I have this problem and the problem is that I can’t not like timewalking. I just have this big ol’ smile on my face while doing it. I did Arcatraz yesterday and the group sucked and there were a couple of wipes (yes, in 2015) and I didn’t even care; I didn’t even care one bit because it brought me back.
I love it. I love it so much. Best thing Blizzard has done in forever. And according to MMO-Champion they’re planning on adding even more old instances! I don’t care about Cataclysm dungeons but I DO care about the other TBC and Wrath dungeons. Yes, Blizzard. Yesssss. Give them to me. I want all of them.
As all three (or maybe four?) of you long-time readers left know, I quit playing WoW for several years and thus left this blog to unceremoniously sit for just as long. Sometimes I wonder if I should have kept playing so I could keep blogging, because I do so love blogging. But, ultimately, I’m glad I took that break.
See, recently I’ve been seeing a lot of people both on Twitter and in blogs talking about how they’re growing tired of, or bored with, the game. And then here I am, over here in my corner, having a blast and in general being content with my life in Azeroth.
And you know, I think it’s because I walked away for so long. I walked away and now that I’m back I’m looking at it with fresh eyes.
It’s not the same as it was back when I first started, no. It will never be quite that magical again. But sometimes I think it can get pretty close. (In fairness, I might be biased, because I am very easy to please.)
So yes, I’m glad I took a break. I’ve sort of… recalibrated my own thought process on the whole thing, if you will. It used to be that I thought quitting WoW was sort of a huge deal, but now I treat it like any other game. I can drop it for months – or years – at a time, and then I can come back again later whenever I want. And you know what? That’s okay. Especially now that I can pay for a subscription just by logging in and poking my garrison for twenty minutes a day.
Despite – or perhaps because of – my love for video games, I tend to lag behind a bit in the department of technological trends. I did not get my first smartphone until about two years ago, and I was not using a widescreen monitor until exactly… yesterday.
That’s right. You know how back in the day everyone’s monitor was a square? That was mine. Until about 16 hours ago.
Needless to say my crowded world…
suddenly got a whole lot bigger…
It’s actually kind of difficult to enjoy right now, because for whatever reason, my new monitor is hurting my eyes. I’ve never been one of those people who gets eye strain from staring at monitors (other than from the 3D feature on the Nintendo 3DS), so I’m at a loss as to why this one is giving me fits. Nothing looks fuzzy or anything; everything is crisp and sharp. So who knows. For now I’ve pushed the monitor back (so there’s at least 24 inches between it and me) and also turned down the brightness. We’ll see if it helps!
So I’ve been doing this newfangled pet battling stuff all morning. When it all first went live in… MoP, I believe, I only played WoW for a couple of months so I didn’t get much of a chance to mess with it at all. But seeing as now I’ve had a menagerie sitting in my garrison for six months I figured it was finally time to do something about it. To that end, I’ve been slowly working up a team to hopefully take on a variety of challengers.
This Sunday SUNDAY, we have NUTS the Squirrel, CURATOR the… uh, robot custodian, and the oh so rare SPIRIT OF COMPETITION… in a FIGHT YOU WON’T BELIEVE VERSUS…
…a cult leader, apparently?
And also a guy in (old) Shadowmoon Valley who I have no argument with.
Anyways, it’s pretty fun. And pretty frustrating because after a while it starts to get difficult. It’s like Pokemon with type strengths and weaknesses and everything and having three max level pets when you should really have, like… at least one of each type is, um, tough, to say the least.
BUT HEY, at least someday, eventually, I’ll be able to beat the guys in my garrison! …maybe!
Anyone who has been reading my blog for any length of time probably knows that I’m kind of a big nerd who comes up with stories and backgrounds and personalities for each of her WoW characters. That’s just how I’ve always been, and in fact, I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s often one of the major things that keeps me playing a game. Perhaps even the #1 thing.
Yes, it’s true! Oftentimes long after I’ve found a certain game satisfying from a gameplay standpoint I’ll continue to return to it, again and again, because there’s something nice about seeing a character again. It’s like seeing an old friend. Like going back to a book that you’re emotionally invested in. Without that connection to a character, I’m usually not inspired to play said character – or game – very often.
I frequently hear people talk about how they’re in WoW because of their friends. I’m in WoW because of my friends, too. My friends are polygons, though. And I love ’em.
Did you know that in just a couple of months this blog will be eight years old? Yup. I have been blogging about this dumb game almost as long as I have been playing this dumb game. And the entire time, I have been maining a hunter. Sometimes I play another class as an alt or something (like that druid I raided with in WotLK) but that’s just, you know, an alt. Not a main.
When I started playing World of Warcraft all those years ago I rolled a hunter because why not; and now here I am nearly a decade later still playing a hunter.
Sometimes I think it’s my lot in this Warcraft life; to play a hunter forever. Which I am fine with, of course. But then I remember that I also once thought I would never switch mains and yet here I am playing a completely different character. (Same class, of course, but.)
So things can change. My life in Azeroth can change. I can’t guarantee I’m going to play a hunter forever because hey, if I changed mains then I can change classes too.
I’ve been playing a rotation of alts lately, largely depending on who has rested experience that day. Specifically, I’m playing a paladin, a mage, and a feral druid.
And, truth be told, it’s really not too many alts. In fact, I think it’s just about… the right amount of alts. Not too many, but enough for some variety. (Well, I mean, unless you start throwing in my level 91 hunter and my level 87 hunter and my level 41 hunter, BUT ANYWAY)
The game is really fun lately. I’m so happy. I love this stupid gorram game and I love all my stupid gorram characters because I usually give them all huge expansive backstories. Because I am a nerd. Anyways, I’m assuming that not playing the game for many long years has given me a fresh new outlook on it and I’m just finding it to be a blast.
Well! Off to play an alt! I’m not sure which one yet.