Have you lost the joy of World of Warcraft? Cortyn has a way to fix this if you want.
If you’ve been playing World of Warcraft for almost two decades, you may lose your breath at some point. You somehow saw everything and no matter what the developers came up with, it was already there in some modified form. You become a bit blasé, everything becomes routine, and you often think: why was it so much cooler before? Was the game just better? Is it up to you?
Quite a salutary remedy for this fatigue is the “Newcomer” channel in World of Warcraft or “Chat for Beginners” in German.
Because as a veteran, dealing with the joys and problems of completely new people is great fun in itself.
After nearly 20 years, you lose sight of the details
I have been on Newcomer with my characters for as long as I had the opportunity. This is the channel that new players are automatically put into when they leave World of Warcraft. Veterans who have achieved a number of achievements can become “mentors” there by providing guidance to newcomers and simply answering questions that arise.
And it’s hard to imagine what the questions are when you’ve been so deep into World of Warcraft for 18 years that you won’t even recognize the problem.
Most of you have played Exiled Isle before. This is the newest starting area to be implemented in Shadowlands and aims to provide a consistent start to the game. The tasks are fairly linear, relatively simple, and only serve as a tutorial. Nobody should have a big problem with that – would they?
One of the most common things you see on a beginner feed is chat lines from newbies posting something like this:
- “wawe to gogroth”
- “type / wave to gor’groth”
The reason for this is the only quest on the island where the character disguises himself as an ogre and leads alleged prisoners through the ogre camp. As an intermediate part of this quest, you must wave to one of the ogres to signal that you are bringing new prisoners.
And this quest step turns out to be a clear blockage.
Elite Vets can roll their eyes here and think, “If you’re too stupid to type an emote, I don’t want to see you in the end game.”
But you have to remember that there are so many newcomers who may not have played any other MMORPG or have never had any contact with video games of this rank.
And in my own experience on the beginner channel, this questline is quite a barrier, and the game doesn’t explain it very well either. Because in the quest you not only need to enter the chat command (“/ wave”) for the first time, but also aim at the appropriate NPC. Both are relatively poorly explained by the game and, if you think about it, are quite a distance from the previous missions.
But once you’ve learned to use emoticons in 18 years to tease each other, thank each other for a spell, or swing your fist at the evil villain in PvP, the task is completely trivial.
It’s incredibly hard to imagine that even in the past, you failed to complete a quest on your first try.
It is difficult to help those players who do not pay enough attention to chatting. But if successful, the reward is a nice feeling of helping another player who doesn’t end the game frustrated with this questline because he can’t solve it.
This is just one of the reasons why I find WoW too difficult for beginners.
The absurd joy in the smallest things is contagious
But by far the greatest fun is experiencing the joy of other players who enjoy the tiniest things that you could only smile yourself about.
So again and again it happens that a beginner asks with distinct enthusiasm on the novice channel:
“How to get that black unicorn mount ?! This is so cool !!! “
From this, conversations re-evolve in which the great secrets are told that ultimately reward mounts like Lucid Nightmare.
Also memorable to me is the druid who apparently had his personal Christmas in the middle of summer when he announced on the newcomer channel (in Capslock):
“I CAN CHANGE INTO A CAT !!! THIS IS AMAZING!!!”
It’s such a down-to-earth basic skill for any druid, but to someone who hadn’t played an MMORPG before, it seemed like the best thing that could have happened. This almost childishly exaggerated joy is simply contagious and you can’t help but smile a little.
It always reminds me of my own origins in World of Warcraft. I remembered that during the “Vanilla” days, I was on a mission to Ashenvale with my mage, where you could turn into a furbolga with a quest item. It was my first assignment of its kind, and I was so excited about the transformation that I never completed it.
I kept the quest item because unlike many other quest items, it could be used anywhere in the game world. It doesn’t matter if later in the Molten Core during the raid or on the Warsong Gulch battlefield. I could show myself anywhere as a furbolg mage, and I thought it was really great at the time.
So my advice is, if you are a longtime WoW veteran and have lost your enthusiasm, sign up as a mentor to help newcomers with words and deeds. But, of course, only if you really intend to help the newcomers a little.
This innocent joy is simply contagious – and at the latest, when someone in the chat again writes “wave to gorgroth”, you have to smile a little again.