My friend Sean Bonner is a self-described "casual player" in World of Warcraft. Sean is also the co-creator of Metroblogging.com, so he recently added Metroblogging: Azeroth to the list of Metroblogging cities.
Yeah, "casual," not "totally into it." I totally believe you, Sean.
I don't play WoW (for reasons which will become apparent in a moment) but six million people do, and a Metroblog for a virtual city is just too geeky to ignore, so I interviewed Sean for SGNews Geekwire this morning:
W - Unlike something that would make a great April Fool's gag, like Metroblogging: The Island from Lost, this could actually take off, because to many people, Azeroth is a real place. When you did it, did you think at all that it would have a life longer than the typical "I kiss you" meme?
S - Oh totally, we didn't do this as a prank, and that's exactly why we didn't do it on April Fools. It's something we've been thinking about for several months now at least and finally had enough people who wanted to give it a shot. So we put it together in all seriousness, just like one of our other cities, to see what happens.
[. . .]
W - How much time do you spend playing?
S - More than I want to admit?
W - Hah. That's a great answer.
S - That's actually a kind of deceptive question, but you wouldn't know it if you don't play.
W - Oh, perfect. Another Geek meme I'm not in on.
S - Dude, seriously, it's nuts, you should check it out.
W - No way. I lost a year of my life to a MUD, and that was free and just text over telnet. I'm going to have to go to a meeting now, just because you brought it up.