I used to play World of Warcraft consistently until a few years ago. Time always gets the better of us, but now I have a chance to get back into the game. I am studying Games and Learning and part of that is to join a gaming affinity space—forum, community, etc.—so I decided to start lurking about and interacting on Blizzard’s Battle.net World of Warcraft forums. https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/

The forum’s front page is organized into separate topics.

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Example of how the World of Warcraft forum front page is organized

The Community forums are where you can find general discussion about the game and guild recruitment threads for those looking for players, or players looking to join a guild. The Classes forums are for discussion about the various player classes in the game. The first forum I clicked on was the Returning Player Help and Discussion. It has been a while since I played apart from my recent questing that I did after the most recent expansion Legion was released.

I found through my initial lurking that the community, for the most part, to be friendly and helpful. I also noticed an instance of a community member speaking out against another that had made a rude and unnecessary comment.

I was not surprised to find the thoughtful discussions about the state of the game and its players. I have engaged in these sorts of arguments with friends myself. Reading through these posts gave me insights into the state of the game as it is now which is helpful not having played meaningfully in a long time.

I am looking forward to getting back into a game I miss and playing it with a more critical eye than I had before. I know that I will get yelled at for not healing a careless hunter, or not keeping up with an impatient tank—but that is half the fun. Is that going to ruffle some feathers? Don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.

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