One of the games that has an interesting place in my life is World of Warcraft. For those unaware of World of Warcraft, the idea of the game is to create a virtual character that interacts in a virtual world. You have the option of teaming up with other online players or you can play completely on your own. The character you create can take on any number of different roles and class of character. These distinctions basically help further define the play style that you want to take.
One of the things that World of Warcraft has really taught me is that it is important to always pay attention to how you interact with your environment. It’s easy to see how the total community reacts to people who are loud and rude and sometimes people think that everyone acts a certain way, when in reality it’s just a small percentage. Additionally, people have very different ideas and opinions of how World of Warcraft should look. There will always be disagreements in this scenario, therefore, it is important to be respectful of differences in opinions. Additionally helping someone at a certain point in time might be worthwhile in the long run.
Another aspect of World of Warcraft that I’ve really come to appreciate from looking back is the understanding of team roles. In my experience I took on various roles and had various levels of success with those roles. Through it all though I was always about doing what was best for my team. Others took more selfish approaches because they played and cared with their own time involved. I played with long term goals and achievements in mind.
At the end of the day the thing I really took away from World of Warcraft though was the following: You get out of it what you put into it. If you want to waste time it’s easy to do, if you want to be “productive” you can. Therefore, it’s always about you, even when there are thousands to millions of other people around.
So what are you putting your time into and what are you getting out of it?