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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t.

Hey Everyone!

I’ve been really quiet and busy the last week with work, but fear not! I am back! .. for today, you know. Life. (On that note, i may not write a blog post everyday but I do use Twitter a lot. Find me there at @Kairri_ . In post advertising is so in fashion, all the cool kids are doing it.) I’ve been dead tired coming home, and just been doing whatever I wanted. I didn’t feel like writing a post, and frankly it’s not necessary for me to do so every week. (Not that I mean to say, screw you all, i win or anything.) If I make it a necessity it becomes “work” and not pleasure and I realized how this happened in game too.

So where the hell am I going with this? Lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve been missing out on Lich King kills. That King slayer title is popping up more and more and guilds are learning the mechanics and with the 20% buff. It’s just becoming more obtainable. I’ve been saying to myself, “I should be there already.” I’ll let you guys in on a little secret. I once led a guild, in fact we were in the top 10 on our server. When i first put the group together, it was fun. We were in having fun in Ulduar pretty much. The guild existed for a good 3 months and every week we raided twice a week. You know everyone would be in guild chat and say, “Okay guys, after school we down Agalon!” That was awesome, the excitement, the feeling. Was awesome. Sadly it turned out different after a while. I basically had to beg people to come and raid. They would finally come but not after me hearing there annoying garbage to be honest. “Aww, is it raid night today?” , “I’m only doing this cause of you.” To them raiding became a job. At that point you need to step back and find out what’s going wrong.

Your not having fun anymore. So I decided to vanish and start over.

The good thing about WoW for me is the anonymity of the game involved. I was able to step down as guild leader and wish them well. I rerolled multiple times, and I was just another noob walking around in greens and blues. My past was literally erased and I was able to focus on the present and having fun. I’ve rerolled multiple times now and am currently on Kairri. I’m having a lot of fun now. Leveling, learning about the lore, revisiting old instances. I even made a ton of friends along the way!

The best part of it all I think, is that I have no responsibilities. I have the ability to log on right now and truly do what the hell I want. I believe that’s a big misconception amongst most. That us gamers get to go to a world where we can do whatever and while that is true for many, about half the gamers find themselves having responsibilities in game that they must attend to first before they can do what they want. Now I’m not saying that having responsibilities suck. Life comes with them, but because of the internet anonymity, I was able to restart and select my responsibilities as they come and surround myself with people who can also handle having them.

This “reset” button can be a double edged sword sometimes though. I believe that what I did was right. I dropped the guild after explaining and handed guild over to the person I trust the most to lead them into success. I know that this doesn’t happen most of the time though. People will decide they had enough and just quit, re roll, stop playing, reset. Like walking away from a job/school. Except in real life there is no reset button. Just because we have that in game does not mean you can go drop people like dirt. Behind the avatar is a real person and everyone should realize that. When the time for me comes to tackle the Lich King I know now that the people I get in my core will need to be dedicated. Burn out is bound to happen, but that’s when we will rely on our other guild mates to help us out. After all, that’s what a good guild does.

After talking to all these people, from different servers, on blog, listening to podcasts, twitter I’ve learned that my game is not everyone else’s game. In fact it changes drastically from person to person. So, some people may agree with me on this rant. That raids can be turned into work if not paced/handled properly. Some will say I’m crazy and a game is a game, but oh well. This is only my opinion.

For now, I’ve hit the “poof” button and am living life one level at a time. See you around!

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To Game or Not to Game.

Hey everyone!

(Incoming rant.)

I was at work today and sometimes I’m assigned to help out in shipping because I work for a swimming type organization and it gets really busy around the summer time. (Yes, I’m uber fit and stronger than most guys. It comes with being a lifeguard I guess. :P ) So because we are so good at our jobs, we finished filling all the orders and had some time to spare before we got more. We basically started talking about something quite interesting. Since I don’t wanna use any real names, I’ll just call my friend.. Santa Claus.

So Santa Claus had a child recently. He was talking about how scared he was about his kid playing all these new shooting games. He spoke about that one kid who killed his mom because she told him to stop playing xbox and then the other kid who ran away and was found dead when his parents took away his play-station or whatever. Pretty crazy stories. He was telling me that he wasn’t going to buy these shooting games or all these games with blood and violence and I kinda got irritated.

I HATE how the media makes games look bad and scary. It’s not like that at all. As a gamer I know that it’s not always the games fault when these disaster’s happen. There are other reasons involved too. I basically spent the next 15 minutes giving my side of the story. I don’t think the games can be fully blamed at all. It is true that games now a days have graphic scenes, killing, harsh language, and blood. These games are rated M or whatever and you shouldn’t buy them in my opinion if you can’t handle it. There are tons of studies on this subject. Some say these games help people relieve their stress, some say games make people want to live the moment. (I think that’s insane. If i see someone punching someone, I’m not going to join in, haha.)

Now I don’t think games are innocent. A kid won’t shoot his dad if he has never played Call of Duty. In that case, why has a small child seen/touched that game? I think it’s cause people come home from work and just sit in front of the T.V. or let their kids play the games because the don’t want to deal with the family stress.  So I do believe sometimes the family is also partially to blame.

I also think that the person is also to blame. For example, if you are hot tempered, you usually know you are. If that’s the case, stay away from games that are annoying! If you know your addicted try and do something about it! Nothing good can come from not taking care of yourself. Gaming is like many other things. Swimming for example. It’s fun, we do it all the time, yet so many people drown. 2 boys drowned here in Canada over the weekend just now. Drinking is the same. Don’t drink till you die. Get my point?

So Santa Claus gave in and agreed with me at that point. He’s going to let his kid play games, but watch the rating, how much times he spends on it, what his marks are like, etc. He’s going to be aware of what’s going on. At least that’s what he says now. He seems like a really good father though. He is Santa Claus after all. :3

So to end my rant I’ll just say that videos games are not evil. They are and influence but they are not the only one. We only see them in the media so much because they are a new thing to us. So take everything in moderation, take care of yourself, and look out for your loved ones.

Thanks for reading guys,

World PvP Struggles..

Hey everyone, just decided to give you all a quick little update to what I’ve been doing.

Last week you would of found me leveling a certain priest over on a pvp server. I thought everyone liked me! Guess what? I thought wrong.. I had been ganked around 15-20 times for over 4 hours. Hell, I even logged off, ate some food, watched t.v. and played an alt. I came back and they were still there. Not just the four of them. There were about 8-10 of them! Level 80’s ganking a level 70 Disc priest.  It was actually kind of fun. It was like I was the victim of an organized crime. (Does that make me weird? Probably.) They had my body camped and the graveyard! After many attempts to escape I managed flying high up into the sky where no one could see me and got away. I flew off to Warsong hold thinking I’d be safe. Nope. They came in, smashed everything in sight and killed me there. Then they had the graveyard and the Hold surrounded. Literally. I peeked outside and saw Alliance on Bronze drakes flying all around. It was getting a little scary at this point.

So, I changed to a Roleplaying server and rerolled a shammy. And alas! I am playing Kairri now, and I have loved every moment of it so far. She is now level 21 for all of you that care, haha. I haz water shield now so I’m not so oom all the time, which is great. I can’t wait to get more totems! I also finished the whole Draenei starting area and got my “Tabard of the Hand”. It looks pretty sweet.  Then again I like all new clothes.

Hope you guys are having as much fun as me!

P.S. Faction spies suck. Don’t do it.

Welcome!

Hey everyone!

My name is Kairri and as you probably have guessed, I play a shaman in the World of Warcraft video game. I have been a player of the game for almost a year now. Even though I haven’t been around since vanilla release, i do believe I am a fairly decent player. I’ve participated in many ICC raids already. Me also being new allows me to bring a fresh (noobish) point of view on everything, which I hope you will enjoy.

Kairri is a new shaman at only level 15. It is the only class left that I know nothing about really. I have no idea what the best totems are, what weapons Is ideal, or what gems I should even be using. I know really nothing at all. :3 So I want to use this as an advantage and share my experiences with you guys. I usually learn fast.

This blog will consist of journal type entries along with personal reflections of how i feel. I’ll also included the random guide here and there because I am quite the elitist. If you still wanna hear about my adventure in Azeroth then welcome to Kairri the Shaman’s Journal. Thank you very much for reading. :)

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