I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for two years now, with over a hundred days of playtime spent on my primary character alone. The amount of time and effort I’ve put into the game is, to my thinking, epic. I enjoyed the challenges, and I think I eventually got pretty decent at the game.
Part of the whole massively multiplayer thing is dealing with, well, other players. I had a pretty good guild, but I got frustrated with people that didn’t want to put as much time and effort into their characters and into improving their skills. For a long while I was irate towards people like this, and was generally an asshole. In short, I treated the thing like another job, and expected people to do their work too. And, that’s not fair, because people play the game to be an escape and to have fun, not to have another job. This all came to a point in a lovely episode where I told somebody they had no business playing the game, because they completely sucked at it.
I stand by this, but it still wasn’t a nice thing to do.
It’s probably good I wasn’t on an appropriate time zone server, or I’d probably have long since gotten sucked into the temptation of raiding with a hardcore guild and started really destroying my life.
So, I decided to quit my guild, a little bit because we weren’t really making any progress and few seemed to really care, but a lot because I was behaving unkindly towards the other members, and they didn’t deserve it.
And, then, I noticed I really didn’t miss the game. Sure, when I felt lonely and wanted to die at night, I couldn’t log in and raid, but it wasn’t like the game was really making those feelings any better, as much as just displacing them.
Or who knows, maybe I’m completely out of my mind. Point is, I don’t regret the time I’ve put into this relatively meaningless endeavor, but I think it’s time to get back into the swing of doing something slightly more interesting with my time. Even if that means sometimes I play Forza instead of Warcraft, there will also be nights I read or work on improving my programming skills. Or cooking. Or dating. Or just getting out of the house and not becoming one with my desk chair until 2AM. Whatever happens, it should be an improvement.
So, I figured out today that my three-month recurring subscription expires tomorrow, and decided to cancel it, and there we have it. I’m half-tempted to sell my warlock on eBay, I figure he’s gotta be worth a decent chunk of change. On the other hand, would sort of just like to lock him away (please ignore that, it wasn’t intentional), as a reminder. I don’t really think I’m going to resubscribe when WotLK comes out; it’s just going to be more of the same all over again, after all.
Also, I’ll probably relapse. But maybe I’ll be one of the lucky ones.