It was my expectation that the last post would be the final on this subject, but it seems that I am older (or much more long winded) then I had though. So I hope that I do not sound too pretentious when making what I hope to be the last post finishing out my geek resume. With my humblest apologizes, I will begin now and wait for the flames to find me.
After reading my past two posts, or perhaps after remembering my history; it seems to me that I might had left certain topics. Like watching each and every science fiction or fantasy movies that I could find, or even my love of comics for a time or more. Then I asked myself what topics would truly encompass being a geek? And frankly I came down to the opinion that for some people that could be computers and technology, for others it could be comics or anime, or perhaps fantasy movies and books, maybe it is gaming for some, or even mixed of all of the above.
Still that seemed limited to me! Yes “geek” culture now encompasses technology with science fiction and fantasy type combinations. But perhaps it should just be passion that drives one person to be a geek over another. Could someone be a nature geek? I believe so, and I am one of those people. Because of it, I have recently went back to college and gotten a degree in Forest Ecology and Conservation. Could someone be a NASCAR racing geek, If you’ve ever meet my aunt and uncle, and then seen them off to a race; you would think that they look and seemed incredibly geeky.
But I derail from what my goal today had been. Let me gather myself, and continue with my life.
Where I had left off, would put me close to 2004. So I will pick up there, with the first and brightest light in those years. Do you know where I am heading, it is quite obvious to me of course; and will be to many of you after. In November of 2004, Blizzard Entertainment released World of Warcraft, and the face of MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) gaming was changed forever. Perhaps not that drastic, but they did become the new big boy on the block quickly enough.
Though I will first say that I did not buy the game when it first came out. I had years before tried Everquest, and found myself unhappy with the game. It was not the size or the time it took to level, for me it was the similarity of characters appearances. I laugh at that now, but I can be a picky bastard when it comes to my games at times. Because of that, I never got into many MMO’s at first.
Around 2004 I was playing several games, along with the my MUD’s. The one game that I spent hours and hours on was then Planetside. I think I had been playing it since its release, and I had at many times considered playing Star Wars Galaxies as well. Many of my fellow players on Planetside were also playing Galaxies. I believe that it was free to those who played Galaxies (though I could be wrong). But I was so entirely hooked on Planetside that I did not give Star Wars a chance. I regret that to this day, people still talk fondly about that game.
Then in August of 2005, Planetside became a ghost town. If you played the game in those days, I am sure you know why. Sony released a new expansion for their Star Wars Galaxies game, completely destroying their franchise. In one utterly stupid move, they recreated the entire character system, and took away the one thing that made their game loved. I do not believe there was another action by a game company as devastating, at least in my option. So there I was, with nobody to play with on Planetside and in a game that was dependent on other players; it became another failed game.
I left soon after that change and decided to try my hand at World of Warcraft. I had heard good reviews from both friends and online communities. It had been many years since I had my disappointment with Everquest and I thought things must had changed since then with fantasy MMO’s. Well I was surprised and delighted with what I found in that game. Soon enough, my time online became devoted to WOW and I had discovered that a huge portion of those Star Wars Galaxies players had found their way to the same game.
Many years were devoted to World of Warcraft. My first and main character had been a paladin. Like many in those days and now, I tried my hand at Ret Paladin (Retribution). That satisfied me for a while until I discovered the magic of the reckoning bomb; and from them forth I was a Pro Paladin (Protection). I must also state that I was not a snob about keeping to my spec and naturally had build up gear for all facets of being a paladin (Healing, Tanking, Fighting).
The entirety of my time playing WOW can be made into a separate section of posts itself. So let us just say that I PVP’ed my heart out and obtained Grand Master of the Alliance, before it became easier. I raided with a top 100 guild through Burning Crusade, up through the Sunwell. Then when Wrath of the Lich King came out, I raided for many months as well. It was there that I lost steam or even the passion to play. I retired from World of Warcraft and have only gone back a few times to see if I could rekindle some of that passion again. It has yet to happen.
I have tried many other MMO’s after World of Warcraft: Everquest 2, Rifts, Age of Conan, Warhammer, Darkfall, Planetside 2 (love this still), Star Wars The Old Republic, EVE, and so many more. But it seems that WOW has stole the passion for MMO’s from me. I have since dove more completely back into other things like reading and social gaming. But I continue to search for a computer game that will allow me to enjoy that type of playing once again. If not in a more moderated allowance, for I believe MMO’s can suck the life out of a person and the people who want or need their attention.
With the loss of my addiction to MMO’s, I had a gap to fill. I probably could had filled the time with much of the same things I had done before. Such as reading, writing, role playing, and all of the things that my geeky heart thrives on. But I decided for many reasons to head back to college; the time was right and I had gotten put on disability from work. Oh yes, I did do all of those other things as well… haven’t you been reading? I am an addict after all.
After 3.5 years, I walked away from college with my bachelors degree and an offer to join a master program. That masters program will start in a month and a half (as long as I can get the funds required). As I stated earlier, I received my degree in Forest Ecology and Conservation and hope to begin a masters in Water Sustainability. I might expect that if you have been reading that these seem to be odd choices for me to have made? But let me say this… always let your passions guide you and let things that bring you the greatest happiness mark the paths that you walk in life. It took me a long time to see these things, even with their direct opposition staring me in the face daily. But we do not always open our minds to what our eyes see and complacency follows, obscuring the difference between what is and what could or should be. I choose to smile; I choose to walk the paths that I decide and not let them decide for me; and I choose to love: myself, someone special, family and friends, work, hobbies, and of course the most important thing to love, that I am alive (again).