Happy New Year, everyone!
As part of Blog Azeroth’s Furtive Father Winter event<, I recently received a guest post from Katarnas, over at Resto Is Epic<. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive it until I was well on my way out of town for the holiday weekend, but I promised that I would post it as soon as I got back and settled in. If you’re interested in the post that I submitted, which was a gift for my friend Rilandune, you can check that out here<.
And now, on to the lovely guest post!
So this year I decided to take part in the FFW event on Blog Azeroth. This was probably not my best idea ever, as over the last few weeks I haven’t had a lot of time to write stuff and so on (as it evident from the lack of blog posts, inactivity on twitter and the fact that it has taken me so long to get this sorted for Oestrus. Sorry O)
However one of the main reasons for the lack of time has actually been WoW related and given the time of year that it is, it is a rather good topic for this guest post;
Warcraft and International Relations
As grand (and pretentious) as that sounds, it really is very simple. At the core of Warcraft (and any MMO) is the fact that it is a social game. The degree to which you choose to immerse yourself in that aspect of the game is entirely up to you – you could level completely on your own and treat the game simple as some kind of huge single player game, or play in a group through LFD, LFR etc but remain totally anonymous and never interact with other players. I have seen people who have been in a guild for quite a few years, yet no-one knows anyone else’s real name. Then at the other end of the scale are the players who do get involved with other players, make lasting friendships and even meet up IRL when they can with people they have met in WoW. I am in this latter catergory.
Some of the more long term readers of RiE may remember that back in May I had a little break from posting as I had guildies staying with me. This has also been the case recently. Currently we are hosting a pair of WoW guildies, and have had them staying with us since the week before Christmas and they are with us until next weekend. Also, over the next couple of days, we are expecting at least two more to show up for New Year, and originally we had up to another four possibly showing as well, but they have had to cancel due to work etc. This got me thinking earlier in the year, and again now, about how we came to meet these people and how if it wasn’t for WoW we never would have meet them.
The marvels of the internet mean that we can talk as easily to someone on the other side of the world as we can someone in the same room. Combining this with an immersive environment such as WoW puts together a lot of people from different countries who have forged lasting friendships but who would never have met otherwise. Through my guilds, I have met people from Russia, Korea, South Africa, Australia, America and just about every country in Europe. These are people who I otherwise would never had the chance to know (I don’t travel a lot and besides; how many friends do you make on a holiday?) and some of whom I am now sharing my house with and have had an awesome Christmas with. I think it is wonderful that I can share something like this time of year with new friends from Sweden, Holland and Portugal. They say that friends are the family you choose for yourself, and I think that is very true.
On a larger scale, Warcraft in general has introduced me to a huge range of people across the world, both in game and out. If I hadn’t started blogging and then getting active on Twitter, forums etc I would never have met a whole bunch of amazing fellow gamers. As with guildies, maybe I will meet some of them some day, maybe not, but either way I have come across some rather awesome people and an excellent community – whatever people say (and is true) about the online community in general (and WoW specifically), those people who generally go that bit further to do something they love (such as a blog) are on the whole an awesome bunch of people and restore one’s faith in humanity when compared to the dross covering the forums etc.
I know this is a rather meandering post and not really going anywhere, but I just felt it really needed to be said how wonderful it is to be a part of a community like this, even this event itself – a group of random people taking the time to write, draw or whatever a little something for someone else they don’t even know.
While I am always thankful for the social side of the game, it is especially at this time of year and seeing all the FFW posts, greetings across Twitter etc, and sitting down to large tasty meals with guildies for company that I really think it is particularly amazing, and I am even more grateful for the people I have met and become friends with.
So to Oestrus, my guildies and everyone else out there helping to make an awesome community and contributing to new friendships and such throughout WoW
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!