I can't play WoW right now.
It's not that I don't want to, it's that I cannot, as in, physically I don't have the means to run the game. My computer, which is designed expressly around the ability to play games and work as a word processor/editor, is currently nonfunctional due to a parts failure. So I'm borrowing a computer, and while doing so, I find myself desperately jonesing for some World of Warcraft - I'd even take some Timeless Isle right about now. At a time when other players are complaining about being bored or arguing that they've done all they can do, I'm sitting here desperately wanting to do those things, but being unable to do them.
Neither Blizzard nor World of Warcraft are perfect. There's plenty I find annoying about the game at times - for starters, I still hate the PvP gearing mechanic and I'll never stop hating it, and I'm never going to be a fan of doing daily quests to earn the rep I need to get another group to let me do their daily quests, either. But right about now, I'd eagerly do the original Golden Lotus grind. If you'd told me a week ago that I would be sitting here today missing Siege of Orgrimmar I'd have thought you were suffering from some exotic brain parasites, and yet, I got sad last night knowing that my guild was fighting heroic Thok and I couldn't be there.
It's not exactly rose colored glasses. I'm not suddenly blind to flaws in the game, mind you - arms warriors are still too common in PvP (we went up with level 90 boost, indicating that people are boosting warriors to 90 purely to PvP on them) and probably do need to be nerfed there (as sad as that makes me) for example. But I miss those flaws. I miss dungeon runs where one or two geared DPS just annihilate everything and there's no tanking or healing beyond a few small heals thrown out. I miss ridiculous scenarios where I just kill everything while that one guy runs into a wall, or rides about looking aimlessly for a keg to jump on. I miss Alterac Valley with the giant turtles (figurative turtles, although I do see a few big turtles in there from time to time, one hunter kept insisting his pet could tank Drek'thar) and I miss going prot and carrying a flag in WSG. I even miss heroic Dark Shaman, even though it is the fight I hate the most.
It's been a rough week for me in general, and one of the reasons that it makes me miss WoW the more is that I often take an hour to play WoW to decompress when stuff gets tense otherwise. Now, I have the tension without the release. Sure, I'm doing more pushups than I usually do, and I'm sure that's good and healthy that I'm getting exercise (if you like that kind of thing) but I desperately miss murdering orcs in a mine over carts. It's the little things, like hearing a goblin death animation, that you start to miss after a week or so. Every time I watch TV, I'm listening to the shows because some of them use the same sounds as WoW does (I hear a lot of WoW pet sounds on TV, it's surreal) and knowing I'm going to miss my weekly Maloriak kill has me bummed out.
So think of me the next time you're saying "Man, X boss didn't drop Y item" and remember, at least you got to kill them.
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