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The MM in MMORPG

by on July 15, 2013

Today’s Breakfast Topic on WoWinsider was a pretty interesting one. It asks the readers about how players socialize in WoW. I generally don’t give much thought to the Breakfast Topics but I gave this one a bit of thought. Players in WoW and other MMOs go about playing their games their own way. Some are happy solo’ers, others thrive on the social aspect.

My guild (at least the ones that haven’t met me), may not believe that I’m actually a big introvert irl. I have a very small circle of friends, and I’m very shy around new people, probably due to a very low self esteem. Every time I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs personality test, I’ve always come up as an INFP. The online world allows me to let out a personality that tends to hide in real life. The biggest draw of WoW to me really is the social aspect. I play for my guild first and foremost, because it’s the people I play with that really make the game enjoyable. I can’t just poke fun at Giz anywhere you know!

I’ve actually been told that I’m not the same person in life as I am in game. I was actually offended because I’ve never really compared my online persona to my real life persona. I’ve always been a “what you see is what you get” person. But after thinking about it, I realized that yes, being able to hide behind a screen actually does make me more sociable and dare I say it, extroverted. I wonder why that is?

For starters, I’m usually in the comfort of my own home, nobody (besides Yanni) is there to judge how I live, what I do in my spare time, etc. Second, people can’t actually *see* me. This ties in with my low self esteem. I have a self-loathing that nobody can even begin to understand the depths of. It’s literally at the point where I’m sick of it and am finally doing something about it (and that’s another blog entirely). I wouldn’t exactly call myself paranoid, but lately I’ve felt that everywhere I go, people are looking at me with the same disgust that I feel for myself. Because of this, I’ve felt an irrational need to be accepted somewhere, and rejection and criticism is difficult for me to recover from.

Anyway, a game like this allows introverts like me to really come out of their shell. I’ve never been a leader in anything before. I’ve always been a follower, and that’s where my comfort zone is. Being able to lead a guild from my comfort zone has given me more life experience than actually going out and socializing in the flesh. MT supports this wholeheartedly. My guildies are pretty supportive of each other, and since we’re very active, we’re a social raider’s dream guild. Solo players really don’t know what they’re missing!

/cheers

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