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World of Warcraft

(Boss Fight Books #12)

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At more than 100 million user accounts created and over $10 billion made, it is not only the most-subscribed MMORPG in the world, but the highest-grossing video game of all time. Ten years after its launch, Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft is less a game and more a world unto itself, and it's a world Daniel Lisi knows well. More time in his high school years was ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 20th 2016 by Boss Fight Books
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Helen
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good, quick read. Not knowing enough about what it means to really become immersed in a massive multiplayer game like World of Warcraft didn't stop me from feeling what the author was going through. There's a sense of escapism in reading about the author's flight into a world full of friends he might never meet. Lisi, now with hindsight, also goes back and expounds upon how, had he gone down a different path, things could have gone much worse. But the outcome of whether it was al ...more
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Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I wasn't sure what to expect when starting this book. I've never played World of Warcraft, and honestly I'm not at all interested in it. The game loop of fight, gather loot, spend loot, repeat just doesn't interest me. I've read other boss fight Books about games I haven't played, and those books do tend to be
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Jesse Lehrer
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was my first Boss Fight Books book and I get from reviews that they're all kinda like this. This book was just okay. It's an elongated blog post by someone who I guess is a fan. There's nothing special about the writing, it's all okay, there's some cursory references to sociological discussions about games, game addiction, game design, etc. which are all interesting but not in depth. None of this is to say the book is bad, it's just okay. I'll keep reading the books because they're really j ...more
Agustín Fest
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Un exadicto narra su juventud atrapada por World of Warcraft, reflexiona someramente sobre los videojuegos MMO y, digamos, su aspecto negativo para convertir a los jugadores en bestias competitivas, clientes perpetuos. Como otros libros de esta editorial, cambia constantemente entre narrar cuestiones personales y dar datos duros sobre el tema. Creo que le faltó trabajo, pero no está mal como un libro para introducirnos en WoW y su cultura de raiding, por qué para algunos es importante clavarse e ...more
David Macpherson
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like this series and the way the writers balance description of game play, information on the making of the game and some personal aspect to the game. Here the formula is off kilter. There is too much about the author in an unengaging fashion. It mentions he was probably addicted to the game as a teen but doesn't really address it well. It was a short book so it moved quickly, just not too satisfying
Tim
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Why are all these boss battles books more memoires than insightfull "making ofs"? This is the second one I read that has more stories about the author and how he played/lived through the books topic. Perhaps I expected something else and are Boss Battle books realy this: personal memoires and some shallow game lore
Mercedez
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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An interesting look into WoW that helped me understand why people come and came to love it so much.
Peter Derk
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Here's something I just found out: There are a bunch of books you can pick up in World of Warcraft.

Here's something I just decided: Why don't we look at some of them?

A Steamy Romance Novel: Forbidden Love

That's the title(?) How about an excerpt?

Bony fingers worked effortlessly beneath his armor, unlatching his breastplate and exposing him to the cold air. "Don't worry my sweet Marcus, that's not a finishing move tonight... I'm just getting started." He wrapped his arms around what remained of he
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Greg Karber
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like the other Boss Fight Books, it tells the story of a game through the lens of the author's personal experience. For Daniel Lisi's World of Wacraft, that means it's both a coming-of-age story and an addiction narrative. Yes, he finds social validation and a girlfriend, but he also isolates himself and lies to his parents. Ultimately, he neither glorifies nor condemns the game, but reveals what it was and what it meant to him.

One of my favorite details was how, as he became more and more inves
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Graham Oliver
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Like several books in this series, audience problems. Well written, but if you're familiar with WoW at all then a solid 75% of the book will be old information for you. I would've rather read a longer account of the author's interpersonal relationships than the portrait of WoW writ large.
Kurt Anderson
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personal experience both in-game and out- shared by the author show just how important games can be; even if only for a short while.
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