When I was doing some research for my final paper I came across this website. I wish that I had some of this information prior to starting the game. It provides information on things such as the Auction House, and professions; as well as tips for gaining gold, leveling up, and how to take the fullest advantage of your given class.
Turns it out it’s not all that fun to be playing video games for a living, contrary to what many people might think. Julian Dibbell wrote a fascinating article interviewing and describing life in Chinese gold farms for the New York Times. I was particularly interested in the parallel between gold farming and other systematized industrial work (i.e. working in a factory). Lisa Nakamura mentions Dibbell’s article briefly in her essay, so I’m sharing this for anyone interested in learning more!
After finishing my final paper, I just thought that I would share some gold making tips that I used or came across while playing/researching. I made about 1700 gold using the auction house during the month of play without too much effort, and I would like to share some tips so that anyone who continues to play WoW can make some gold as well. Personally, I made almost all of this gold utilizing the mining profession by initially mining copper ore, smelting into bars, and selling them on the auction house. When I was capable of smelting bronze bars(which require 1 copper and 1 tin bar), I realized on the auction house that bronze bars were selling anywhere from 2-4 gold each, when you can purchase copper ore/bars and tin ore/bars for about 1 gold each or less. Buying both the copper and bronze bar required only cost about 2 gold, and smelting these together create 2 bronze bars, worth anywhere between 4 and 8 gold total depending on the supply and demand at the time. I used this basic idea and bought other ores like silver or iron when the price of the bar was more than the price of the ore, but bronze bars worked best for me, most likely due to their availability. When you acquire some gold, you can then purchase bronze bars from other competitors if they are selling them low, and resell them for a higher price when there is less competition. I only played around with ores and bars, but I’m sure that this can be done with other materials obtained from professions and other items in general.
Another key thing that helped me sell and buy items was the auctioneer add on. It basically simplifies the auction house, showing per unit prices of every item and helps you set bid and buyout prices that undercut competitors. Definitely worth getting if you plan on using the auction house more. It can be found on this site. I also stumbled across a gold strategy guide in Pitt’s library database, and it has some interesting information as well if anybody is interested. A link can be found here. Good luck earning gold!
As one of those most abundant races living on Azeroth., I have come across the Orcs as my personal favorite race because they will fight to the death for the defense of each other and for their adopted world. There is no gender discrimination in the Orc community. They were born in the World of Draenor and were first brought to Azeroth by the Kiljaden. He decided to manipulate and corrupt the Orcs and make them do his dirty work. He convinced them that Dranei were evil and gave them power and tools to exterminate Dranaei. The elements of Draenor refused to battle against Dranaei because they were not the “bad” guys. Kiljaden then gave the Orcs power to become warlocks and Kiljaden even gave some of his own blood to the Orcs. This gave them power to win. However, it unknowingly made them slaves to the Burning Legion and the Orcs now had veins pumping with demon blood. The Orcs eventually went crazy from the demon blood. Sargerus needed the Orcs for his goal to conquer Azeroth because even if they were defeated the planet would be weakened. So, he started the Orc invasion and Stormwind did its best to hold up. Eventually, the king was assassinated and Stormwind fell and people left across the sea. The Orcs eventually rebelled and escaped from the Legion’s command and remained on Azeroth. The Alliance decided they could not kill the Orcs so they put them to hard labor in camps. The Orcs began to fight amongst each other and small rivalries turned into large blood baths. These Orc camps were supposed to be an alternative to execution but they turned out to be horrible places and Orcs were treated miserably. One of the Orcs, Thral, was trained by Blackmore. He wanted Thral to be the perfect leader. However, Blackmore mistreated Thral quite often. Thral escaped the camp and met with many different clan chiefs and liberated the Orcs from these horrible camps. Also, Thral was able to take out Blackmore. In the process, Thral learned that not all people were as evil as Blackmore, so he allowed people who surrendered to be let go. Yet still, tried to form a plan to make peace with Azeroth. Eventually, the Orcs moved from the Eastern Kingdoms to Kalimdor.
If anyone has a favorite race/character on WoW I highly recommend looking up the history on the WoW Wiki. I was surprised to find this narrative so in depth! There are countless other narrative aspects to go along with the Orcs, but I believe their pathway into Azeroth has a great deal to do with the way their society functions. It is quite interesting to see that their character traits today are influenced by their Orc ancestors. It is very similar to Earth and human ancestors.
“Orcs” WoWWiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2015.
If anyone need some inspiration or just a really cool quick read, Bogost wrote an article for The Atlantic in 2011 called “Gamification is Bullshit.” See it here – this is especially great if you talk about gamification in your final paper!
While delving further into the issues involving racism with class selection as discussed in class, I also came across a large amount of online material regarding how each class has its own stereotype of gamer as well. I found out that the human is the most common character with 12% of users selecting to be warriors and the most popular class is a hunter. I have commonly read that these players are the “noobs” who have no real skill and are often children. The same has been said about the alliance as a whole, in that they are chosen by inexperienced gamers and that the Horde is where it’s at.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I did some reading into what class that I wanted to be before our first day of class and what I found (as re-enforced by the video) was that each class had its own respective stereotype:
Warrior= dumb/simple minded (Hulk smash attitude)
Hunter= “Ooh look how pretty and fluffy my cute pet is” you’re a noob
Rogue= A-hole, sneaks in, sneaks out
Death Knight= I don’t know how to play and want a cool horse
Priest= Boring and very annoying to kill
These were the most common themes I found with each class among others, but after reading forum after forum I found that everyone disliked each class for one reason or another. So that being said I then turned to a very reliable, accurate, and fool-proof character selection plan and took a quiz that would determine my class based upon 10 multiple choice questions. The link to the quiz I took can be found here: http://www.quizrocket.com/wow-class-quiz
As it turned out the quiz suggested that I should be a Rogue. Although I don’t think of myself as an a-hole, I did find myself taking a particular liking to the ability of sneaking past people and killing them in “non-honorable” ways with poisons, hemorrhages, etc. Not thinking that I fit the personality of a “stereotypical Rogue gamer”, I then wonder how these stereotypes arose and stuck with each class. I personally think having a pet is an awesome thing to have in your arsenal and I certainly don’t think that all Rogues are a-holes. It is my belief that Blizzard would make each class have just as many advantages and disadvantages such that there is no real “advantage” of choosing one class over another but rather how you use the abilities of the class. Whether or not this holds true with the classes in the game I do no know as I have only played as one class and am not familiar enough with the game to give an accurate answer to this question. Maybe this “anger” towards a certain class may have to do with how frustrating they may be to kill or fight against? Regardless, I found this to be an interesting topic as I personally have never associated something in a game to mean that that player is “that guy” but I would be interested to know what you guys think!
(The link to the video mentioned earlier can be found below)