10 Years: 10 Questions
Yes, I did decide to participate in this little survey after reading some of the responses from my fellow bloggers. It really has been a great ten years for me and I have to admit that it doesn’t seem like it has been that long at all. Seems like a great idea and I am finding out some things by reading the blogs about the people that I have played with and have read their works for a few years too.
Why did you start playing World of Warcraft?
I started playing World of Warcraft at the suggestion of my children – I had been playing Sims Online from the beginning of Beta until the doors were closed by EA and was at a loss as to what game I should try out next.
What was the first ever character you rolled?
Night Elf Hunter – I am actually still playing on that same hunter even after a faction change at 80. Poor fellow has been through all of the trials and tribulations with me as I learned how to play the game. Well, I think I know how to play the game anyway.
Which factors determined your faction of choice in the game?
At the time that I started playing the only elves that were available were the Night Elves. Yep, started way back then and long before all of the “achievements” were posted for the world to see.
Elves always fascinated me with the stories that I had read and I immediately fell in love with the Lore of the Night Elves.
What has been your most memorable moment in World of Warcraft and why?
My most memorable moment was the moment when I first logged in – it took me by surprise with how wonderful and how large the world seemed to be. The graphics were awesome and the actual ambiance of the game made me want to keep playing no matter what happened.
What is your favorite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
My favorite aspect of the game is that it is “on-going” and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. There is no way for you to truly “win” and end the game – you just keep logging in and seeing all of the things that are going on. It may be a time sink but it is such a lovely one.
Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
Nagrand was the first place that really stole my heart the first time that I saw it. I had been playing all day and had finally gotten enough coin to buy my flying mount and I was flying around to see where I could go. The stars, the clouds, the music of Nagrand just captured my imagination.
How long have you played and has that been continuous?
I have been playing continuously since the game first dropped and haven’t really stopped – I did take a physical break from the game year before last to give myself some time to get over the loss of a beloved pet, however, my subscription has never been stopped.
Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
Yes, I do read the quest text most of the time unless it is the tenth or twelfth time that I have gone through the area and know the quest-line very well.
Being in Beta, I am one of those people that skims through a quest and does only the basics because I don’t want to burn myself out and know everything that is going on before it goes live.
Are there any regrets from your time in game?
None at all. I am not an avid television person although I willingly admit that I missed reading books as much, however, WoW does fulfill that need sometimes.
What effects has Warcraft had on your life outside of gaming?
None at all. I have always worked with the general public in many different capacities over the years and World of Warcraft was my escape from that reality. I’ve pretty much always been management and this game allowed me to be more myself than the persona that I had to project when I was dealing with things in RL.