quiting WoW

We did these screenshots whenever we downed a new boss and posted it on the front page of our guild website. It was kind of a way to flaunt our progress. This particular encounter took us 2 weeks to fine tune our strategy in order to kill it. Very fun. It brings back a wave of memories.

When World of Warcraft becamee a priority in my life I knew I had a problem. Or you should’ve known. It’s easy to see in hindsight. For most of high school the game consumed my life. I would come home from school and log in to be greeted by over forty other like-minded individuals. I was proud to be a member of the best guild on my server. I guess the term “best” is subjective, but in terms of content cleared we were number one most of the time.

We downed some of the toughest encounters in the game. Everything from gigantic dragons to ancient gods. I would sit in the main hub and people around me would stare in awe at the gear I was wearing. Being the best was all that mattered and my real life took the backseat to the game.

When I moved away to college I was forced to quit. The dorm internet was unreliable with very long ping times.When you’re an integral member of a 25 member team you need to be reliable and fast.

So I quit.

It wasn’t worth it to play lightly because that elite status was unattainable. It was all or nothing. Looking back I truly regret giving my high school years to the game. But I did have lots of fun with the friends I made in our guild. I feel like it was my education in gaming because I encountered almost every kind of gaming interaction imaginable. I saw people fall in love and marry each other in the game. I saw people’s marriages crumble, boyfriends lose their girlfriends, girlfriends get addicted and lose their boyfriends, friends drift apart, and every other kind of relationship all with the background of orcs and elves.

I attended three different Blizzard conventions (Blizzcon) and met up with some of my guildies, many of whom I still keep in touch with today over two years later. Once in a while I think it might be a good idea to go back but I never get further than a 10 day free trial. It takes up too much time. And there’s that pesky I want to get back to being the best. If I can’t commit the time it requires I would rather not commit any time at all.

Besides there are other games that need to be played. Games that don’t drain your soul the same way WoW does. The only MMO I could see myself getting into would be Star Wars: The Old Republic. It looks as fun as WoW looked at launch. I just don’t see myself getting as far into it as I did with WoW. I have too much on my plate.

Thanks WoW. Game over.

written by: Jordan Crair

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