I recently had some minor surgery involving my tear duct, and I was left with a fair amount of time to spend sitting up, almost five days in fact. (I’ll spare you the gross details.)
So what did I do with all that time, while I was heavily medicated? I played World of Warcraft! Now I’ve been playing WoW for a couple of years, but I usually play one evening a week with my friends. If you are not familiar with World of Warcraft or the concept of the MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), you basically create a character in an online game world where you interact with monsters and other characters, many of which are controlled by other players like yourself.
World of Warcraft is the eight-hundred pound gorilla of the MMORPGs. I would talk about why it’s the most popular, but I haven’t played any of the other, so I’m not qualified to make a comparison. I think it’s a great game, and obviously about eight million other folks around the planet think so as well. WoW is dangerously addictive, but as long as you keep things in perspective, it’s a lot of fun.
I had been tiring of WoW over the last few months, and I went a couple of months without playing this summer. I just got busy doing other things. A day or so after my surgery I started playing WOW like it was a new game. I had previously only played characters on the side of the Alliance, but this time a created a Blood Elf Mage on the Horde side.
I had a blast doing all the Horde quests. I was able to try new professions, and visit new areas of the game world. It was all new, but at the same time familiar. My previous experience with the game interface allowed me to move through levels quickly and easily.
It was a nice way to relax for a few days. I couldn’t sleep and my head was pounding with pain, but I had this great game to keep me occupied and entertained. Instead of focusing on the fact that someone had been drilling holes in my skull, I was able to focus on saving the Ghostlands from the dreaded trolls of Zeb’Tela, which is much more interesting and fun.
Things are getting back to normal around here, and I imagine my wizard friend here will not be getting a lot of action for a while, but it was really a great way to escape and relax for a while. You might give World of Warcraft a try sometime. They have a free trial offer available, so you have nothing to lose. If you find you like it, look for this guy on the Greymane server, and give me a wave.