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Hi. My real name is Dave and I'm from Philly. I'm a 50+ year old professional in the transportation industry. I live a normal live, with a normal family in a normal house and a normal car. But I love playing MMORPGs. Thats Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. In fact, thats my guy Ranzabar, a level 46 Gnome Mage in the photo over there.
Silly? Childish? Corny? Dumb? Beneath my dignity as a respectable adult. Thats what I thought when my mid-fiftyish registered Architect friend told me he was a big World of Warcraft player and I should stop by to check it out.
I resisted. After all, adults such as I use the Internet for serious things like losing a third of my investments on eTrade, or watching the partisan talking heads on CNN or Fox News.
Until my wiser-than-I wife said that she thought it looked neat and, since it was a free trial I should try it. So I did. And much to my horror, it was crazy fun. Now almost three years later, I play a couple of games in addition to WOW. And you should too.
It challenges you brain big time. It lets you be a bit of a kid again. It looks awesome. You can play fast, you can play slow. Its strategic like a board game, interactive like a chat room and cooperative like you and your grandkids trying to put a window air conditioner in on the second floor without dropping it on your new car.
Last night around 9PM, my wife was watching the Soap channel and I logged into Warcraft. I started out in Ironforge, the main industrial village, took the Tram to another big town and jumped on my mechanical Ostridge for a trek down south to wait for some other players to run through the Deadmines in West fall. The five of us eliminated a heck of alot of bad miners (not minors), and wound up in the underground harbor and made a lot of virtual gold and I finally hit the sack at 1AM. And was not bored for one minute.
If you think you might want to try this stuff, lets get some conversations going. Maybe we can create an AARP World of Warcraft Guild.