It was two weeks ago that my normally reliable computer died. It was only three years old and I had no plans of upgrading any time soon — my futures were heavily invested in plastic instruments and the greatness that is Rock Band.
About fifteen minutes after I realized something was really wrong, I could actually feel the beginnings of true panic creeping in. Of course I'm no stranger to the total failure of a computer (I believe I'm now on #6 since 1994), so I'm well versed in the expected feelings of regret over data potentially lost or even the sudden frustration over a complete lack of Internet access.
But this time was different. Suddenly I was cut off from a game I'd previously held in contempt. Suddenly the tables were turned and the ugly face of addiction came into focus.
My name is Mike and I'm addicted to World of Warcraft.
Of course I know there are some that completely understand. And of course I know there are some that are completely disgusted — not at the idea that I could become addicted to an MMO but that it is WoW. And six months ago, I would have understood. I had originally tried WoW back in August of 2006 but it left unimpressed. It seemed too simplistic and watered down for my refined gaming tastes. I'll admit it — I was an elitist, looking down on the poor slobs feeding at mediocrity that was Warcraft. At that point in my life I had a 6 month old child and an amazing amount of free time (all things considered) which colored my world view.
Fast forward two years and I found myself in between plastic instrument games and feeling the need to try something different. As luck would have it, Amazon was having a sale on the WoW BattleChest, and for $30 it was a tremendous deal. Furthermore, since I had been really disappointed in my last few attempts at online games, particularly Vanguard (Horrific – and you can quote me on that), I figured for $30 I couldn't go wrong.
Now I'm not the kind of guy that would type up a post to regale WoW — it's been done to death. But as someone with decidedly less free time (do the math), WoW delivers in spades. Why? It works. The quests work. The game balance works (though after yesterday's patch I guess that's up for discussion). But most of all, the experience works. Whether I want to log on for an hour or three, I can get something done and feel my token sense of accomplishment. As much as I hate to admit it, my tastes have changed to meet my new lifestyle. And it wasn't until free time became more precious that I realized what a perfect match it was.
Special recognition goes to two people. First and foremost to Brian — who was goodly enough to loan me a computer while mine was dead and then help me build a new one. I would not have been able to last two weeks without his help. I have free 30 day trial codes if you need them.
The second is to a certain devleoper at Blizzard whom I shall call Tiny O. We had some discussions back in 2006 through e-mail about WoW and he was kind enough to entertain my questions as a concerned consumer. I just wanted to say — you were right. Thanks.
Now if you'll excuse me…
Last 5 posts by Mike
- "And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not filmed." - December 30th, 2008
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- Confessions of a Closet WoW Addict - October 16th, 2008
- On the nature of accidents... - September 28th, 2008
- Cure for Pain - September 24th, 2008