In World of Warcraft
This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.
A player is distinguishable from player characters in that one player can have multiple player characters. While playing with the default interface configuration, player characters can be identified by a permanent character name panel floating above their character. The color of the text in this name panel varies defending upon their faction and whether they are flagged for PvP.
|Name color||Faction||You PvP Flagged||Him PvP Flagged|
|blue||No matter||No matter||No|
The game mechanics in World of Warcraft also make the distinction between player and player character in a few ways, such as:
- Validating signatures. Only one character per account can sign a charter, thus preventing only a couple of players from starting a guild with many alts.
- Confirming Auction House bids and buyouts. A player cannot bid for, or buyout, their own auctions using one of their own alts on the same account, even from different factions.
- Responding to GM tickets promptly. When a GM ticket is submitted in game, the GM can identify a player regardless of which player character he or she may be using.
In Real Life
You, obviously, if you play the game. Over the years World of Warcraft has had an amazing amount of diversity in age and types of players. Some celebrities have enjoyed playing the game and joining guilds without anyone knowing who they really were. There have been both young children and the very elderly who have beaten raids and been incredibly helpful to their guilds. You can't simply assume the average player you pass in a capital city is young or old, experienced or novice. This game has attracted many people from all walks of life over the years.