In answering a question for The Queue today I realized something; my main is dead, your main is dead, all of our mains are dead. The character that we played the most and distinguished from our alts is no longer a thing. Death Wing didn't kill them, nor did any of Ragnaros' appearances. What killed the main was WoW itself, and its death has been slow and painful.
Along with the death of our mains has come the death of identity in WoW; or at least the severe dilution of that identity. When we lack a single point of reference for Self, we no longer have a tie to reality in which all actions and speech are connected to. This presents a problem at multiple levels, and it's interesting to explore why we got here, what here actually means, and what, if any, solutions there are.
Now if that wasn't vague enough, I don't know what is. Let's dive into things a bit.
How and Why We Lost the Concept of a Main
My main character used to be the one that I play most. I'd stick with it through the thick of things, when I didn't want to run raids anymore, when I didn't want to PvP anymore, when I didn't want to farm mats anymore. I did it on my main and I never deviated. During this time my identity online was connected to this one character (Osullivan, on the realm Eldre'thalas, US). There were things that happened with me where my reputation preceded me, good and bad. My main was who I was.
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