Friday, December 17, 2010
I'm Exactly Like Michael Corleone
Ok, so maybe not exactly like Michael, but close enough. I've been dragged back in to something that I thought was put behind me, World of Warcraft.
While the Bear Monk and I were still in college, and young newlyweds, he started playing WoW. Being the sweet and indulgent wife that I was back then, I picked up the game eventually.
And hated about 99% of the game. I found it dull, repetitive, and infuriating on just about all counts. However, before I get slammed with comments, let me put this into context. I was playing on a PvP (Player versus player) server, which for you non-gamers means that anyone from the other faction in the game that wanted to (because I really suck at PvP) could kill me.
And they did.
A whole lot.
It was not that uncommon for me to be corpse camped for 20-30 minutes at a time, reducing me to tears. TBM tried to help as much as he could with his maxed out characters, but there's only so much that can be done when a jerk has decided to make you his target.
I was also about 20-30 levels behind all the people we played with, so I was always questing by myself or being run through whole zones in a few hours. I would click to accept a quest, never knowing where I was going or what I was supposed to do, and would follow someone around, pretending to help. In dungeons, I stood back and picked up the goodies dropped while someone killed all the monsters in the dungeon in one hit.
If it sounds boring, that's because it is.
So, now, two expansions and four years later, he's convinced me to play again. But I've set some guidelines:
1. I only play on PvE servers. No more jerks can make me cry. The game might kill me, but it's not setting out to be a jerk, so I can forgive it.
2. No more running through dungeons or zones. I follow the story and read every quest I'm given.
3. I can drop the subscription any time I want and pick it up later.
So, currently I'm rolling a level 18 Tauren druid, a level 9 Blood Elf warlock, and a level 3 Troll Shamen.
Have I mentioned that I have a bit of gaming ADD?
But, no matter how I'm doing it, I'm actually having fun and enjoying myself. Which is the whole point of the exercise anyway.
Even if it means babysitting lots of little raptors.