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That was something I said a while ago, almost a year or so ago now, I said I’d never go back to playing World of Warcraft. And I meant it and I still do in some ways but in some other ways I kinda miss it. It was a part of my life for a while there and it was something that I built myself up on. I was never the best, no where near, but I was able to see some of the stuff that only the harder players could see and it was so gloriously fun at times. However, I gave it up because it came to be so fucking repetitive I just couldn’t take it. It was like going to work each day and it wasn’t a game any more.
Anyway, for those who haven’t played WoW or haven’t played WoW at a serious raiding level, to me they amount to pretty much the same thing, don’t knock the game too much. There’s a reason people who have no “life” play that game and it’s because it’s fun and when you get up high enough, you feel like you’ve invested so much into your character that you can’t just stop. That’s why I never deleted my characters, I just cancelled my subscription. I never deleted it from my hard-drive, I just copied it to my external hard-drive. It’s not something you give up lightly. If you looked at my character, there’d be over a year’s worth of days played. And that’s full 24 hour days. And that’s on the one character.
I quit last March because I felt like I just had to give it up. I hit a moment which kind of an epiphany and in a sudden impulse, I just stopped playing. I didn’t want to spend each night from 6 to 9, at least, playing that game. I didn’t want to sit there and do the same shit again and again. I wanted to do other shit. So, I gave it up and I am determined to stay off of it. And all mmo’s. I just don’t think I could start again. My brother has quit WoW on and off for a couple of years and he’s recently gone back to it. A couple of my friends have gone back to it and I look at them, their characters and their crappy skills and mounts and just go “Please. Save yourself the embarrassment, if you want to see a real player, check this,” when they start swinging their epeens around. You got a dragon? And a nice little title. So fucking what? What about The Immortal? The Black Proto-Drake? The Amani War-Bear? Hand of A’dal? Any of this shit ringing a bell? Yeah, I have those and more.
Still I wasn’t that good, better than some by far but not as good as plenty others.
What brought this all up was my friend linked me a vid of a private WoW server. A server which is free and here’s the killer, it’s aVanilla Server, fully scripted. It looks exactly like the old school game did, something I never had a chance to play much, being a BC Baby. It looks like a challenge, it looks like it’s fun and it looks like something I could play again. Something to silence the little voice in my head that perks up when I’m playing medic on TF2. It’s all, “Doesn’t this remind you of PvP healing? With spies for rogues? Snipers for fucking hunters? Soldiers for warriors? Look at you go, jumping back and forth like this is a BG, switching it up like this was your pally, HITTING THAT FUCKER WITH YOUR BONESAW LIKE IT WAS YOUR HAMMER OF FUCKING WRATH! OWNED BIIIIIITCH. Doesn’t it make you want to do it again?”.
And I kinda do. I just don’t want to have put all that effort back into it. I don’t want to have grind it all out, spend hours in failing PuG’s to get my gear and then spend hours in a puking raid which is set to fail or hours in arena with a bad setup being dominated by unbalanced classes.
So, what it comes down to is this idea of trying not to fall into the old trap, staying true to my little personal promise and balancing that with the idea of playing something nostalgic and fun with my friends, so we can scream over vent, “GET THAT ROGUE! OH SCHNAP WE FUCKED HIM UP!” and laugh maniacally.
It’s fucking tempting. The trick would be to not get caught in that hardcore mentality, something I have trouble with sometimes, because that’s where you get caught. You’re not playing because you want to, you’replaying because you have to.
We shall see what we shall see.