I recently “celebrated” five years playing this game. (Crazy, huh?) I’m not sure exactly what day I started playing, since I poked around on a trial account before I ended up with my own actual account. Still, the first “patch” I remember downloading was the one that introduced the honor system – which means I started playing before 8 April 2005.
Five years is a long time. Lots of “life” has happened during that time – good things and bad things.
I’ve gone through times when I was super excited about the game and times when my excitement has waned slightly. (Those times are often related to RP and new characters, surprise surprise.)
I’ve met a lot of really cool people – many of whom I now count as real friends and not just game acquaintances.
And really, I can’t say I’ve missed out on life or doing the things I want to do alongside playing WoW. I have lots of hobbies outside of game (that I’m doing a lot more of since I have been unemployed) and a mostly happy personal life too. In fact, I’d say that having WoW as a place to relax and not think about things was incredibly useful while I was finishing my degree – a degree which suffered no negative impact from my video games.
Now, before you all freak out on me – I’m not quitting or anything of the sort.
Just… ruminating on the nature of the game, the fact that I’m in a bit of an enthusiasm downswing (which always happens after the end of major RP arcs), and a bit of a “life” upswing (and a hobby upswing too). So I may not post much this week. I know I won’t be playing much this week, due to having many things out of game to get done before I do some traveling this weekend (I was out of town last week/end too).
I’m definitely still excited about things in game. Aely and Arrens have stories to tell, Annata is starting to chatter at me, there’s leveling to be done and screenshots to take and all kinds of things I still want to do and enjoy doing. But as many have said before me, RL > WoW, so I’m going to use this busy time as a bit of a “reboot”.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and all that; I’m already looking forward to when I’ll have time to be back in game (likely Thursday evening for TRI’s raid) and time to go putter around with RP and my own goals (next week).
So I’m curious – how do you guys manage the natural ebb and flow that happens in a video game/MMO? What parts do you miss when you’re away for a time due to real life or other time intensive things?
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