After weeks and weeks of Game of Thrones episode reviews, finally I get to write about something nerdy that is not GoT. Not that I need any more reasons to be called a nerd, but yes, I play World of Warcraft. I’ve done so for almost ten years now. I’m not going to talk about me playing WoW all the time, maybe just this time, so I’m going to do it very thoroughly. And I’m going to put cinematic trailers of the original game, and all of its expansions, just because they are some of the most beautiful game trailers ever made.
I haven’t played the old Warcraft games. When I was in college, my boyfriend then played WoW and he introduced me to it. At first I was reluctant to even try, cos the concept wasn’t my cup of tea. For me, gaming is me-time, when I just want to be anti-social and have some fun on my own. So the whole concept of me having to interact with strangers online while I’m having my me-time sounded very unappealing. And in the year 2006, WoW was already the biggest MMORPG out there, which is short for massively multiplayer online role-playing game. I watched my then boyfriend showing me the world and telling me that I don’t have to actually be social if I don’t want to be. And I have to admit, the game looked freaking amazing. It was so stunningly beautiful and it was my first touch with the sort of gaming world which was basically limitless. You didn’t have to follow a certain route. You could explore on your own and at your own pace.
So in the end of the year 2016, I created my first character. The first thing you need to choose was your fraction, which was either Alliance or Horde. As you could probably guess from the names, Alliance was the so-called good guys, and was originally consists of the races humans, night elves, gnomes and dwarves. Horde, the big bads, was made of orcs, trolls, undeads and taurens (which are basically big cows). 😀 Because I am a girl and my then boyfriend was a little sexist, he thought all girls wanted to play pretty characters. So he chose night elves for me. Yes, as a true Horde through and through, I’m ashamed to say that my first character was a freaking night elf. Don’t get me wrong, they are very pretty indeed, but just a few weeks of game play on the side of the Alliance, I already knew I didn’t belong there. Quickly I switched side, and made my first Horde character, an undead. And then I had to have a giant cow too, so I created a female tauren warrior which must be the rarest thing cos I can’t recall ever encountering another female tauren warrior. Warrior became my favorite class, I lacked the patient to have strategies and shoot magic or arrows from afar. I just like to wield a giant sword or hammer and run straight into battles. I leveled my moo-moo to top level, she was phenomenal. Not long after that I broke up with my then boyfriend. And naturally, the WoW account was his, so I was forced to say goodbye to my fierce warrior cow. For months after, I would still go to WoW Armory online where you can see all the in game characters and I would just check on my cow. I sincerely missed my warrior more than my ex boyfriend. 😀
So then came my second stage with WoW. The first expansion ‘Burning Crusade’ came along and is still the best expansion there ever was. Introducing two new races, the purple alien like draeneis for the Allies, and then finally the pretty race, the blood elves for the Horde. I was as excited as anyone for the green-eyed elves that looked pretty bad ass. At that stage, I was still testing different classes and trying out different aspects of the game. I joined my first guild back then, it was called ‘Burning Pigeons’ and it was a fun group of people. It was my crazy compative days during which I did a lot of battlegrounds (Horde vs Alliance battles) and duels (player vs player). It was fun, but it’s something I can’t imagine doing anymore cos my reflexes are getting too slow to have any chance to actual win battlegrounds and duels, at least not without sweat like I used to. But the fun was kinda short lived, cos the channel I was playing in was losing population, which meant there aren’t much people to play with and it’s dying out. So I moved and started from scratch.
Upon starting over at a new channel, I found a new guild. For the life of me I couldn’t remember the name but it was a big guild with more than hundred active members. It’s this group of people that I still miss the most. I still remember how I joined. I was eyeing large guilds back then and happen to see a member of one of the biggest guild at Undercity (the main city of the undead). Literally beside the city bank I boldly asked that member if I could join. She was a high level druid named after Gaia, and she happened to be the guild leader. We all called her G. One of the reason why I love that guild was because it had older players well over twenty. G was a middle aged stay home mom. 😀 Just like her name suggested, she was this mother figure who all of us respected for real and she was one hell of a player too. Back then I named all of my characters Eden-something, cos you know, my own name starts with an E too. So everyone called me Ed in the guild. It was weirdly comforting to go online and people would greet me ‘hey Ed’. 😀 It wasn’t without drama though. Like a couple that played together in the same guild and the girl got crazy mad when her boyfriend saved me and not her in the battle. XD Ah, good old times. The time when I was Ed, it was my most social period in the game. But then G decided to quit playing, and the guild wasn’t the same without her. And it was one of the reason why I took a long break too not playing.
It must be around the time of the third expansion of the game, Cataclysm, that I began playing again. But WoW was not the same like it used to be. It was getting more and more easy, to accommodate new players or maybe younger players. The people aren’t the same anymore either. Or I just became cynical. After being Ed, I haven’t really found another guild that feel like home. I played briefly with my old high school friend’s guild, and even did raids (huge 10-25 people group battles). I also did a lot of achievements back then, just stupid objectives that basically has nothing to do with the main game play itself. Like I did one achievement when I explored the whole world. It might sound easy, but the world is huge, consisting of several continents. And that also included running into hostile territories with very high level guards who just want to kill you. That was fun enough. But my heart wasn’t in it anymore, so when the guild wanted to migrate to another channel, I decided to take another break from the game. Then came the most annoying expansion, I mean if you happen to be Chinese. 😀 Otherwise, it might be pretty fun. Cos pandas. XD
Okay, fine, the trailer looks pretty fucking awesome. And Pandaria is a fun idea. Alas a little racist from time to time. It bought us a new mighty race of the pandas and the new class ‘monk’. The panda island is stunning though and I enjoyed playing these big bears still, that background music just gets on my nerve from time to time. I guess, along with the pandas began my fourth stage of playing this game, and it was completely alone. I didn’t look for a guild, I was determined to solo it. I didn’t do group tasks, or battlegrounds or raids. I hardly even talked to other people either maybe ‘thanks for asking to join your guild but no thanks’. And a newbie asked for instructions once, and that made me feel old.
Shortly after the fifth expansion, ‘Warlords of Draenor’, came out I broke up with my ex and moved to my own place. And then my computer broke. So before I got the chance to actually see it for myself that Draenor was actually the worst expansion yet, I took a year long break from the whole game. But after seeing the movie Warcraft, I wanted to play again. So here I am now, still doing it solo, feeling super old for starting from scratch again, cos the channeled I played at died (again). I don’t know why I chose a high population channel, but there I was, far better player than most kids these days, but far more antisocial and far more polite too. I don’t think I would ever find a group of people and become a new Ed, those days are gone. But like some other OGs, I guess I’m still have the energy in me to get cautiously excited about the next expansion, WoW’s sixth, simply called ‘Legion’. I hope it won’t suck. 🙂