What a difference a day makes
Twenty-four little hours
Brought the sun and the flowers
Where there used to be rain
~Renee Olestead “What a Difference a Day Makes”
Have you ever logged on to WoW and felt you had missed out on something? Have you ever opened up your feed-reader and felt overwhelmed by the sheer volume of new thoughts and posts?
I sure have. But the interesting thing is that this has happened to me even after I have only been absent for a day or at times after just having slept one night.
The World of Warcraft never sleeps. I guess you could actually say WoW is the opposite of South American soap-operas. Things happen, change, evolve constantly at a fast pace – with or without you.
Somehow it all puts me in mind of dog-years. Someone you have known for a few months is an old trusted friend. Someone who has played the game from the start is a veteran (can you call yourself a veteran chess-player after 3 years?). Of course this does not just apply to WoW, this is a symptom of the Internet in general.
Maybe this is why WOW is sometimes viewed as an addiction: Because you really need to be present constantly to stay in the loop.
One week, one day away, the blink of an eye and you have missed the downing of a boss, the crucial change in a relationship, an entire stage in your guild’s development.
But is it not the fast pace of the WoW-life also its greatest appeal? You can find or create a family, a home in just a matter of weeks. You can become the go-to guy, the core member of a guild, the famous person with the unique mount within a short few days. Instant gratitude, instant satisfaction. All at a click of your mouse.
As said in my other rambling-post: I am a firm believer in awareness and conscious choice. If you have reached the insight that this is how WoW works and you still choose to be involved, does that not make bearing the consequences easier?
I think a lot of people (myself included) use WoW as an escape from their day to day lives, but I fail to see the harm in that as long as it is a choice I have made.