Its kind of hard to imagine that I have been playing World of Warcraft for almost 10 years now. As the game nears its 10 year anniversary this upcoming November many websites and blogs that center themselves on the game are creating special projects marking the event. One of those projects is the 10 Years, 10 Questions project being put together over at ALT:ernative. This is my contribution to that project.
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
I started playing Warcraft a few weeks after the initial launch, If I remember correctly it was supposed to be a Christmas present but I knew what it was and did not want to wait for Christmas to start playing. I wanted to play because I felt that this was the game I was finally going to be able to dip my toe into the MMO world with. It was too late to play Everquest and I was a huge Fan of the Warcraft Franchise.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
The First character I rolled was a Orc Warrior named Blaktung. I played him for a couple hours then rolled a Tauren Hunter named Symentol who I got hooked on almost immediately. Had I known about racial characteristics at the time he would have likely been a Orc. Blaktung is still around. I leveled him up to level 90 to take advantage of his professions. I might take the time to learn to Tank with him in Warlords. The Hunter is still my main after all this time and will continue to be so.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
There was no choice for me. I will take the dark side nearly every time. Regardless of there being no real good or bad faction I feel I personally relate more to the carnal and animalistic side of things. Hence my affinity for the Horde. I also find the Orcs and Horde lore fascinating.
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
Most memorable event for me has to be the first time we downed Ragnaros in the Molten Core back in Classic WoW. There was something special about the work involved and the epic feel of the 40 man raids back in the day. It was the crowning achievement for what was an amazing guild back then. It was also about the same time the same guild started to slowly fall apart. But that is another story.
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
I am a social guy, I like to chat a lot in vent. I like to play with people who have similar personalities as my own. I have made a lot of good friends in this game. So the best part is definitely the social aspect of it. It is a massive ‘multi’ player game after all. No one should be playing it as a solo.
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
Orgrimmar will always be home for my Mains and Alts.
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
Ive been playing since December of 2004. I’ve taken a total of maybe 10 months off. That mostly was near the end of the Burning Crusade expansion cycle due to a really bad case of burn out and irritation after I decided to leave the guild I had been with for nearly the entire game up to that point. The rest I took off during the last few months of Cataclysm after I decided to not worry about raiding after I had level capped all my alts. There was just something about that expansion I did not enjoy.
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
No, not really. Unless it something interesting. The Black Prince Epic Cloak quests for example.
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
I went through a time where I chose to lose myself in the game for about a year long period. I was depressed and had been laid off after 14 years on the job. I ignored a lot of the real world during that time and it was very hard on my wife. So yes, I regret letting my obsessive nature getting the best of me during that period of my life.
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
That is a hard question to answer. The game has had both positive and negative effects on my life. But I wont go to into them in depth. I will simply say that the game has taught me about the importance of moderation and in the long run has helped me to realize how important things like family and friends can be, even friends who are disembodied voices you only ever here in Ventrillo. Those voices can turn out to be the best friends a person can have. Also, $15 a month is cheap entertainment. Dont sweat the /played time. What else would you have been doing? watching TV or hanging out at the Bar? Gaming is a fantastic way to spend your time, just don’t let it control you. Your the master, not the game. That is the main lesson I have learned over the last 10 years.
Well that’s it, I hope Alt:ernative can use it. And I hope you enjoyed the read. I had a good time doing it.