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So why do this anyway?

I love MMOs.

There I said it, out in the open… I LOVE MMOs.   For years I’ve been ashamed to actually admit they were my passion, but I have at last come to terms with the fact that even if the entirety of my workmates believe I’m pretty darn weird for playing games, I no longer care.

After all, I never comment on their passion for baseball, or their obsession over American Idol.  So, I’ve finally decided that I no longer need pretend I spent last night watching network television instead of raiding.  How I choose to spend my time is as valid as theirs.  After all, neither one of us are out saving the lepers of Calcutta now, are we?

The acceptance of playing games among the public has come a long way, but we still aren’t completely mainstream.  So I’ve decided to help by infecting as many people as I can with my love of the genre!  That combined with my love of talking… well, here you have it.

There are a lot of good games out there, some of them have even been around for awhile.  Most reviews are done by professional writers who play the game for a very short time, usually with information given them by the game company.  I thought it would be great to have games reviewed by the people who would normally play them.  I also thought it would be interesting to have a Veteran player think about how much the game has changed since they first started and, perhaps, be able to impart some wisdom they wish they’d known when they first entered their particular game world.

So, these will be two part shows.  In the first show, I’ll talk to the Veteran player and ask them questions about the game.  I’ll then have someone who is an MMO player, but never played this particular game, listen to the podcast and I’ll foot the bill for them to play the MMO for a week or two.  After that time, I’ll interview the newcomer and get their impressions on the game and the advice they were given by the Veteran MMO player.

Hopefully it will be fun and we’ll all learn something!

So welcome to The Noob Review!  I’m your host Jute and with me today is….

Comments

Comment from Randolph Carter
Time September 4, 2008 at 9:17 am

Well put, Jute. I couldn’t agree with you more. I happen to listen to podcasts like yours and others on the Virgin Worlds collective through headphones while at work. This allows me to tune out all the office gossip and general chatter about last night’s TV shows. Ugh. Our TV at home isn’t even hooked up.

I rarely talk about my gaming hobby at work, I think mainly because no one would understand (“Okay, so last night you spent 3 hours playing a game on your computer where you rode around hunting and skinning wyvern whelps in a land called Telon? And that was fun? How old are you again?”). Oh well, I think I’ve come a long way in dealing with this as well. I certainly don’t feel ashamed anymore. This is my hobby. Like you say, it’s as legitimate as anybody else’s. I’m sure I’ll be playing games for many years to come. Good thing my wife is a gamer too.

I wish you the best of luck on your new podcast and am looking forward to show #2.

RC

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