This article is me... I am a gamer, grew up with games, am into fantasy genre games, books etc and am probably a bit obsessive compulsive with my gaming.
I have never played WoW and I doubt that I ever will. Why? Because I know I would get sucked in. I play a variety of games at any one time both online and on table top, but I am not a real big computer gamer. I have a PSP yes and I have played some PC games, but that whole me vs an AI model that lacks real tactical nous generally kills off my PC gaming interests. i.e. when I realise a game is "easy" or it is difficult and I master it, I turn off.
But table top gaming and web based gaming versus real people is my thing. Graphically they aren't the best. Some games I play via email. But what makes me obsessive is playing against Human Intelligence not AI. I lose. Alot. But that's what makes it a good mental challenge.
Now WoW falls into both camps. It has the graphical interface that makes PC gaming attractive. It is a very aesthetically enjoyable game. It is also about people vs people. People join Guilds, become friends and adventure together. "Never let the Guild (team) down" is the motto, and I would be a sucker for that.
If I was to play WoW, I am sure I would become addicted and end up as one of the stereotypical zombified PC gazers and the rest of my life would be secondary priority. Scary stuff and a thing that I have seen happen to others.
Any WoW addicts out there?