Not many people can appreciate the feeling of looking at the clock and realizing that it is 4:30 in the morning and you have been sitting at your desk since 5 the day before. In the World of Warcraft, this is what it is all about. The endless hours of attempting bosses, the hundreds of events missed, the pile of homework piled on my desk all sum up my dedication to this game. Its not really even a game anymore. It is my passion and something I will never give up. Being a part of something big(although fictional) just makes one feel like they have a purpose in life.
Many kids these days are bombarded with assignments and stress. A good amount never even have a real childhood. Their lives are consumed by ambitions and hard work and sports. This might seem like a good thing, but for people to be happy they have to find something that actually makes them happy. World of Warcraft allows you to apply your talents and receive positive, instant feedback.
While you may argue that the mounds of unfinished homework are not a good thing, to a WoW player it is almost a badge of honor. We play as hard and as often as we can, and if our real lives take a hit then so be it. We are truly dedicating ourselves to something, which most people cannot say that they do. We may even live shorter lives from the countless mountain dews, hot pockets, and smoke breaks. However our lives are so much richer then anyone else’s because we have a focus in life that makes us happy.
I am not saying that World of Warcraft is for everyone, but the concept that you should take pleasure in the smaller things in life is key. Being bored in a dorm room watching tv sounds terrible compared to when you are bored in WoW. In WoW, when you are bored you fly around on huge dragons and kill things. THIS is not very boring.
World of Warcraft I feel also builds character. I personally apply my leadership skills from leading raids in WoW to real life. I am much more confident talking to new people because I speak to strangers every night.
World of Warcraft has a terrible reputation as a stupid video game. But it isnt a video game. Its a way of life.