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Pics or it didn't happen! *grin*

There are really three parts to this blog post:

The first part is, I want to say thank you to all of you who commented on my last post about taking my time through Outlands. Thank you for the tips and support, and I think I’m going to be telling any over-eager friends that I will let them know when/if I need their help, and that I don’t exactly need it right away.

Secondly, Kestrel posted over at his blog that when it comes to girls on the internet… “Pics or it didn’t happen!” 😉 So off I went in search of a picture…

It’s nothing exactly stellar… and yes I know I look a lot younger than I really am (I am in my mid-twenties! Really! Honest!) but it’s the best I could dig up for now… and my boyfriend really likes this picture (he actually took it) so I guess it can’t be all that bad! =P And yes, that is a Firefox shirt I’m wearing. Geek pride all the way, baby!

Lastly, I wanted to expand a bit on a comment I made in another blog. Grumpy had an interesting post on his blog, called “Do you regret your choice?” It asks if you ever regret rolling a hunter because of all the flak that hunters seem to get with being “easy-mode” and “overplayed”. This was my response:

“I have to say that sometimes I feel a tad bit embarrassed to be yet another “female night elf hunter”, but on the other hand it reminds me that if I want to stand out, I have to become a really good hunter. That was one of the first things to really inspire me to start looking up hunter information online and start practicing my skills– I decided early on that I wasn’t going to be “another night elf hunter”, I was going to be “a good hunter”.

I don’t regret being a hunter because I love the class so much. But sometimes I do wonder if it’s just because it’s the first class I ever played so maybe it’s like a “first love”, so to speak. I wonder if, had I picked another class, I would have fallen in love with that one instead. I guess we’ll never know…”

And yeah, I think my comment pretty much sums up my thoughts on the matter. Is it annoying to often be lumped with “all the other millions of bad night elf hunters who need to learn to play”? Yes, it most certainly is sometimes. But to me, that’s all the more incentive to truly become a good hunter. I want to become good at my class and stand out. I know I still have a long way to go, but I think that I’m at least on the right path.

It’s true that I also have been wondering if I would love hunters so much if it wasn’t the first class I picked. I want to say I would have anyway, but we’ll probably never know. I’m glad I picked the class I did though, and yes, I’m proud to be a hunter. Most overplayed class? According to Warcraft Realms, yes. The easy-mode class? Debatable, but I’ll accept it. But nonetheless, I’m proud.

Hunter: A polarizing class?

Now I could be wrong, and I could just be seeing a very limited sample of peoples’ thoughts… but it seems to me that, perhaps more so than any other class, hunter is a class that you either “get” or you don’t. You either love it (perhaps to the point of obsession, *cough* me *cough*), or think it’s boring and wonder why anyone would want to play it.

My boyfriend has tried to play hunter a few times now to see what all the fuss I made about it was about… and he has sheepishly admitted to me that he just doesn’t get it; he can’t get into the class. He’s not the only one either, I think a lot of people just don’t “get” hunters.

It sort of makes me wonder why the class has such a polarizing effect… though when it comes down to it, I think it might be how people view the purpose of the class. At the most basic level, the style of a hunter is to have your pet hold aggro for you while you pew-pew a mob to death. I can understand why some people, particularly those coming from a melee-class background, might not find this appealing or challenging.

But I also think that those of us who really “get” hunters are able to see past the fundamental mechanics and see the potential that is there. We look at all the hunter talents– the traps, the pet, etc.– and see a bag full of magic tricks. We put ourselves into challenging situations and see if we can get out alive. I am a sucker for attempting stuff in the game that I shouldn’t be attempting: doing quests that are orange or red for me, seeing how far I can solo an instance that just a few levels ago I was still doing with a group. Other people may see the fact that I can often do well in these cases as proof that I am “overpowered” or “easy-mode”, but the way I see it is this: I am a hunter, and this is how I get my kicks. I go into places where most others wouldn’t dare go because I like seeing if I can survive with my weapon, pet, and wits and tricks alone. It’s a rush; it’s exhilarating.

People get their WoW rushes in different ways, which is why people like different classes. But I would argue that a lot of us who really enjoy playing hunters do it for, to put it simply, the “thrill of the hunt”. I don’t think everybody quite “gets” that, and I’m not saying it’s bad. I just think it’s interesting the way different people approach classes differently.

And now, after eight days of very little gaming because I’ve been away from home, I’m headed back to civilization and World of WarCraft. As dorky as this will sound, I have really missed playing my hunter and I can’t wait to spend some quality time with the class again.