By day, "John" (not his real name) is a student at the university of Illinois. In the evening, however, "John" participates in the computer game world of warcraft, and transforms himself into a short, bald, bearded man.
Yes, John is one of many who has elected to pick one of his characters as a dwarf male paladin. Although studies have shown the paladins are a valued member of groups in world of warcraft, the question remains as to why "john", a normals WoW player in many other ways (young, male, less socially skilled than peers) would not use the available character option of a female human to play this particular class.
"It is because I wanted to try out as many races as possibly", he says.
This tendency to want to try out as many combinations as possible shows itself in other choices "John" makes as well. Although it limits his overall levelling speed, "John" currently divides his playing time between 7 characters, all different classes. He says the sacrifice of levelling speed is worthwhile, but only time will show what negative long term effects this may yet have.
Most mysterious of all, although "John" partakes in little social activities, his free time is not completely absorbed by world of warcraft. According to interviews, his "major", "Chemical engineering", requires a lot of "homework", and "studying". He also plays other supposed "computer games", such as "Pharaoh", and "Alpha Centauri", although these do not involve levelling a character, killing large amounts of monsters, or travel, so their classification is suspect. He also demonstrates an interest in various "science" related subjects, such as "Thermodynamics", apparently something to do with heat and something called "energy" not related to what rogues use. Again, the long terms of these activites are debatable, but there is no question that over time they could result in anything.
(This, as you may have guessed, is just me having fun with the writing style of articles about computer games, or in a way, everything where a newspaper, news report, etc. is describing something that a lot of people won't understand on more than a surface level. The person being described is myself, my name is not "John".)