How has WoW changed or impacted your life?
Like many others, WoW has had a huge impact on our personal lives.
Mr B: for me, the impact on my life was greatest when I was younger. Pre-WoW, I was on a route to self destruction, drinking so much I didn’t realise I’d knocked my teeth out, smoking my wage away, fighting and generally being an idiot. If something hadn’t have changed, I would be in jail right now.
Luckily, my brother suggested downloading this new game called World of Warcraft and after a few teething problems (I rage quit a few hours in when I couldn’t do the Void Walker quest), I found my mojo a week later and haven’t looked back since.
Finding a new group of online friends, spending hours online with them in game got me off the streets. I found new like-minded friends and stopped drinking. Then, Mrs B came along and now I had two priorities…
Mrs B: it took me three years to adopt the “if you can’t beat them, join them” attitude to the “stupid game” he spent all his time on 😉 I rolled a NElf mage initially (didn’t last), neither of us can remember when I rolled the Gnome, but I’ve always been a Mage.
From my point of view, other than finding a great hobby, the impact has been a little less profound but just as important. Other couples go to the pub, or the cinema, or dancing… We play WoW. Having something to enjoy together has helped our relationship no end, we always have something to talk about (that isn’t the children!!) that’s for sure.
As a couple, we have made – we hope – lifelong friendships with a few of our in-game friends. It frustrates us daily that we aren’t closer geographically to them too. We have met one couple, with hope to meet others soon. Life, kids, work all inevitably get in the way, but we continue to hope. These friendships have had a great impact on both our personal and gaming lives… not sure where we would be without them!
(Pic from our naked raid with our lovely pals)