“You’ll always be Siori to me. Running around Deadmines and lowbie instances as we nuked everything…always be the player who would swim from Theramore Isle to Tanaris just because it was the fastest route.” ~Magik
He said those words to me a few days ago and it brought a smile to my face. For starters, other than getting wiser about the game (but I’m not a know it all or anything close on the matter) I don’t think I’ve changed. I’ve become a better player, but not a great one. I’m still the guy in it for fun and I’ll try and do the damndest things on a whim. Heck, I remember being disappointed during Burning Crusade when Siori hit 70 and I couldn’t solo Ahn’Qiraj. I wish I were kidding.
Like I said, I’ve gotten wiser.
Okay, not really. I just bring more friends these days.
But Magik’s advice isn’t just for me. It’s for everyone. Too often we see cases where we become the player that frustrated us for so long. We forget where we came from to get where we are. And we take it out on those sporting around in our hand me down shoes of inexperience.
As Magik said to me in the same conversation, “don’t be the jerk who just says Google it.” He then pointed out I “Googled him off” a couple times, and I admit it. Usually the only time I’ll do that is if I honestly don’t know the answer. Actually, I’ll probably “wowhead them off” first. In rare cases, like Magik, I’ll do it just because it’s Magik. We get each other, and it’s funny.
And that’s the beauty of it. We’ve been two similar guys with different playstyles since pretty much the day I randomly (but politely) asked him to sign a guild charter over five years ago. We’ve stayed true to ourselves and what we enjoy.
As of late, I’ve commented on several other blogs about the idea of doing what makes you happy and what you enjoy. World of Warcraft has so much to offer (whether good or bad) that pretty much anyone can find a way to play that makes them happy and they shouldn’t have to sacrifice that for anyone. Now, the exception to that is if there is an aspect they want to take part in there are sometimes adjustments and understandings that need to be met just to find a moderate level of success. You can’t be a profession leveler wearing BoP Cata greens and expect to PvP well in Mists of Pandaria on the turn of a dime.
But in staying true to yourself, you need to recognize the type of player you are. You also need to recognize the player you are might not be the player you were a year or two ago. Using myself as an example, if I had purchased Mists of Pandaria Siori would already be 90 just from questing and Tum would be 90 or close just from questing and dungeon healing. That’s how I’m wired.
Thing is, I can’t be that type of player anymore. Not that I even want to, mind you (and I don’t fault those players either). My lifestyle and family has changed a lot even since Cataclysm launched. I have expectations and responsibilities that would get sorely neglected if I tried to be the player I was/would be. Work would suffer, family would suffer. I would suffer. I know that. I might not have considered it when I first decided I wasn’t buying Mists, but I most certainly recognize it.
I understand not everyone can do that, and quite frankly some will never stop to take the time. But the thing to remember most is be the type of player you want to be without having to sacrifice important things. It’s so much more than that, but at the end of the day World of Warcraft is a game. And games are supposed to be fun. If you’re not having fun, then it’s time to take a step back for a moment or two and evaluate things.