I’ve been playing World of Warcraft off and on since the closed beta back in 2005. It’s never actually hooked me. I put this down to my Everquest addiction which I rambled about for Reso a while ago. It’s supposedly a ‘nostalgic piece of shit’ but I enjoyed writing it. I figure I can only have one MMO addiction a lifetime and Everquest was it. I’m all clear now.
Still though, it’s fun dropping back into World of Warcraft every now and then. I played it pretty solidly for a year but since then I’ve just had relapses rather than solidly being hooked. Life got in the way and my career plans took over. That’s not to say I don’t have some fond memories of the game.
When I first started playing, it was with my then boyfriend so it was a pretty social event too, especially as we couldn’t see each other as much as we wanted to (it was a long distance thingy). After that fell through, I stopped for a while. I went back to it when I lived in Stafford though and would happily spend my evenings playing that while watching TV and chatting to friends on MSN. Yeah I knew how to live back then.
I’ve returned happily for every expansion pack, loving every second of them. Although I won’t be queuing up at midnight for a copy of Cataclysm, I am looking forward to it a great deal.
I had a brief play with Cataclysm until annoyingly my beta access was revoked through no fault of my own. It looked like something to be excited over.
I’m particularly intrigued by the concept. Essentially destroying everything that players are used to, a world that people know like the back of their hands having travelled it over the past five years. It’s a brave move. I’ve no doubt it’ll succeed, it’s Blizzard after all. There will be the inevitable complaints that soandso class has been overpowered or underpowered but ultimately it’ll be a good move. It’ll be sad in a way to see everything be so different but I think it’ll rejuvenate things wonderfully.
You never know, I might even hit the level cap one of these days!