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Jul 2nd 2011 1:33PM My son had played WoW since right after vanilla beta. We have a severely disabled daughter, now 8 years old. During long nights in the hospital starting when she was just a year old (has it really been that long? I didn't actually start playing until after about a year of her hospitalizations), I was too sleepy to read, but I needed something to do while I waited for my daughter to need suctioning, repositioning, etc. I got a trial account and rolled a dwarf hunter, but I kept getting killed while I left him sitting when I went to take care of my daughter. So I rolled a night elf druid that could stealth when I needed to suddenly stop to go deal with her needs.
I made it all the way to 70, then 80, then 85, playing other toons along the way for variety, but hardly ever grouping or running instances since I could never been dependable, never knowing when I would have to stop and leave other people hanging.
We are fortunate enough to have 24-hour nursing now, and I have finally caught up on my sleep. I occasionally run instances, but I struggle with it because I don't know what I'm doing. Level 85, running dungeons like a noob--but I wouldn't have done it any other way. WoW helped get me through some difficult times, and if it means that impatient idiots boot me because I'm not uber enough, then so be it.
Jul 2nd 2011 12:58PM I'm with Moonfaxx on this one. When I'm in something like Second Life, the avatar represents me. But when I'm playing WoW or any number of other games, that thing on the screen isn't my avatar--it's more like my puppet. I'd rather look at a girl for hours and hours and hours, especially since I'm seeing the back 99% of the time.