I want to look at how the quests are set up and how you interact with each member in the game to complete those quests. I want to make the argument that quests give World of Warcraft (WoW) the meaning of leveling up throughout the game to become a more experienced player and to gain different armors, healing potions, etc. This is my first time playing WoW and I have found it to be quite similar to the Grand Theft Auto games in that you have to complete missions to continue the game and eventually beat it. But in WoW you just gain experience from each quest (mission) and level up after so much experience is gained and then you can play in different parts of Azeroth as your level increases. I have the quests to be quite interesting to me and addicting actually because every time I see that yellow exclamation point above a character’s head, I just want to complete that mission, so I can level up and do another mission that is more challenging. Quests are easy way to gain experience. All you have to do is find a character who has a yellow question mark above their head, then right click them to learn about the quest they have for you, then follow the arrow on the minimap to the location of the quest and complete the quest. To complete the quest, you usually have to kill so many beast or monsters and/or collect something from that beast or monster. For example, one quest I remember was called Crocolisk, I think, and it was in the Redridge Mountains. I had to kill 8 Crocolisks and return their intact jaws and skull to the quest giver, I can’t remember his name, in Lakeshire. I had to right click on the dead Crocolisk and pick up its intact jaw and skull, then when I had all 8 I had to return to the quest giver, who now has a yellow question mark above his head, and right click on him and click complete quest giving him the jaws and skulls and in return I receive the experience, money and gift, if offered. In addition to gaining experience, some quest givers offer money and/or a gift, like armor or a weapon or a healing potion of some sort. Pretty simple how quests work and they are an easy way to gain experience and level up to become a better WoW player.
Video games are actions according to Alexander Galloway in “Gamic Action, Four Moments” because he says, “With video games, the work itself is material action. One plays a game. And the software runs” (2). He was explaining how video games are actions compare to actors acting in movies and people taking photographs. So based on that and knowing how quests work, quests are an action of the game. They are an action because, in my example, I play the quest and the software runs the data needed for that quest, so I can complete the quest and gain the experience, money and gift. The software and I play the game together and that is what makes video games an action: the machine and operator playing together. Leveling up is an essential part of the game and an easy way to do it is by completing quests.