The last time I gave World of Warcraft my attention was when Warlords of Draenor was released. I had played it before (Started playing only when Mists of Pandaria was out) and was mainly a pawn in other peoples lust for levelling their characters with friend boosts. I remember being level 40 before I even really saw the world and had no idea where I was, what I was doing or how to do whatever it was I was meant to be doing.
Being alone in such a large world was intimidating and not very fun, and so my opinion of WoW became very sceptical.
It’s now been a few years since I even touched it, but now I have a partner in crime (Also my fiance Adam) who is willing to show me what I missed and what World of Warcraft (WoW) is meant to be. Starting with how they celebrate the new year!
In World of Warcraft, the new year starts with some fabulous fireworks, which I witnessed in Stormwind, the Alliance capital. For someone who hasn’t really grown up with WoW, it was difficult to see why people were so loyal to the game until I got in and was able to see a virtual version of what we do anyway. We have fireworks, we hang out with friends and family and we have a lovely time and bond. I saw all of that and was happily surprised! It was pretty cool. Everyone was flying around on their mounts, so something you can’t see in real life (IRL) is dragons flying all around the sky, and WoW makes it happen. Okay, so it’s not as realistic as IRL but still, any dragon is cooler than no dragon.
I definitely felt the atmosphere this year, as people used the chat to yell happy new year to everyone. I was approached by a member of a Guild who asked if I wanted to hang out with them because no one should be alone. How cute is that? How often do we even see that? I was with Adam and we were doing our own thing, but even so, an interaction with one person on WoW is just a whole new experience. The kindness, the imagination and character of these players is astounding to me.
So Adam and I were on WoW for New year. And a few months ago, I would have cringed at the idea. Seriously, I thought it was sad and I am very aware that hundreds of people who wouldn’t touch anything game related would also say so. But they are so wrong! I was so wrong! It’s so important for a lot of people to have these virtual worlds, especially on days so important like new years eve.
And then something even cooler happened…
Well, it’s certain that we couldn’t get this in real life, and what surprised me the most is that it isn’t planned by the developers. This was a player made event, and led from Stormwind to Goldshire (And a ways more). So many people gathered to join in, including myself and Adam. Everyone was just following each other in one big line, anyone with a Mammoth mount hopped on, and anyone without one either walked or just used a different mount. There were no requirements to join in on such a fun parade, but the Mammoths did make it look pretty spectacular.
Whether World of Warcraft is your cup of tea or not, it is hard to look at it negatively. It has brought so many people together and so many friendships and even relationships have been made through its world. I am honored to have been a part of it.