 12, even 36 hours straight! How is that possible?
Now, I would seem unreasonable if I were saying these things and had not tried this cultural phenomenon first hand. Sunday, I let my fiancé talk me into giving it a try (he is one of the 5.5 million who play the game). I could hardly stand it. I felt like I had Attention Deficit Disorder. I made it to level 4 and it seemed like the longest hour of my life.
For those of you who subscribe to WoW, why is it so entertaining to you? What makes this game so special? Please explain this to me.
For those who have not been introduced to this fantasy world of orcs, gnomes, and elves, will you join the millions of users around the world now that you know of its fame? Or why do you shy away from it?
Below are more links, including the official WoW site and others supporting its popularity.