“Why oh why didn’t I take the BLUE pill”? (Cypher, The Matrix 1999)
How did I fall down the rabbit hole that is the World of Warcraft?
In my college years I dabbled in a few pc-based games like Master of Orion and even Starcraft, but I avoided MMOs because of their reputation as ‘addictive’ and I was attempting to focus on school. This turned out to be a wise decision as Evercrack never existed for me and I blissfully sailed through graduate school and started a family and career without the distraction of the never-ending treasure hunts that MMOs offer. Unfortunately, I was later marooned on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (Terceira, a part of Portugual) with little to do for two years while I completed my Air Force service, and a friend’s son came to visit for Christmas.
I wasn’t offered a forget-this-ever-happened blue pill. He gave me the RED.
An unused Wow account that he’d started for a girlfriend. And into Wonderland I fell. After a brief dalliance with a pally, I had an extended affair with the death-dealing whirlwind that is combat roguery and this blog might have been about dual-wielding assassins had not the second red pill shown up in a guildie’s beta key that he wasn’t using. Just for the fun of it, I started a Death Knight on the Beta and was hooked. I loved the starting area/quests, but more than that I found loved the (somewhat) complex way the DK weaves her path of destruction and yet is able to quickly shift and stand up to the ferocious blows of an angry elite in her plate armor.
Even a real-life inspired hiatus for several months earlier this year (2009) could not drain the allure of Wow, and a little juggling to ensure the fantasy world did not replace the real one, Hinenuitepo is back in Northrend, looking forward to the challenges of the Icecrown Citadel and to the Cataclysm Beyond.