– Guest Author Victoria Stewart
If Blizzard really wants to see the game properly, the developers should have to play the game for at least 2 hours with a 7 year old. Every detail is scrutinized, every unclear instruction debated, every over simplified storyline has to be filled in and God forbid there should be a glitch.
I was in Darnassus with my 7 year old when suddenly she jumped off the second story of a building and sat down in the water near by and refused to move or talk.
“What’s wrong Lizie?”
“mumble, mumble… nothing” She said in a pout.
“Did you train for skinning like you wanted to?” I asked.
“No.” She grumbled and sunk down deeper into the water.
“Why not? Didn’t you see the trainer up there?”
“Yeah, but she didn’t want to train me.”
“What? What do you mean? She told you no?”
I had already made sure that she had a profession slot open, so I knew that wasn’t it. She refused to speak any more on the topic, so I went up to the trainer to see what she would say to me and to make sure she went to the right NPC. Sure enough, there is a problem. Eladriel, the Darnassus skinning trainer had become a shield vendor. (It’s a bug ) I explained that there was a bug to Lizie and eventually she came to accept that it wasn’t a personal judgment on her ability to learn or her value as a human being (or Night Elf in this case).
Over all though, gaming with Lizie has been a positive experience. When we go to the grocery store in RL the list becomes the quest, other customers are the mobs (we don’t actually attack people, but we pretend we did afterwards.) and of course the frustration of not being able to find the right kind of Froot Loops after going to two stores (Instances). The epic battle with the pharmacist to get him to drop the right kind of kids allergy medication is a story she still retells. Errands are fun now. Disappointments becomes part of the challenge and a long walk to a store becomes a opportunity to talk about how much better things will be when she gets her mount at level 40.