Yep, I did somethin’ I said I would never do.
Back a few years ago, somewhere around 11 or so, my first born discovered a game called World of Warcraft. To say he was addicted to it is a huge understatement, it would be more accurate to say he lived and breathed this game. For a few years, he basically got about 3 hours of sleep a night, or morning I should say.
I can’t count the number of fights we had over WoW, because the only time he would come out of his bedroom would be to grab a quick, and I do mean quick, like 2-minute microwave quick, bite to eat, or to use the bathroom and of course the dreaded and inconvenient chore of goin’ to school, which drastically cut into his game time.
I have to take a second and admit that I also played an online game at the time, but I was nowhere near as “dedicated” to mine as he was his. He tried many times to get me to play WoW and I always refused, mainly because I don’t like RPG games, I’m more of a First Person Shooter type.
I did try once, but I didn’t get anything out of it. I was more interested in the game I played and the community surroundin’ it and I much preferred the action to the seemingly dormant activity associated with WoW.
Ok, now, 11 years later I’m in Wal-Mart. I went there to get 2 things but I’m one of those people that can’t go into that store without goin’ into the electronics department, and that’s where I ended up after I got what I originally went in there for.
I was actually lookin’ for a PS4 game, that I found out doesn’t exist, so I mosied around the corner to the next aisle, which just so happened to be the aisle where the computer games were patiently waitin’ for me.
I’m a big SimCity fan and that was the first one I thought about gettin’, so while I was standin’ there ponderin’ I was lookin’ at what else was available. When my peepers glanced across the big box that contained the alternate world that my oldest son has lived in for the past 11 years I took the notion to buy it. I’m pretty sure the main thought that ran through my mind was, “If I get this, I will be able to be closer with my son and daughter-in-law,” who also plays WoW. Even if it is online.
So, I sent son number one a message with a picture and asked, “Should I?” To which I got a prompt response in the affirmative category. I found out from an electronics associate that also plays that what I had in my hand contained everything I needed to bring me up to date in the game. I put it in my buggy (shopping cart) and moved on, until I remembered that my son was always talking to people while he played the game and most of the time used a headset, so what did I do?
I found a headset and away it went with this game that I swore I would never play, vowed fervently at one time that I would never get “sucked into” this fantasy world that seemed to, for all intents and purposes, steal my son away from me.
I am now a Level 11 Blood Elf Paladin, currently involved in one of many quests. I have been told that’s pretty good for the short amount of time I’ve been playin’. As of yesterday, I am a member of the same guild that my son and daughter-in-law are and I have met several really nice people through the game.
I forgot to mention earlier that had it not been for WoW I wouldn’t have the daughter-in-law and awesome grandson that I now have. They met on WoW and after a while, my eldest moved to another state and subsequently married the amazin’ woman he met on a computer game and together they have given me my grandson, which is a precious gift I will forever treasure.
So in a roundabout way, I suppose I owe it to WoW for givin’ me the wonderful “expansion pack” to my family, so it’s about time for me to venture into this fantasy world that is more than fantasy to the people that play it.
And the major bonus? I really do get to talk to and see my son, daughter-in-law, and baby grandson on a much more regular basis.