I remember the night of January 15, 2007.
I stood outside a game store in the bitter cold anxiously awaiting the doors opening so we could get our hands on a shiny new copy of the freshly launched Burning Crusade
There were probably thirty people there, and of course the conversation was all about World of Warcraft
The air was tense between proud members of the Alliance
and the Horde. Most players identify strongly
with one faction or the other.
It was strange to me how the faction rivalry crossed over into the real world.
I play Horde. I've been known to wear a t-shirt that says "Real Women Roll Horde." I've tried playing Alliance characters, and it just doesn't work for me. My real-world friends who play WoW also play on Horde side. I gravitate toward fellow followers of Thrall. Recently I've started a new job where a number of people play the game. Much to my surprise, I've found some Ally players that I actually like.