I've said before that one of the reasons I started Kentucky Geek Girl was to talk about gaming. Back in 2010, when I started the blog, I was a pretty hardcore World of Warcraft player. When I use that term, I'm not necessarily saying that I was in a raiding guild with top tier gear and advanced progression. No, I mean that I played the game as often as I could and had since 2007.
|My main, Katryona.|
I signed up for my free trial in September 2007 and after much prodding by a friend, I joined Shadow Council Alliance. Things were fine, I learned the ropes of the game and all was well. I was definitely a bit of a n00b, rolling on Spirit plate for my Warrior. I leveled through Burning Crusade and hit level 70 in the summer of 2008. I had a lot of fun doing dungeons, with PVP, and questing. My main, Katryona, was a Night Elf Warrior and I loved her. Slowly but surely, however, that I started to feel it: addiction. It creeped in slowly, but by 2009, it had completely taken over.
I'm the first person to admit that I was completely and utterly addicted to World of Warcraft; they call it WarCrack or reason. We were thick in the middle of Wrath of the Lich King at that point and I had leveled 2 characters to 80 with a third well on her way. Once I faction transferred my main, Katryona in September 2009, I was playing constantly with my best friend who was also my guild leader.
|This was my favorite log-in screen. I loved Wrath of the Lich King.|
In 2011, I did something about it. I quit cold turkey and didn't play for well over a year. I focused on my weight loss journey with working out and Weight Watchers. I played more board games and that's when I also really focused on Kentucky Geek Girl. That Fall, I went back to school and when I didn't use WoW as a distraction, I rocked it out, getting on the Dean's List that first semester back.
My success continued well into 2012 when I resubscribed to the game a month or so at a time, but didn't fall back into the same pattern that I had one been in. Mists of Pandaria was just coming out, I sold a friend on WoW and I gave in to my own peer pressure and decided to pick up the expansion. I'll be the first to admit that I was just wasn't impressed with the Pandaren. I absolutely love my Worgen ended up creating a new Worgen Warrior that I played with a friend. We played through the expansion, leveling our baby Worgen and I didn't do much at all with my main. In January 2013, I was hit with an unfortunate case of no internet, so I didn't start playing with any frequency until later in the Spring. I still quit for a few months and come back on a whim.
I enjoy playing World of Warcraft. The story is (for the most part) interesting, I like the challenge that PVP presents, and it's something that I can do with my friends when we've tired of board games or binge-watching TV. But the game no longer holds the same control over me that it once did. Last summer, I transferred Katryona to Wyrmrest Accord, a medium population RP server. I joined a guild that I really enjoyed and began playing a lot because it was something that I could do with the Lexington friends before I made the decision to move back to town. I felt the desire to play all the time start to knock on my door, but I quelled it before it could really take hold. I'm at a point where I know that playing all the time is not a positive thing for me and I'm able to stop before I start again. I don't know if I'll ever find a game that I want to play as consistently and constantly as I did WoW.
And while I'm okay with that, I still find myself wishing I knew how to quit the game, for good.
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