Five wonderful and insightful years ago I started this blog. I had planned a larger post talking about the "future", but like this five year milestone time has gone by faster than I could ever had imagined. Five years ago I was single and without a care in the world outside of whether my Internet connection worked at home. Today, I'm married, a father, a belated college graduate, and newly promoted at a company I would never have imagined working for. Change, as they say, comes whether we wish it or not.
Yet, one thing has remained constant over the past five years: this blog and my gaming. In retrospect there are a lot of things I would have done differently, but looking back there isn't a single thing I would want changed.
Without rambling any further (the kid has gotta be put to bed at some point), I present to you a repost of my first post.
The date: 29 May, 2005. The time: 20:24 or 8:24 PM EST for those of you in the civilian world.
This blog has officially started. It has been a process of thought pulling at my mind for a while. I play these games we call MMORPGs, but I don't even know if "play" is the correct word to describe it anymore. I live and breath these games. They are more than an escape from my mediocre life. Fun is no longer the driving factor. Social interaction with like minded nerds and geeks; people whom live through their in game characters as though it was version 2.0 of themselves.
I don't want to hear these gamers speak in foreign Orcish or Elvish tongues. I want them to speak English and call me newb, l33t, or dude. I want role playing that is a real person, embodying a real in-game character. I don't want to know how much you can pretend. I want to see who, what, and how you can do things in game with the class, race, or skills you have chosen in our game of choice.
Ah, the game of choice! Room for debate among the flooded market of MMORPGs and the denizens that inhabit them. From baseless flame fests on the far reaches of the most bizarre gaming message boards; to developer's beloved Customer Feedback Forms. Well known to players that have ever hit cancel on a B-rate MMORPG subscription.
That is what brings us here. The game of choice, or should I say games of choice! After all, it is entirely possible to enjoy the splendor of more than a single MMO at a time. While you risk the chance of losing that significant other, the admiration of your pet, and standing in your real life social circle, you obtain the chance to be the darling of your online world of choice.
Whether its a heroic conquest, a diabolic scheme, or simply a comical battle cry; overnight stardom is possible!
So friends, let us journey down this road. Unafraid of the naysayers! Fearful of the sun that will burn our skin! And most of all, damn proud of what we choose to do with our free time. We are the many, the proud, the MMO gamer!