[quote="johngh, post:16, topic:179714"]
I played WoW off and on for two years. I raided for a while, had really good gear, was well known on my server for PvP, etc. etc.
I personally can't remember all that much that I personally found objectionable. Perhaps some people would not like all the demonic things in the game, but it never bothered me because I always kept in mind that it was evil. There is perhaps a bit of danger though in that the game turns all of these evil things into "fun". The Undercity, which is one of the capital cities in the game, is a perfect example. There are people there that are tortured and crying, body parts hanging from hooks in one room, etc., but it is done in a very cartoony way that makes it difficult to keep in mind how terrible it is. However aside from those few things I can't remember anything that really frustrated me. It's especially nice that there are the "holy" characters such as Priests and Paladins (my main was a paladin) and that they talk about the "light" all the time, and there are even some cathedrals in the game. Overall I would say there is nothing too objectionable in the game...except for maybe the people that play it hehe.
However there is one major warning I must give about the game. Everything you hear about it being addictive is true. I do know a few people that tried to play it and never really got into it, but they are in the minority. I would say most people that play the game become addicted, some obsessively so. I was in the obsessive camp. I used to play the game for at least 6 hours a day and it did become unhealthy. That being said at the time I didn't really have anything else to do, so I honestly don't regret it too much. Thank God once my life required it I was able to get away from the game, but it was hard.
So I say if you really want a good MMO, WoW is simply the best. I've tried almost all of the MMO's on the market and none of them really even come close (LoTR and WAR come the closest). However if you really want to make good grades, have a girlfriend or want a girlfriend, want to have plenty of time to spend with friends, or just have an addictive personality then I would strongly caution you. I'm not going to lie, WoW still remains one of my favorite games of all time and I had an absolute blast playing it. But you must always keep in mind that it is just a game, and that there are things much more important. If you can do that, you shouldn't have a problem.
Oh and if you do play, be a ret paladin. They're the best :)
That being said, I think I'll wait on WoW. I intend to try it some day, but If what you say about addiction is true, this might not be the game for me at the moment. However, my focus is not on roleplaying, PvE or Leveling. My focus is fragging opponents. As I mentioned earlier, I'm extremely competitive. However, I also realize It's just a game, and as I've gone down the road of mild MMO addiction before (though never 6 hours per day), I can safely say that I'd never focus my life on a mere game again, it's not worth it.
And yes, Paladins > Every other class.
Do something more productive; you'll be thankful in the long run. Take up biking, running, swimming, reading, etc.
Just because It's a computer game doesn't mean it can't be productive. Take Counter-Strike for instance. You can learn C++ and Hammer/Source editing skills by creating maps for that game. The game itself is highly strategic, forcing you to make spilt-second fight-or-flight responses, or get fragged.
World of Warcraft, from what I hear, is also very strategic, as well as a good game for friends to get together on when they can't visit one another.
And nobody said you can't bike, play sports or read just because gaming's one of your hobbies. I'm afraid a lot of people have this misconception that every gamer that plays stuff more intense that Peggle or Wii Sports is a loser who eats Cheetos and Snickers while gaming in his mom's basement.
I appreciate all the comments, from all you guys though. Thanks for helping me out! :thumbsup: