ALT:ernative Chat has a World of Warcraft 10 year anniversary project and I encourage you to check it out and to hopefully participate.
She’s wanting to ask as many existing AND past players the below questions and then to compile the answers along with some interviews.
I think this is an awesome idea and I am happy to participate in any way, I look forward to seeing the outcome. So without further ado, here are my answers:
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
I was playing Dark Age of Camelot and everyone was talking about this new game still in beta. There was an offer by one of the news sites: join their service to get into a stress test. This was in August or Sept 2004 and as soon as I logged into the game, I was completely enthralled and hooked. I knew I was never going back.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
My paladin Katherinne (now Katherinn since she changed servers). She is and has always been my main character.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
My last character in DAOC was a paladin (also named Katherinne) and as a Christian, I really loved the idea of The Light. The Light was also my motivation behind choosing Aldor in Burning Crusade even though Scryer offered some better choices for my role and trade.
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
The first three minutes: flying around Elwynn Forest/Stormwind and landing at Northshire Abbey. I realized that it wasn’t a cinematic but I was actually flying above other players, I could see them running around below! I had never seen a game do that before and was totally blown away.
My second memorable moment was when our raid killed Nefarian. That was a huge high due to how much work had gone into it. I felt the same satisfaction when finally obtaining my Legendary Cloak, I had never owned a legendary before.
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
I’ve always played for the social aspect of making friends and hanging out but I loved the art and the music. I had no prior Warcraft knowledge so at a later date I became interested in Titan and Dragon lore.
But I think the people I’ve met have been awesome and come on, the music and art are so beautiful! I remember on the last night of open beta, I ran as far as I could go to see as much as I could see. I was only around level 14 so I’d die and keep running, die and keep running!
I do find that if I am not raiding in some capacity, I tend to get bored. I love the cooperative aspect of raiding, everyone working toward the same goal and the excitement and satisfaction that comes when achieving that goal.
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
I find myself going to Northrend and Dalaran a lot, you may notice that in my posts. I just loved that expansion. Valley of the Four Winds is my favorite Pandaria zone so I expect I will be returning there considering how much I love Mists of Pandaria. It is the most beautiful expansion to date imo.
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
On Katherinn(e) it’s been 347 days, 16 hrs, 40 mins (dropping seconds)
But I have a ton of alts so with the ones I still have the total is:
437 days, 5 hours, 2 mins
Who knows what the hours are for the alts I have started and deleted so maybe add a day total?
I have taken three breaks but they were never longer than three months.
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
I do! As long as I’m not being beaten on by a mob. I find it adds so much more and gives hints to what is coming later.
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
I’ve never regretted that I started playing. I do regret that I am unable to play with a lot of the people I used to since they left the game. I have been able to keep up with some of them through other means though.
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
My involvement started my blogging. I had a teacher who told me I should write and the game has provided a platform.
You can’t do something for ten years and it not affect you in many ways so I have learned things about myself through interactions with friends in the game, going to Blizzcon, etc.
I do find that I have two lives though, the gaming one and the one that everyone else sees. Most of the people around me at work and even my family do not play and think it odd that someone my age does so I tend to not say much about it.