In which there is a time capsule
At 11:53 PM on Saturday night my laptop died.
Late Sunday Lus dragged in an old desktop of his, so at least I have a computer. (With no widescreen – this is so odd.) It’s also odd playing WoW on this computer… I can’t turn my graphics up and the framerates are pretty slow. It’s probably how WoW was when I first started playing the game, actually, and that’s a weird thought that I would have kept playing even though the “quality” of the game on the screen wasn’t good. Ah well – if you don’t know that things could be better, should you be dissatisfied with what you have?
One thing that I DID find on this computer is a few screenshots in the WoW folder. A little over two years ago something happened to my computer and I had to send it in to be fixed and in the interim I used Lus’ desktop – I also played WoW on it. There are only a few screenshots in the folder, but it was like a little bitty time capsule that was very interesting to find.
I found out that I rolled Anea sooner than I thought. I have a screenshot in the folder of my old rogue, Sin, dinging 64. But a few days earlier I have a screenshot of Anea in Ironforge at level 24. I’d had a vague idea in my head about when I rolled characters, but seeing the real timeline is interesting. When we roll characters now, we have achievement screens to document every step our character takes, any and all achievements that we get and in those achievements, we’re able to see when a character was made and came to be.
And for some other reason, I’ve been thinking about how long I’ve been playing the game. The game has been around for five years and I’ve been playing it for four. Four (4) years. That’s a long time to keep doing one thing. And I wondered… OUGHT I still be playing this game four years later? It probably also has to do with the fact that Lus quit playing. If his interests change after three years, shouldn’t mine?
Now, I know that each person and their interests are different. But four years ago I was 19 – my life is different from then. I do have different interests in other areas of my life – for example, I’ve taken up knitting and started cooking. Were you doing the same thing four years ago? Perhaps this is also because I’m at an age where I “ought” to be changing (going from teens into the 20s is when major change happens, after all.) Ought to be growing and doing better.
What about my WoW life? In four years I’ve come leaps and bounds from where I was when I started. I started out as someone who had never played any sort of game (really – none – console, card, RP or otherwise) before. I knew nothing about how things were supposed to work in the game, didn’t know how to move, didn’t use all of my spells, knew nothing about the areas and the world around me, didn’t know about talent points and I vendored all the greens that I got. I would say the high point in my WoW career was Anea – she’s the one I spent the most time playing, she’s the one I applied the knowledge I gained in her gameplay and she’s the one that helped me discover what I love doing: healing. I had great guilds on Anea, I had tough times on Anea – I got to heal Lus on Anea. Anea was time well spent.
However. Compared to Anea’s heyday, things seem to be going downhill. You can’t always stay at the top of the wheel, I know. But is my game declining? After playing with Anea didn’t occupy all my time, I started alt after alt after alt. To my regret, I’ve named this blog after alts. I always do come back to healing classes, but that’s really the only similarity to my happiest time playing that my play has now.
Has your gameplay changed in four years? Ought we still play this game after so long? Or does our evolving gameplay evolve with our lives and skills and therefore isn’t a “bad” thing?