Returning to Azeroth

I did not care too much about MoP, until I started watching streams. Hell, I haven’t even played the beta, but that has more to do with the fact that the beta client has been nothing but trouble for me.

Now, I want to level my priest and raid again. I even gave thought to joining a raiding guild, but decided that now is not the right time. This is going to be the first time since I leveled my very first character in 2006 that I will actually be taking my time. I will be taking all of MoP in and force myself to not rush. Once I reach cap and slowly grind out the dungeons, I will raid at my own pace using the Raid Finder utility.

I remember leveling my first character, a Night Elf Druid. I would spend hours just messing around in Stormwind with guildies and talking to people. My guild was very casual and did a lot of those cheesy guild events like naked races and contests to win some minor amount of gold. It was fun, though. And while my main is in a guild by her-my old raiding guild that has fallen apart (because I’ve grown to dislike the casual guilds for some reason), I can still have fun exploring and meeting people along the way.

I’m looking forward to the game again. Much less than any expansion prior, but it will still be fun.

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As an aside, I have a tiny bucket list of what I would like to do before the expansion releases:

  • Raid Firelands normal (the only raid I haven’t done in the entire game)
  • Level cap my rogue
  • Farm more rare mounts (edited to add this on 8/3/12)
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Escaping Reality vs. Living Reality

For the longest time I struggled with this fight. During most of my time while playing WoW I never wanted to live my life. I wanted to solely live my game life saving the world one daily quest at a time. Once the game started to bore me, I was forcing myself to live in my false world, but the real world was breaking through. I was beginning to regain a social life and I was starting to think about my real future.

I was scared.

Six years of playing that damn MMO had completely consumed me. I had forgotten what people actually do in their free time. I was frantic trying to relearn all of it. Instead of searching for cat videos on YouTube, I started to play other games, read, and go out with friends more often. It may sound like nothing, but it was damn hard at first. Playing WoW was all I had known for so many years.

That’s not to say I did not see any of my friends during those six years; I certainly did, but that was once a week or maybe even every other week. Hell, my now husband and I never sat at the dinner table and our conversations were rarely about anything other than WoW.

Now, I can say that I am comfortable living in the real world. After too many socially awkward moments, which I still have, I can safely say that I have my friends back 100 percent.

Looking back, I missed out on a lot. I could be a lot more now if I didn’t allow it to consume me.

Don’t let this happen to you. Take all games in moderation.

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The Gaming Lull

Every so often, it strikes. Without warning, without cause, it strikes. The gaming lull. I just do not want to touch any of the games I own. I am bored of Diablo, WoW has effectively lost its almost a year ago, I do not want to pick up any of my console games, I am lost.

What should I do about this?

My first thought was to “get a life,” but I have one. I have a very active social life, in fact.

I see this lull as almost a plateau. What must I do to overcome the plateau? I am thinking I need more excitement in my gaming life. A new genre I have never tried, maybe. Or perhaps a new MMO.

I recently rejoined the crew at Vivid Gamer. That should definitely give me some inspiration and expose me to new, interesting games. I have a passion for gaming, especially computer gaming. I hate to be in this kind of funk.

Give me some suggestions. What is a game that you are playing right now that you are having a lot of fun with? Anything on the Steam Summer Sale worth checking out?

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