So, I’ve been thinking about World of Warcraft obsessively lately. Several people,who shall remain nameless but no doubt know who they are, play the game still and I’m really hanging out to play. I have been for awhile now, but WoW seems to have come back into my mind and I’m wondering – can I play it again?
In my 8 years or so of playing MMORPG’s, this is the longest break I have had. I played Ever Quest for three years, I switched to World of Warcraft just after it came out, then went back to EQ briefly, then quit gaming because I had slow net and it was frustrating. Then I met Hubby and we tried Guild Wars for awhile, we maxed our characters out and there was simply not enough content for me so I convinced him that we should play WoW.
Which we did, quite happily for awhile. Though we got tired of it eventually and when Lord of the Rings online came out, we put our WoW accounts on hold and played that for four months, at which point we went back to WoW. People always seem to go back to it, without fail, no matter how many games come out, people always seem to go back to WoW.
Anyways, just over a year ago I was getting sick of the game. We phased out of raiding and then quit altogether – I knew there was no way I’d be able to sustain the game with a newborn and I was certainly right, though that didn’t stop us from using the 10 day trial for Lich King eventually.
It wasn’t the same though. Everyone I knew was higher than me, I was behind the times, the game had moved on without me and I felt like a stranger in a foreign land.
I KNOW that this is how it would be if I went back now. I logged in maybe three times over that 10 day period and it didn’t have the same hold over me that it used to. Which was nice, really nice. Though it doesn’t mean that I don’t still think about it, that I don’t miss what I had. That said, it’s been four years or more since I played EQ and I can still vividly remember parts of that as well.
So what’s a girl to do?
With November and NaNoWriMo approaching, I’m not going to buy into any games. It would be a terrible idea, though I think I’m badly in need of some kind of ‘play’ thing, something that isn’t kids and housework and husband and pets and meeting everyone elses needs. Something that isn’t writing even, so that when I’ve been critiquing and working on everyone elses stuff I can take a break, escape for a little bit.
Last night I logged onto MSN to make my old Guild Leader tell me that the game isn’t worth playing…. he’d love to see me back though. Something he did suggest was that I try out Dungeons and Dragons Online as it’s free to play and might fill the void for awhile.
So that’s what I’m going to do. It’s downloading now, I’m looking forward to escaping this world for a little bit, and if it doesn’t pan out then I haven’t lost anything in the process. After November I’ll reassess and see where I’m at in regards to gaming. I know at some point that I am going to want one, it’s just a matter of which one I end up at. I may buy Lich King and play it for a month to see if I can get back into WoW, but maybe there will be something else that catches my eye 😉
When it comes down to it, I’m a gamer, I love my MMORPG’s. I have been more than happy to have a big break from gaming, but I’m feeling the itch something wicked. Let’s hope DDO can scratch it for now!