Hello World of Warcraft!
It was the Chuck Norris advertisements that eventually convinced me to try out World of Warcraft.
I’ve always been a fan of strategy games, in fact the first one I played on my first computer (An Apple IIe) was called “Hail”, which progressed to playing “Olympic Decathlon” on the old BBC computer, followed by “Winter Olympics” on our first IBM and eventually Warcraft II (the follow up from the original Warcraft: Orcs and Humans.
When I was living in my first apartment, and had set up my first solely owned desktop (complete with dial up internet!) I took a trip to the local computer store to see if I could find Warcraft II, but the sales guy after initially being totally perplexed as to why a girl was asking about strategy games, told me that if I liked that kind of game which was now “old news”, then I should look at the newly released “Age of Empires”.
I remember being blown away by the brilliant graphics, and thus began a long love affair of playing Age of Empires I, II and III eventually, with some Starcraft thrown in because my brother was now bored with it and gave me his discs.
Fast forward a decade and I’d moved away from PC’s in general, into a more creative field, and had just bought my first MacBook, and was looking for something to play on it, in my down time. My thoughtful spouse got me Warcraft III as a Christmas present one year and I gleefully worked through the campaigns enjoying the familiarity of the game storyline, with the updated look. At this point, World of Warcraft had already been released, but given the awfully high cost of bandwidth and the shockingly bad exchange rate, I shelved the idea of trying it, because I thought that having to pay a monthly subscription to play a game seemed extortionate.
Fast forward a few more years and now living in another country, with great bandwidth, and a far more stable currency as well as a steady stream of work in my field – which as a freelancer is a very good thing, I began to look for a game that I could play on my gorgeous iMac, because with screen real estate like that, you need to take advantage of it. Embrace your inner child! I shrieked inwardly and so when the ads on TV offered ‘play World of Warcraft for free to Level 20’ and I had some free time, I thought, “Why not?” and tried it out.
Compare this screenshot below with the game “Hail” above? How far we’ve come in just 20 (cough)30(cough) years? Amazing.
So here I am, blogging about my experiences. My twitter account is up – so feel free to connect with me there if you are a fan of gaming.