After four years, it has happened again. I have resubscribed to World of Warcraft.
There are two reasons/rationalizations for this. One, I will represent Darkstation at a reveal event for the game’s upcoming expansion, Warlords of Draenor. Blizzard is offering beta keys to those who attend and as I can see myself reporting both the event and beta impressions, I figured it best to get into fighting shape.
The second reason was due to a fit of nostalgia brought upon by the announcement of this event. I swam in and out of World of Warcraft ocean throughout the years and my memories of the game are fond. When I played the game in 2006, I remember thinking “Who could possibly get addicted to this?” It wasn’t long before I developed a Pavlovian response to quest rewards, coin, mounts, epic mounts, and adventure. I would eventually drop out of the game, resurfacing only to check out the new expansions, Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm. I didn’t have too great of an experience with Lich King, I had been out of the game for awhile and couldn’t muster the motivation to grind a new character into a Death Knight. With Cataclysm, I was pleasantly surprised with the changes the expansion brought to an admittedly aging game.
I haven’t purchased the Mists of Pandaria expansion just yet, only because I never really had a change to explore what Cataclysm brought to the table. I purchased 30 days of game time and if the attraction is there, I may get more time and pick up the expansion. I’m not quite sure that I want to devote myself to another MMO (considering that I barely play The Old Republic these days). Considering my various review duties, World of Warcraft will likely be one of those games I play on the side. Whatever happens, I intend to use this space to share and reflect on my reunion and continued experiences with World of Warcraft.