Thursday, August 9, 2007

10 Reason You Should Play World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is the God of all MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). If you don't know what it is by now, you either are over 60 years old, or live under a rock. If you don't already play, have not tried it out, or quit a while back here's some reasons you should play:

1) Blizzard is one of the best video game development companies in the world. They've created multiple Computer Game of the Year games, including Starcraft, The Diablo Series, and the Warcraft series. They have a large following, and this isn't achieved by making bad games. They have some of the best minds working for them.

2) World of Warcraft has 9 Million Subscribers. You don't achieve that number in a bad game. Chances are, you know someone who plays this game, and there's good reason for it. Join them.

3) The social aspect of the game is great. With a ton of players, comes a lot of chances on making friends from around the world. I myself still keep in touch with people from different states and countries.

4) The large variation of character race/class combination makes this game last. When you first start out, you'll find it hard to stick to one character class.

5) There's a crap ton to do. The game world is big, there's thousands of quests, 70 levels to go through, professions to master, bosses to kill, and loot to acquire. You won't be done with this game for a few years.

6) Blizzard updates the game frequently. You won't be stuck with old content for long, as the ever changing world gives you new things to do.

7) PvP. The player vs player in WoW isn't the greatest out there for some, but it is a good system. Fight players from around the world, as you wage war against the opposing faction. With Battle Grounds and world PvP, the PvP whore will be satisfied with this game.

8) Roleplaying. If you like to play games to escape the real world, then the Roleplaying servers are just for you. Enjoy playing out the life of your character in the ways you want.

9) Wrath of the Lich King was recently announced. This is the perfect time to start playing. Get to level 70 before it's too late. This new expansion will expand you to another continent, as well as another 10 levels to go through, hundreds of new quests (if not thousands), and hero classes. Join your friends and don't be left in the dust.

10) You can finally join the conversations your WoW playing friends have. Don't be ever left out again when friends talk about raid bosses, items, and quests.

Bonus Reason: Murloc Movies, Leeroy Jenkins, and Chuck Norris in Barrens Chat. You can learn the ways of WoW pop culture.

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If your friends refuse to play World of Warcraft, link them this list, and they should be entering a starting zone in no time. Enjoy!

10 Ways to Make Quick Gold in World of Warcraft

Gold, Gold, Gold. All players of WoW need it. Whether it be items from the AH, tipping for someone to pick-lock your locked boxes, or to spend on repair bills, gold can be a thing of joy, or a thing of despair. Here's a quick list of things you can do to get a some gold in your backpack.

1) Work the Auction House. Treat it like the stock market, buy low, sell high. Look what an item averages normally on the AH. If you find one relatively cheaper, buy and and put it back in at a slightly higher price. I've made about 200 g a day doing this back before Burning Crusade came out.

2) Farm. This may be the oldest and most boring way to acquire gold, but it works. If you can, find mobs that drop both linen and gold (usually humanoids) that die fairly quickly. Try to avoid high traffic places if possible. The easiest way not to go crazy is by having some music on while you farm.

3) Work your professions. You probably have a few exclusive items that people who are a different profession need. Enchanters need rods that only Blacksmiths can make, everyone needs leather for something, etc. Just work on getting items that you know will sell well to other people.

4) Quest in Netherstorm. If you're 70, there's a big chance that you have uncompleted or attempted quests in Netherstorm. Most quests pay out around 12-20 g at level 70.

5) Farm low level instances. If you're an enchanter, SM is your friend. Just kill everything, grab the rares and DE them, then sell the shards in the AH. You can make a ton of money this way.

6) Farm motes. The Elemental Plateau in Nagrand has tons of elementals that you can farm for motes. Everyone needs primal _______. In my experience, the Elemental Plateau is usually packed, Fire Elementals in Skald and those elementals that drop primal mana in Netherstorm are great alternatives. If you're on a PvP server, watch your back.

7) Offer your service to lower levels. Run people through lower instances for a small fee. At this rate, most people at low levels are playing their alts, so their main should have a large amount of money they can give you to run them through something. The money from the lower instance isn't bad either. Not many people do this because of the trust factor, but it's worth a try.

Most of those tips are for higher levels. If you're a lower level, here's a list of possible ways to get some gold.

8) When you start out, pick up 2 gathering professions. In my opinion, herbalism and mining make good money even at low levels. Sell what you gather in the AH, and once you hit 70, you can pick up any other profession you want.

9) Pick up everything from every mob you kill. Vendor trash ads up into a lot of money. Don't be afraid to spend money on bigger bags, the investment will be worth it.

10) Ask higher level guildies for money. Yes, I know, it's begging, but it works sometimes. People are usually happy to part with their gold to help out a new/low level guildie. Just don't do it excessively.

Well, those are my 10 tips. Hope they work out for you. Enjoy.