I usually do not have difficulty stretching my mind to the perspective of another person when I actually try. Imagining the perspective of someone who has enjoyed WoW nearly continuously since launch, however, is a difficult exercise for me. Or at least it’s difficult to imagine that perspective without making a bunch of negative assumptions about the person.
Let me be clear: I find myself thinking WoW players are stupid. Or that they’re children. Or both. I know this isn’t fair; I know it isn’t universally true. Yet it’s my instant reaction to articles and comments that rave about, support, or defend the game.
It’s something I actually try to suppress, but it comes through on bad days.
Over a few posts, I’m going to look at my hatred for WoW. I’m not going to bash it, necessarily — I’m going to recall as much as possible of my two experiences as a WoW tourist and attempt to explain how my opinion of WoW and its players was formed.