Nostalgia is worth quite a bit of currency for Blizzard, as we've seen from Thursday's announcements concerning the 10th Anniversary celebrations. As I prepare to take a break from actual Podcasting I'm not stopping the process however, anything but. In fact, part of the reason for taking a break is so I can start preparing for a project that I've been planing for a while now, and which I think it's high time to share with you guys and at the same time ask you for help. My forte has always been sound, and as a result I've decided to launch a Project which is nothing at all to do with me and absolutely EVERYTHING to do with you, and the memories you have of World of Warcraft over the last 10 years.
Hence the 10 YEARS :: 10 QUESTIONS project was born, and I need your help to make it a reality.
What's this all about, I hear you ask? Well, it is very simple: I want to ask AS MANY PLAYERS AS I CAN FIND the same ten questions about their time in Warcraft. The more responses I get, the easier it will be to build a balanced and comprehensive picture of what matters to players after a decade: what they remember, what Warcraft has given them as an experience and most importantly the legacy of the game for players as we move into the NEXT ten years of Warcraft's life. That means getting the word out everywhere: social media, other sites, and I'm not just looking for current players either. I'm attempting to contact ex-players too for their responses because this isn't just about the people who remain, I grasp that those who have left have as much to say on this as the existing playerbase.
Without further ado, let's give you the 10 questions that matter:
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
You can be as brief or verbose as you wish, that's the wonder of words as a medium. What matters most to me are YOUR stories, and how Warcraft has changed the way you have not just played the game, but come to look at yourself.
HOW TO TAKE PART
USING THE INTERNET
If you wish to use these questions as a basis for a blog post, PLEASE DO SO, and ensure you link the post to this post so I'll be able to use your answers as part of my Source Material. Please also indicate whether you'd be prepared to be interviewed in person for the Podcast (see below.) I'll also happily accept video responses, poetry, Reddit, Tumblr, and pretty much every point in-between if you have an original way of getting these questions answered. Just let me know where your responses are so I can see them!
If you wish to answer online, you'll find a Survey Form by CLICKING THIS LINK. That will record all the details I need to make sure your contribution to this Project is counted.
Once I have all the data collated, I'll be recording a series of six, 30 minute Podcast documentaries. There will be an introductory 'episode' that will explain what we did, why it matters and will feature real Warcraft players from ACROSS THE GLOBE. Not celebrities, or famous Players, but the ordinary people who make Warcraft what it is and continue to contribute to the evolution of the game.
The next five, thirty minute episodes will cover two questions each, and will feature a mixture of live interviews and and snippets from the best responses submitted via the Internet during the research/collation process. So, if you have a answer to one of my questions you think the World of Warcraft ought to know about, make sure you take part to have your voice heard. I will be actively seeking players to be interviewed as a result: if you think you have an interesting story you'd feel comfortable sharing that fits inside the questions I've given, please leave a note in the comments or use the e-mail address above to contact me!
I'm hoping that by word of mouth and reputation I'll be able to grab enough responses from people across the massive range of player base to make this a really significant exercise and to produce a series of Podcasts that people can come back to in years to come as a lasting legacy of what Warcraft has contributed to the Gaming Community. That will depend on YOUR contribution. Please spread the word, ask your friends and most importantly take part yourself, because EVERY ANSWER MATTERS, and I will read every single one to make this the best set of Documentaries I can produce.
The rest now is up to you.
Thank You for taking part :D