GeeCee was asking me yesterday how it felt to come back to WoW. I had to think about it for a moment before I simply could not think of how to describe the exact way I feel. I summed it up with “weird” but I think it deserves a longer explanation.
On one hand what I hated about WoW when I left is still there and I still hate it as much. The same stats obsessed community is still there, people are still calling each other noobs and names on the trade channels and I’m pretty sure pugging still sucks as much. I could go on for hours with examples about immersion, dailies and a ton of other stuff I don’t like. I was doing the Echo Isles quests and I was thinking I could be in Moria exploring the wonderful world of Tolkien.
But for some reason it didn’t feel as bad as I tought it would be. Knowing what I’m getting into and what I want out of the game make the flaws less of a problem. Yes, farming badges sucks but if I can do it with a group of friend then I don’t mind. I used to be all about completing raids and defeating content but now it’s not what I’m aiming for, I simply want a fun group experience.
Yesterday I was having trouble juggling conversation with Kaozz and Geecee at the same time without being killed and I loved every minute of that. It didn’t matter that I was killing Makura clackers for the 100th time, I was simply enjoying talking to people while killing stuff. The rest didn’t matter much.
I’m taking a page out of Lotro here and I’ll try to approach WoW without a plan this time around. I will play the game according to my own whims and fancies and see where that takes me. If I don’t want to farm badges there’s nothing preventing me from getting my gear the old way for example. I’m taking this as a sort of experiment and I’m really curious to see where I’ll end up.