Bringing back the buzz

A great post which I just caught on Six Inch Heals has got me thinking. Sindei’s response to the recent Blog Azeroth shared topic What WoW Taught Me About Real Life is funny but also thought-provoking.[pullquote]WoW is teaching me how to be a boss. No, not the level 83 Elite kind… the other kind.[/pullquote]

I’m relatively new to end-game raiding – by which I mean that, while I’ve been playing World Of Warcraft on and off for some years, it’s only relatively recently that I’ve started to do any serious raiding at all.

The moment our 10-man group finally managed to defeat Arthas was a moment of genuine, endorphin-pumping achievement. It was a tough fight for us, and the successful attempt came after a run of several embarrassing, face-planting wipes. Somehow, this time, everything came together. We fought as a single cohesive unit with no mistakes and a few moments of inspired brilliance (particularly from our tanks).[pullquote]Doing my real life dailies and weeklies, whether it be Doing the Dishes or Hanging Up Hubby’s Shirts, earns me valuable Spousal Rep which I can leverage into extra WoW time.[/pullquote]

While the achievement spam dinged through into guild chat, we all hearthed to Dalaran, switched on our Kingslayer titles and proceeded in a lap of victory through the city. It felt good. We’d done nothing more than move pixels around a screen and make some imaginary numbers fluctuate in an imaginary world, but it felt as concrete an accomplishment as passing a driving test, hitting a home run, or learning Japanese (I’ve subsequently added it to my resume – that’s how proud I am).[pullquote]I work with a frequently cranky, often unreasonable individual. If I tell you she has a huge aggro radius, and a nasty AOE temper that hits everyone regardless of who taunted her, you can understand my main strategy for dealing with her: I do my best to stay out of range.[/pullquote]

Reading the post on Six Inch Heals (which, incidentally, is one of the finest blog names I’ve ever encountered) brought back the emotions of that moment. It’s one of the great things about cooperative MMOs: they teach you social interaction, team dynamics, strategy, perseverance, commitment and the advantage of expertise over guesswork. That’s all too easy to forget when the game becomes little more than a repetitive daily grind while waiting for new content, so it’s nice to read posts like Sindei’s and be reminded.

All quotes from the original post.