I often think about how much content I’ve been missing out on since I left World of Warcraft in May of this year. It had been such a long haul of three years on and off the game. I would play tenaciously over several months, leave for a month or two, then come back. Then, I got to a point where much of it started to feel more like work rather than a game. Inevitably, life itself also got busier. It was time to move on. I might reactivate my subscription… someday.
Some words to describe the in-game experience of WoW: exciting, intimidating, frustrating, aggravating, arduous, crazy, and of course fun.
There are a lot of things I enjoyed in the game: the mix of excitement and fear when entering a new dungeon or raid instance; the adrenalin rush of a complex boss fight or PvP clash; the thrill of victory at a raid event; plus the loot and rewards that make one’s character all the more powerful.
Most of all, I miss the camaraderie with the guild members and all the other players I used to hang out with all the time. Rather than watching movies (not that we don’t watch movies), we acted out our fantasies, our novels, our stories, in a virtual yet highly immersive world. It’s quite an addictive medium for escapism. We’re not quite as nerdy as role players who don costumes and fake weapons (okay, some gamers do that, too), but we come pretty close.
Here’s the first video I put together for the guild Relics of Time. The objective was to produce reference material for raiding tactics, but it turned into a music video anyway. I couldn’t help it 😀
Oh, and iMovie is a great piece of software!
Yes, yes, I realize the significance of the song’s lyrics. It fits the theme of combat in a virtual reality, as well as the fact that I made this and other videos after I announced my departure to the guild.
And yes, I will be using “Uninstall” as a featured song and posting a review of “Bokurano” sometime in the near future.
Anyways. Here’s another movie that has better clarity and makes use of one of iMovie’s themes.
If you’d like to find out more about World of WarCraft, check out www.worldofwarcraft.com to see what all the fuss is about.
Here are armory links to two of my main characters in their last saved sate. Unfortunately, the talent point allocations on the Hunter, and thus its stats, are incorrect. It might be because I cancelled my account soon after the dual specialization patch and the point reset.