Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Worth fighting for.

I had--truly--an amazing day at work yesterday. It had nothing to do with bosses, or meetings, or or data. It had everything to do with why I do what I do. And if I hadn't had been there, if I hadn't added my own viewpoint on the events of yesterday, I would not have worked with some amazing colleagues who bring so much to the table, and I would have missed out on my own gifts, too. We may have even saved a life.

When I finally did get home and got to continue my time in Pandaria, it felt truly good. I want to go on record right here, right now, because I know there will be glitches, obstacles, and negativity, but seize this moment, that I think the land of Pandaria is Blizzard's masterpiece. This is not to say the other lands are not exquisite and amazing - in fact, if not for those building up to this, I am certain we players would not have the appreciation that many of us do. Well, I speak for myself: my breath is taken away.

I may never catch-up with others. In fact, I know I won't. Others have different schedules and demands, and that is their journey, not mine. Yes, I will do my best to choose wisely and spend my time leveling those characters I want to take raiding, and hope those opportunities are there. But if they never come again, it's okay. I know my time in the real world matters, and I want my time spent in this virtual world to be refreshing and bright. I felt like when I was in there, I was living Chihiro's adventure from Spirited Away. I felt like I was strong again. I felt - well, dare I say it? Balanced.

No guildmates were available to run a new dungeon when I could play, which was fine. I went in with a cracker-jack group from my own realm, and confessed I had not played the Beta, and they hadn't either. It was a blast. And this is a confession of character vanity: I loved watching how Mataoka looks when she's fighting from an front-view perspective. She is amazing. Yes, third-person is completely appropriate here. She was my first character, and still is firmly ensconced as my favorite.

What is worth fighting for? What the Pandaren said. And I will try not to forget it.

8 comments:

  1. Great to read that you're having such a blast in Pandaria (and that you're back to reading my blog too).

    Keep doing what you're doing :)

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    1. Well, sure - thanks! It was comforting to know someone was out there figuring stuff out in case I had questions, and I can tell - I am going to have a lot of questions!

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  2. i've been tryin' to put my finger on it, and failing. But, i get what you mean. there's just Something about Mists (and Pandaria) that is, well, epic. It makes questing fun! It doesnt feel like slacking if I want to waste hours in pet battles. My WoW addiction is back, and back with a vengeance!

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    1. It's so cool to read long-time players' perspective on this too, and that my reaction is in tune. Now, I am steeling myself against game fatigue with alts--cautioning my enthusiasm so I don't get burnt out too soon, which is my normal tendency.

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  3. Your blog looks nice! And that's a great banner :) I am glad you're having fun, even I am having fun admiring the zones.

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    1. Thanks Navi! I know you're stopping by is a big deal, because you are probably in love with the new expansion as much as I am, and want to play play play! I was digging around earlier post links and found http://wowsugar.blogspot.com/2012/07/fuzzy.html - one of your first unofficial Navispams! I just treat it like a friend stoppiing over for tea. Tea? Hell with that! Big frosty brew! Cheers!

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  4. Things like the Sri-La Village is part of the magic for me, a whole beautiful fishing village with no quests, just a fishing vendor. Had to stop to fish there! And glad you had a good day at work!

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    1. Thanks Tome-through a series of texts and phone calls I realized a cherished coworker is not having such a great time. Does the universe constantly hug and punch us? In any case, I love that you and I get to be "tourists" or rather explorers, and not tour guides anymore - maybe I should start a character named Sacajawea!

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