Updated Thu, May 02, 2013 by Mem
Roleplaying, the changing of one's behaviour to assume a role. While roleplaying may seem a little strange for those who stumble upon it without having experienced it before, the reality is that it is just another way for players to enjoy the game. Unfortunately, in World of Warcraft, roleplaying is usually scorned by those who don't take part in it themselves. However, by clearing up a few misconceptions perhaps much of this scorn can be washed away.
Below you will find the top 5 WoW roleplaying misconceptions and the actualities behind them. Enjoy!
We've all heard the line about there being no real girls on the internet, especially when it comes to playing games. Of course we know that this is simply not true. There are plenty of the female gender on the internet and more than a few of them are part of the gaming world. However, for some reason this same stigma of no real girls gets applied to roleplaying in WoW as well. People are often convinced that any female roleplayers are guys acting.
The reality is yes, some female characters may be guys playing the part. That is part of roleplaying. However, there are just as many actual females out there roleplaying as male characters. Why? Because they can. Roleplaying is all about being creative, creating a really cool character and making them come alive. For some this character may not be the same gender as they are. There are no ulterior motives here, roleplayers are just looking to tell a good story.
Roleplaying is an exercise in creative thinking and both males and females take part in and enjoy it equally. Check the forums and ask questions of roleplayers you stumble across and you will be surprised to find how many roleplayers are of the female persuasion. SO the next time you stumble across that group of roleplayers and assume they are all male, you may want to think again.
If you have been playing World of Warcraft for any extended period of time you have probably had that one awkward moment where you have stumbled across roleplayers taking part in some x-rated action. If you haven't experienced it yourself, you've probably heard stories. While this type of roleplaying does take place, the mistake most people make is to assume that this is what roleplaying is all about.
This is simply not the case. Sure there are roleplayers who do take part in this kind of thing, however, there are many more who don't. I'll say it many times during this article, roleplaying is all about creating a character and telling a story. Some players feel that being intimate in their roleplaying is essential to this, but others don't. Roleplayers are a diverse group of people, just like everybody else and lumping them all into one category is just bad juju. You never know what someone is actually doing behind that keyboard and making assumptions is a dangerous business.
Another common misconception about roleplayers is that they have no idea how to do anything besides roleplay. They can't raid, they can't PvP, and they certainlly don't know anything about their class. This is so far from the truth that it is not even funny. While those that roleplay may not place as heavy a focus on these things, they likely still enjoy doing them. Just like you may prefer raiding, but still do a bit of PvP in your spare time, roleplayers just enjoy another aspect of the game. Just because someone roleplays does not mean they have given up every other aspect of the game.
One of the most unusual misconceptions
about roleplaying and those that take part in it is the idea that it
is a small circle that cannot be infiltrated. Somehow the idea has
blossomed that roleplayers are the snobs of World of Warcraft
admitting none but a small few. This, like the other misconceptions
listed here, is simply not true. While roleplayers may have their
preferred groups of friends, much like you may have your preferred
raid group or PvP group, anyone is really welcome. Log onto the
forums and jump right in or apply for a roleplaying based guild, you
will be pleasantly surprised to find most people very welcoming.
While there are of course a few bad apples in every bunch,
roleplayers are usually pretty pleased to take new people into the
fold. Each new person is just one step closer to being more widely
accepted in the WoW community.
Roleplaying servers. Only good for one
thing....roleplaying. I mean, no one does anything else on themexcept
engage in hour after hour of roleplaying right? Wrong! After
so many years of World of Warcraft I am surprised this stigma isstill
alive and kicking, but it is. While roleplaying servers are a
great place for roleplaying and often don't tend to have as hardcoreof a
PvP or raiding community, these things still take place.
The communities on these servers are just as excited about wiping out new bosses, experiencing newcontent, and winning that PvP title as anyone else. How do I know this? I play on a roleplaying server with many of my main toons and Idon't roleplay. I am part of a raiding guild and also partake in some mild PvP from time to time.
Also keep in mind, that roleplaying is not just restricted to roleplaying servers. There are likely groupsof roleplayers on just about every server out there. A roleplaying realm just means that you are more likely to see it taking place outin the open.
That wraps up our list of top 5 WoW roleplaying misconceptions. There are many more assumptions players make about roleplayers, most of which simply aren't true. In the end, roleplaying is just about players enjoying the game, the same as everyone else and that is ultimatly what WoW is all about. How do you feel about roleplaying? Do you roleplay? What are some other common misconceptions other players tend to have about roleplaying in World of Warcraft? Share your thoughts with us using the comment section below!