It goes without saying, over time we become more and more accustomed to things. And the more accustomed we become, the more we take it for granted. In some cases, it could just be that the luster has worn off. World of Warcraft is coming up on its 18th anniversary this year. As a player, I’ve been off and on (mostly the latter) for 15 years. In that time I’ve seen five expansions come, and lost track of how many times I’ve done a lot of the non-end game content.
Sometimes, there are still things that surprise me. Looks Like A Tauren Pirate To Me would certainly be one of them. I only recently came across the quest as normally I don’t do too much leveling around Booty Bay. Alas, the point is after all this time I forget what it felt like when the game was new to me. The trepidation when I made the trek from Thelsamar to Menethil Harbor. Heck, the first time I stumbled into Deadwind Pass. The music alone was enough to make me take a u-turn. Didn’t hurt that I was in my 20’s at the time…and a Holy Priest.
The reason for the reflection is I’ve recently gotten the opportunity to experience many of these things and others again, through my son. Coming up on 8 years old he now has his own (monitored) account on the same server as mom and dad. We recently watched the Warcraft movie (more on that in a future post), and him seeing the movie details in the game made him giddy. The giant grin as he exclaimed “I can’t believe I’m in Stormwind!” was contagious. I couldn’t help but be happy. Then I helped him track down his first mount (and explained “back in my day you had to be level 40”), and he couldn’t wait to tell his mother as soon as he saw her.
Every step he takes is a reminder of what I once had the chance to experience. But it’s being done so at a much younger age than when I went through, and that makes it even more special. There’s an innocence and a lack of expectations that comes with it. I get to watch him take it all in, make some of the same mistakes I did, and learn as he goes. Now if I could just convince him that Awesomedude is not the best idea for a character name. But then again, I have a Gnome named Junkshot so perhaps I should keep my mouth shut.