Why World of Warcraft? Meaning, why play it, what's the big attraction?
Because human imagination is far more interesting than human reality.
I say this because as I opened up Yahoo!'s main page to log into my email, an article caught my eye, "Bohemian Grove", which reminded me of a host of things in the wonderful World of Warcraft: "Grove of the Ancients", and just Night Elf living in general in the rather bohemian community better known as Teldrassil. I looked at that article and I thought yeah, but I bet the real thing is not nearly as interesting as the world I delve into as my alter ego, "Sarelimar", a human warlock fighting for the cause of the Alliance, or "Lilirryia", a Night Elf druid defending the forest against such ugly things as Gnarlpine Augurs or Timberling Elementals (and believe me they are ugly).
However, on second look I don't think the article is what I thought it was at first glance... no it is not at all what I thought it was!! It is this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemian_Grove And this is the Yahoo! article: http://ask.yahoo.com/20060714.html
My apologies if the Wikipedia link shuts down your browser window. :(
What I was thinking of is the Jackson Hole, WY annual Bluegrass Festival. Which may or may not be bohemian in nature. Someone at work was talking about it the other day and so when I saw the article my brain connected the two pieces together as, "That must be what so-and-so at work was talking about the other day."
... actually, the more I think about it, the more I realize that the event my brain is really trying to get to is something else entirely, and I don't think it happens anywhere near Jackson Hole OR Sonoma, CA. It is some sort of annual event that happens in the rugged terrain of Nevada, or Utah or Oregon, and it is magical in nature, like a wiccan/pagan event or something, and it attracts a large group of people but it's not very well known. If anyone can help me out here ... there is the .... it's the Straw Man Festival!!!! That's what it is!!!!
Upon further research it's actually the Burning Man Festival, aka, Burning Man Project, and it does indeed take place in Nevada.
In addition to human imagination I'd like to add human memory to the above statement (about human imagination being far more interesting than human reality).