Dads, when it comes to our generation, we tend to stick with what we know, rather than learning something new. Whether its banks, shoes, curry dishes or video games, we tend to resist change. Yeah, okay, other genres look enticing but we’re not really sure that its for us, and so we tend to pass them by. Many Gamer Dad’s are stuck on First Person Shooter (FPS’s) and combats, adventure games like Tomb Raider or Uncharted, and Simulators such as Forza, Project Gotham Racing or the various flight simulators out there if we are feeling exotic.
But there are many other genres out there and its only the bravest of older gamers who ever seem to tackle them. Of these, the most shunned is the MMORPG or Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game if you feel like a mouthful, which are fast becoming a new form of social interaction amongst younger gamers. In fact, they are so social, that it may be this factor alone that tends to put older players off, but if you are comfortable hiding behind an Avatar and actually interacting with strangers during gameplay, you would do well to give MMORPG’s a try.
If you do decide to take the plunge but are not sure which of the many to start on, you could do worse than start with, appropriately, granddaddy of them all, World of Warcraft. Launched in 2004, WoW – as it’s known to its fans – is a subscription game with nearly 6 million players signed up around the world, that focuses on four types of gameplay;
- Normal – a player versus environment (PvE) realm where the gameplay is more focused on defeating monsters and completing quests, player-versus-player fights must be consensual, and any roleplay is optional.
- PvP (player versus player) – an environment where, in addition to defeating monsters and completing quests, open PvP combat is allowed so a player may be attacked by the opposing faction’s players at any time.
- RP (roleplay) – a variant of PvE, where players roleplay in-character.
- RP-PvP – roleplay-PvP – a variant of PvP, where players are in-character and cross-faction combat is allowed.
However, you could also be playing Elder Scrolls, Neverwinter, or even Star Wars: The Old republic if you fancy slaughtering aliens over dragons and Orcs. There’s even a growing multiplayer side to firm favourites like GTA V if you fancy some “real” mayhem. There are an increasing number of MMPORPG’s out there, and suddenly, you don’t have to be a fifty-six-year-old bricklayer when online!!
This ability to be another persona is actually much of the draw of MMORPG’s, along with social interaction and as we tend, as a species, to withdraw from the real world, increasingly real games like these give us the possibility of interacting with others, albeit while dressed as a princess or dragon-master. In fact, with stand-alone games becoming rarer, dipping a toe into online multiplayer gaming might just get you started in the future of computing, and you wouldn’t want to be left behind.
So, if your inner-elf is feeling unloved, and needs expression, sign up for a MMORPG, get that axe swinging, and spice your meat with goblin blood!
By David Layzelle
Taken from the April 2018 issue of Geek Parenting, out now!