World of Warcraft teaches the wrong things, is a little article on gamasutra that really caught my eye. It's not extremely well written, the author tries to set it around an enumerated list that turns into a mindless rant, but it's worth listing the two major things that WoW gets wrong:
- Investing a lot of time in something is worth more than actual skill.
- Group > Solo
David Sirlin talks about the side of gaming that's very close to my heart - getting good at games. I played pinball for a long time, and I got quite good at it - but I walk up to occupied tables and see masters at work. The kind of pinball player that I could quite easily call sensei with a straight face.
Do these people exist in World of Warcraft? I've seen quite a few good WoW players, and the one thing the good ones have in common is the ability to spend lots of time on the internet.