Making the World of Warcraft more trivial, one post at a time…


I was reading my once-and-future guidie Psia’s blog, when I came across this little admission:

And so I came to the clothing section. And here’s where I get to the
nub of this post (I know, I take a long time to make a point!). I wasn’t prepared to buy any clothing because I am ashamed to publicly declare my love for the game. There, I said it. Ashamed of something that I spend hours on. That I enjoy in a social context with a lot of my friends.

Psia is ashamed of WoW? For shame!

Are you? I’m not.

Now, I wouldn’t wear a WoW t-shirt, but that’s not through any feeling of shame at being a WoW player – it’s just because I think they look faintly ridiculous on a guy in his mid-30s. I don’t wear t-shirts at all anymore – I’m strictly a shirt or structured top kinda guy. But, if I did, I’d more happily wear something like one of Phae’s t-shirts, which are much less in your face about the WoW connection. To those who know nothing about the game, they’re just an odd design, to those who do, they’re a point of common conversation. The default Blizz designs are just a little too much like paying to wear advertising…

But I’m certainly not ashamed of my WoW-playing. A substantial number of my collegues at work know that I play, and there will be a small aknowledgement on my main blog when I post here. I’ve often interlinked between the two. MMoRPGs feel like they’re in the same place blogging was in a few years back – many people were ashamed to admit that they were involved, but they were rapidly becoming part of the mainstream. Just as with blogging, I treat WoW like something ordinary and mainstream, and that makes it a non-issue for others.

Does that match everyone’s experiences?

  • I’ll admit: in a professional setting I was horrifically afraid to mention that I spent a lot of time on World of Warcraft, going as far as to have a website about it. Maybe it was because of where I worked and the kinds of topics that we discussed at the time, but the few times I even broached the subject I got either ridiculed or looked at strangely. There were perhaps two people who actually enjoyed discussing computers, much less any kind of game that didn’t involve sports or flailing your hands around like an idiot after having gotten oneself inebriated.

    What can I say? Young professional engineers were mostly rather boring from my perspective. I had a lot more fun interacting with the so-called “blue collar” people at the plant who, while sometimes a bit uncouth, were a hell of a lot more interesting to talk to.

  • Its a small world – and I do feel an immediate commadary when I see someone wearing a wow shirt / gets a wow reference
    But I’ve also had people call me from a party telling me – I’m just talking to this guy and he plays the game you play – here have a chat…
    and i’m like.. uh uh.. so what server u from?
    A Tshirt is a big invitation to a) stare at my chest – b) ask me questions…. that I may not want to answer to a stranger.

    Where a Wow related tshirt I could get away with on casual fridays at work, I’d also get a lot of questions about it and peoples attitude to gaming can be quite snide.. ” Oh its a GAME………” never mind that they watch Tv – read trashy magazines about their Tv and movie stars..

  • My friends don’t get it, but they know of my WoW obsession and give me substantial grief:)

    I also tend to drag my Macbook to the coffee shop where I work and when I’m not working I load WoW and play.. My co-workers were all looking over my shoulder when I got flight form.

    There’s a WoW group at school, but the “casual” girl didn’t fit in with the raider boys, so all my WoW friends remain online.

  • I always feel I need to defend my gaming. I’m a gamer in so many different aspects and all of them are more accepted than WoW: roleplaying, LARP, board-games, console gaming, pc gaming and even casual web-gaming. Among these it’s just MMOs that make people look at me weird. I think I know a few of the “whys” but I still hate the feeling I get that I have to defend myself for a hobby of four years. On the other hand while there were no MMOs they would look weird when I told them I was playing rpgs 4 nights a week (way back when I had the time for that)

    My colleagues and friends know I play, but I always take care to downplay the game and make sure they know I only “play a little sometimes”. I don’t feel ashamed I am just sick of having to defend the game and telling everybody that I am in control and not the game …

    Still if the T-Shirt was cool I would still wear it especially if it has some hidden gamer humor nobody would understand. I mean I wear T-Shirts that say “OMG Pwnies” so why not some WoW Shirt.

  • I am not ashamed of it, per sec, but I don’t bring it up in conversation with non-gamers. I try to change the subject around my mother and don’t bother to discuss with my non-WoW friends.

    I do own a hunter shirt and WoW shirt, given to me by my husband and brother. Also, I would own more if I found some I liked. As of yet, I have no problem wearing them in public and my husband and I had an interesting trip to Best Buy once because of the shirts. But there is a line and often if you want to broadcast, wearing a shirt or other piece of clothing is the way to go. It only invites individuals who know what the reference means.

    Now, that being said, there is a limit to what I will wear in the name of WoW. Recently stared to produce T-shirts with your guild tabard, toon name and affiliation. I can’t buy it, can’t even think of wearing it, not matter how much I love my guild. Really, it is the realm of “geek extreme”. I tried to show a friend as a joke and he just started to jump up and down saying he wanted one for his birthday.

    Slack-jawed I just stared at him. It really takes all kinds.