Z and Cinder’s shared blog challenge: How has World of Warcraft changed/impacted your life?

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Each Friday  we post a new topic that’s open for a week for everyone to write about. You can read Cinder’s post here and you can read all the submissions on our shared blog website here.

Today’s topic from Cinder is inspired by WoW’s 12th Anniversary; How has World of Warcraft changed/impacted your life? The short answer is immensely, but I’m not good at short answers, so you know there’s a much longer answer below.

When  Z logged into WoW the other day, she  got her 12th Anniversary Feat of Strength. Looking back through my FOS’s for this particular event, I’ve been online for each one for the past 6 years.  You can’t be immersed in something for 6 years without it having a major impact on you and WoW certainly has done that to me, in a mixed bag of positive and negative ways. I’m going to look at the ways through Cinder’s prompts for the topic; have you made amazing friends in game? Has it made you more/less understanding of people? Have you found love in game? Have you learned some new skills because of WoW? And the answers are yes, yes, yes and possibly not though I’m still working at mastering shapeshifting.

I certainly have made some amazing friends in the game, many of whom have transcended the barrier from online friend into real life friends. Cinder, obviously is a case in point. You haven’t been reading my blog closely enough if you haven’t picked up that.  And then there’s S (we’ll call her that for short).   She is the wife of a guildie that I met many years ago, back as alliance on Aman’thul and over time  has become one of my closest confidents as well as unofficial life coach and we talk pretty much on a daily basis. It always give me pause when I think that if I hadn’t met Merlin through WoW, I wouldn’t have met S and I can’t imagine what what my life would be like now. With the ridiculous size of this country and living a day’s drive apart, we’ve only met a few times in person but hopefully if I buckle down and keep saving, and we’re very lucky, come April, we’ll all snag some blizzcon tickets and we’ll go together, along with Merlin and Syl, another friend I met back in the same guild.

WoW’s dug it’s little fingers into my lovelife too. I’m so head over heals in love with this game, that I couldn’t imagine dating someone that doesn’t play WoW and understand my online world. I met my boyfriend though WoW and it’s great having a partner that loves WoW as much as I do because they actually can understand my love for this game and I think it helps understand me better too. Though we both adore the game, he’s  a much bigger lore buff than I am, so sometimes I think he just shakes his head at me, wondering how I can be so oblivious of the deeper aspects of WoW when I claim to love this game so much :).

WoW got me into blogging because I originally just wanted somewhere to share what I got up to. I started reading Navi‘s blog years ago and loved the idea that blogging would mean having my own little journal of WoW and now it’s another thing that I think I would miss if it wasn’t part of my life. A  pretty cool side effect of sticking my clumsy words out in the public eye is I’ve met a ton of other people who really like this game.  My social world is bigger because of WoW.

Has wow made me more understanding of people? I don’t know if understanding is the operative word but it has opened up the world for me and it lets me meet people that I would never have through any other way, which also lets me see different viewpoints and perspectives and sometimes makes me think about my world in a whole new way.

I mentioned the negative impact of WoW, and unfortunately it has had that at times over the past 6 years. Sometimes I have a love and hate relationship with this game and I have wished that I hadn’t found it at times.  I’ve brushed over it here and there before, but I really quickly spiralled into a pretty serious wow addiction, which affected my life offline. When you prefer to spend your time in an online world which is so fleeting and intangible there are always going to be consequences back in the physical world. I like to think I’ve found a bit more of a balance nowadays, but I’ll still really cognizant of the fact that I still probably would and could lose myself in Azeroth if I let myself.  But that’s only one part of the way WoW has impacted my life and I think the positives outweigh negative and  you can’t have light without shadow.

Happy 12th Birthday World of Warcraft, may there be many more to come!