Reasons to keep it up

July 30, 2009

Sometimes I log onto WoW and feel a bit tired at what I see. I see my character pop up in Azeroth, only to face the same old gold sell spam in Orgrimmar as usual, the dull pugs with no sense of how to even kill a dying squirell, and the same old landscapes I’ve seen so many times before. I hate those moments, they really chew large bits out of the charming glow I know WoW can have. And as the kind sould I am, I will try to prevent you from having these moments aswell. How? Well, let me just introduce you to the fab litte list i like to call

5 things that makes Azeroth worth visiting over and over and over again.

(and over and over and over again some more. And some more. And then some.)

1: The guild chat

I’m dead serious. To me, the guild chat is an infinite source of laughs, giggles, grins and smiles. It might be that my guild consists of some of the most amusing and strange people I’ve met in game, or that I’m damn easy to cheer up, but when people type /g before they speak, the outcome is usually golden. With glitterig hearts around. Really, if I would be forced to play World of Warcraft without the legendary /g talks, the game would wither up and die for me. I need the insanity, the random people and the even more random comments. Not too tight with your guild? Pop a cold beer, squeeze out a half-hearted joke, and life will treat you good in no-time.

My example of guild chat win is the following screenshot, done when a poor guildie near died at his computer, due to what seemed to be insane pains in a odd part of the body:GuildChatWin

2: The thrill of the fight

Even tho just watching the guild chat for hours can be quite thrilling alone, there’s nothing like those seconds at the end of a hard bossfight, when you can count down the percentage of his health, dangerously getting closer and closer to zero. Will the dots be strong enough? Will the tank stay alive, will he healers have enough mana, will the dpsers keep it steady enough, will the enrage timer tick down slow enough? All those questions racing through you mind while you have to bounce out of fires, void zones, angry adds, really makes my heart beat a tiny bit faster. I love a good fight, I love to feel the sweet taste of progress in a raid. I mean, it’s a game called World of Warcraft. I need the feeling of war and kills every now and then. I need the war.

3: The eye-candy

People nag on about how old the graphics in WoW are, ranting about the magic and pixealted sexyness other games offer. Well. I love the looks of Azeroth, I really do. Lately I’ve found myself sightseeing large parts of Northrend by air, every day discovering more beauty, more eye-capturing details. As I said, I need the blood and death of the war to keep this game up. And the gorgeous scenes I stumble upon from time to time make such a terrific contrast to just this. The more I stare at the shiny looks of Crystalsong Forest, the more I enjoy trying to fry off the tenacles of Yogg-Saron. The more I gaze at the details in Grizzly Hills, the more I enjoy the dark corners of Ulduar. So tired of the same old raid sights all the time? Crawl up on your mount and do some sighseeing. I’ll do you good.LorienCrystalsong

4: The bugs

Uh. Whatthehell? Yes, one of the things that makes me giggle in Azeroth, are all the bugs the game can offer. “Holy crap, I walked through a wall, fell 70 yards and ended up on the back on a Kodo with two heads and a pretty foul smell.” It’s normal, it’s normal. And that makes it even more fun.

In one of my last Ulduar runs, I suddenly found myself dead. Doesn’t sound that strange, does it? Well, I found my corpse in Obsidian Sanctum. I just giggled, ressed and ran back to my raid with a huge grin on my face. When really funky bugs happen to me, I almost feel special. “Oh my God, the bug chose me!”

5: The love

Okay, so I keep my ass in this game because my guildies rub chili pepper on strange parts of their body. I’m staying so I can bite my nails seeing the HP of Yogg-Saron crawl down towards zero, and because there’s pretty pixels to stare at in this world. But you know what? The number one reason, the one yelling at me every time I log on and look around, is the damn love. It’s the people I’ve gotten to know while playing, on both good and bad. It’s the ones I can talk nonsense with at Vent, the ones that won’t go silent when I giggle out terribly bad jokes. They’re the ones making the game shine.


So, these are my reasons to not uninstall WoW every time it looks dull. These are the ones that cause me keep it up in Azeroth, and fights me away from picking up new hobbies. Like knitting. Or collecting shoelaces. What are you reasons?


WoW is a game you play with other people. It just is. Sure, you can run around the place and pretend you’re all alone, but in the end you’ll feel the misery of being a loner while trying to knock out Yogg-Saron by yourself, or solo-capping the flags in BGs. That’s were guilds come in. A whole bunch of people running around under the same name, some close to eachother, some just wanting someone to yell “DING!!1!” to when they go up one level. In the end tho, a lot of people need and want their guilds. And I’m one of them.

After playing this game for a while now, I’ve realized I’m the faithful kind of member. From lvl 1 to 80, newbie to raider, I’ve only been in three different guilds. And those few times I’ve left my pack, I’ve never left without a bad taste in my mouth, a little guilty sting in my chest. Really, I just don’t like changing guilds, it’s not my thing. So when I have decided to type the infamous /gquit, my reasons have been legitimate. Usually, the strongest emotion I’ve felt while leaving a guild, is lonelyness. When the people you used to talk to, laugh with, play with are gone, a guild loses it charm to me. Running instances and raiding with people you don’t actually like has nothing good to it in my eyes, it kills motivation and ruins the game. Don’t know if this seems awfully girly of me, but I like having a laugh while playing.

The guild I’m currently a member of was originally the home of most of my WoW friends, and that’s really why I joined in. Time passed since that day tho, and the ones I thought I’d be playing together with for a long time left. At that moment I had to make a choice: follow my friends and have fun with them, or listen to the loyal voice inside of me, begging me to stick around. And well, I picked the last one. Like gum under a shoe or a gamer to a can of Red Bull, I’ve stayed stuck to my guildies. There has been times where I’ve wanted to curse the whole lot and gquit, there has been moments where I’ve wondered why the hell I’ve decided to stay. And then, then comes the times where I realize I still love this bunch of idiots.

After all this time, my guild have become like a virtual boyfriend. (Socially. Christ, nothing could replace my RL-boyfriend, as he’s somewhat the best person in the world, letting me rant on and on about WoW in all situations.) But, you know, that boyfriend you’ve had for ages, the one that seemed perfect in the beginning, with new things every day and a charm you adored. Then came the time when you started to look at other boys, and thought “Maybe he’s got something more fun to offer me? Maybe I should ditch this one, and go flirt around a bit?”, but just couldn’t make yourself say that it was over. Now, I’ve reached the phase when I know all the things that are wrong, but still I stay. Cause I care. It’s just the real deal, the thing I need. The time I’ve spent in my guild have taught me more things about WoW than any other time of my career in Azeroth. Not because everything’s been perfect, because I can tell you that’s not the truth. But because I’ve seen so many situations, reactions and actions that dinged my knowledge level quite a few times. I’ve met so many different people, so many attitudes I never knew were out there.

All in all, I think I just wanted to say how much I love the concept of guilds. I do. People have fucked up in this guild, gone from shining stars to trash, from garbage to celebs. Members have failed, others have blossomed. And if you stick around long enough, you get to see it all. Isn’t that alone worth it?