Recently, Gamers Classified reported on a study which identified 10 reasons why consumers play World of Warcraft (WoW). To read this article, please click here. Following on from this, we recently had the pleasure of speaking to Logan Carter who is a WoW veteran and a Moderator of the WoW Oceanic Facebook page. In this interview, Logan tells us about how he discovered WoW, why he has stuck with it and where he would like to see WoW head in the future. You can read the transcript below or watch the video interview by clicking here.
Q: How did you first become interested in video games?
A: I’ve kind of always been into them. I mean, my first ever console was an Atari 2600 when I was a wee nipper. I think I got into computer games in high school where my first computer game was Command and Conquer, and then Blizzard had Starcraft, Diablo and WoW 1 & 2: Orcs versus Humans, so I’ve been a fan of Blizzard all through their earlier games.
Q: When did you first discover WoW and what do you like about this game?
A: I discovered it at a LAN event in Auckland called Farmland which was held in a barn. There were about 80 or 90 of us that packed out this barn where we used our old ISP gear. Some people there were playing WoW Beta and that’s when I got introduced to it. What got me hooked was the art value: it’s very immersive but not life-like. It was the art that first draw me in and then the fact that it wasn’t this huge grind like other MMOs of that same era.
Q: What characters do you play, and do you find that you identify with them at all?
A: I mained a priest in Vanilla and now I main a warrior who’s been my main character for the last 12 years. I have a few other alternative characters which I use for professions but overall I’m loyal to the one main character. I wouldn’t say that I identify with my charters or that they’re an extension of me. Rather, they’re more a form of escapism.
Q: What does a typical game session involve?
A: Tonight will involve doing some Mythics and a World Quest. I’m part of a Guild which normally organises Mythic Progression Raiding three nights a week although sometimes it gets up to five nights per week. Those are 20 person raids but one of the things I like about the Battle for Azeroth expansion is War Mode which lets you group up in a party of five. I find that this mode invites people to get together and then kill anybody who stand in our way because we have strength in numbers. I think the War Mode feature has done a good job of bringing people together because it’s available to everyone, not just those who play on a Player versus Player (PvP) server. I think it’s made the game a lot of social because you’re encouraged to group together for earn those extra rewards.
Q: Besides playing the game, is there any other way that you engage with the WoW community?
A: I’m one of the five Moderators on the WoW Oceanic Facebook Page which currently has around 8 500 members. I joined the group when it had about 3 000 members and I’ve watched it steadily grow since then. There’s also my Guild which has a few meetups and people fly in from all around the country to attend those. I also used to work in IT and you’d get to chatting with customers as you’re building a PC. They’d see my Alliance badge and we’d strike up a conversation from there.
Q: How would you like to see WoW grow in the future?
A: I’m a fanboy consumer so I don’t have that many gripes with what they put out, however I think that Azerite armour is rubbish- it’s just awful. I’d like to see a level of player customisation for loot and player drops so that you could aim for specific pieces. Apart from that, I appreciate how Blizzard engages with the community through their Twitter, Blue Posts and even the fan pages. Blizzard Australia recently reached out to our Oceanic Facebook page with some giveaways, for example. I fear the day they bring out WoW 2.0 because you have people who have invested so much time into the game. Some people have over 1500 days of WoW play time, for example. That’s a huge investment which Blizzard could pull the plug on at any time.
To watch the full video of this interview, please click here. If you would like more information about WoW or would like to play the game for free, please visit the official World of Warcraft website.