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7-02-2011 @ 8:19AM
A group of complete strangers got me into the game. I believe WoW was entering the Burning Crusade some time in Junior High, and it was around that time before BC came out that I was sitting in the math classroom one day, and a small group of three to four next to me were conversing about World of Warcraft. I myself had played maybe one or two small-time online games in the past, but no MMOs. That said, I had heard about Warcraft in the classroom on occasion to know most of what they were talking about. That said, I never really knew anyone in any of my classes--I was a lonely kid in school, when I think about it, and to this day I have no idea how they drew me into the conversation. I guess they assumed I was the gamer type, but whatever it was, they assumed I naturally was into Warcraft and thought I'd click into the conversation, perhaps.I remember one of them turned to me and asked, "well, what do you play as?""Excuse me?""Your class? Race?"I had heard a conversation a few days ago about some kind of nature spell-caster, and I thought that sounded pretty unique so I replied, "feral druid". I also remembered they were Alliance so I added, "night elf".They inquired further, "DPS?"Didn't know what that meant. I half-said half-asked, "no?""Tank, then?""... Yeah."They never talked to me again. I guess Bears weren't too popular back in late Vanilla. Yet, despite any follow-up questions or later conversations with those people, I decided I'd see what all the fuss was about and researched it. I came across a couple Machinima--in particular Illegal Danish and The Grind. And so, with nothing better to do, I then took my first, intimidated steps into the World of Warcraft. But regardless of the intimidation the game gave me, I felt that my pride as a nerd/gamer would be dashed if I didn't stick with it for at least the first month I payed for.I find it odd that here, six years later, I owe the best friendships I've ever had to people who I will probably never see again.
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