Index: 44 Age: 18 Gender: male Game: World of Warcraft
I like guilds, and I actually have 2 good online friends I play games with (been friends with them for the last 4-5 years at this point). I like to help out players when they're in trouble and I like grouping with people and getting to know them. Socializing in general is a fun portion of the game, I just hate arguing with people when they don't know what they're talking about.
I like to level at a pretty decent rate, but it's not the most important part of the game. I don't want to spend 10+ hours for 1 level, I think that's just ridiculous. Not sure what min-maxing is, but getting rare drops is always fun. I like to earn money and have a decent bit of money, but again, not the most important thing. I like to end up having a powerful character (max level), but I don't need to acheive that within the first couple months of playing like some people seem to do.
Immersion is an important part as far as feeling like I'm really part of the game world. I don't necessarily Role-Play a lot, but feeling like I'm 'in' the game is really fun. For example, in EQ, I felt like I was just playing a random computer game. Whereas with WoW I really feel like I'm involved because there's a rich history and I know a lot of the history about it. WoW has more depth and immersion than EQ in my opinion because of this. My friend and I agree that Everquest should be renamed Elfquest because the 'plot/history' seems to revolve around being an elf, or not being an elf.
I love to know all sorts of odd facts about the game that most people don't know. My friend and I sit around and look up a lot of odd things that most people don't know. It's useful because I end up using it in a lot of arguments with people who don't know what they're talking about. It's fine that they don't know a lot, but the fact that they think they do know a lot really irritates me (this isn't ALL people, but just certain people).
On Other Motivations:
The MAIN reason I play computer games is truely for just plain entertainment. I love playing games because it's enormously fun. Some people love to watch TV for entertainment. Frankly, I'm more of a hands-on kind of person and I view TV as kind of boring. I think computer games are more 'up my alley.' I can interact with people and characters and such. It's not really an 'escaping,' it's more of entertaining. I spend a lot of time playing games but it's really only during the week between classes and such. Friday and saturday night I'm usually out with my friends instead.