Still Living in a Fantasy World

I’ve mentioned before – I’m a bit unusual when it comes to your average mom. One of the things that makes me unusual is in addition to being the mom of 3 girls ranging in age from 3 – 17, is that I’m a computer gamer who plays MMOs (massively multi-player online games). I’ve been around MMOs since before they were a world-wide phenomenon…I beta tested the original Everquest, EQII, City of Heroes, Champions Online, and World of Warcraft, among others. My family plays together, with my husband, teenager, and I playing characters and the kindergartner and preschooler looking on helping us to beat up the bad guys and finish quests.

There are some that think that gamers are a lot of large people that live in their mothers’ basements and spend 24/7 online in a fantasy realm. Ok, so there ARE some of those, but there are also “normal” people like me who play too! I’ve formed life-long friendships with people I’ve met playing games, and even know couples who married after meeting online. It’s an interesting way to get to know folks, and while not all friendships last, it’s a fun way to expand your horizons.

My current game is (again) World of Warcraft (WoW), which I’ve played on and off since the MMO came out in 2004. It’s a world that has been around in one form or another since 1994, when Blizzard Entertainment introduced “Warcraft: Orcs & Humans.” In WoW, you play a character for whom you pick the race and class, allowing you to take on a persona from a fictional character and direct your own adventure. I’ve played most race and class combinations, but my current favorite is a Gnome Rogue named Candey, and I’ve maxed her out at level 85. Ok, I thought I maxed her out…then I found out about “Mists of Pandaria” the latest expansion to the game which is scheduled to come out in the 2nd quarter of 2012 and will raise the player level max to 90. Here’s a trailer for the expansion:

Impressive, huh? If you decide you want to try it out – or get back into the game – let me know. I can get you a free 10-day pass and if you decide to play I can help you out. It’s fun, interesting, a great way to meet people, and a good escape if you can manage your time well.