So… Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is back in Draenor. I liked the first visit, with the weirdly shattered, floating-in-space landscape, but hey, if they could Cataclysm the geewhillikers out of Azeroth (a pox on them for flooding Thousand Spires!), they can go fix Draenor with some superglue and spackle.
I have something of a love/disgruntled relationship with World of Warcraft. There are elements of it that I don’t care for, but it’s a lovely world and I love flying around in it. I did finally get a character to the level cap in Pandaria, and do a little shuffling around in the endgame dungeons and Timeless Isle. Since I hit level 90, I can fly around Pandaria, too, and that meant I spent a few days’ worth of game time just flying around, taking screenshots. I still have fun with the game, warts and all. That last binge used up my last game credit from the now-defunct WoW Visa, though, which is unfortunate.
Lately I’ve been wondering if I can’t kill two birds with one stone, though. Y’see, I’ve been supremely busy of late trying to find a job after circumstance effectively “retired” me from the game industry. I’ve worked as a Technical Artist in games for almost a decade, but with a crummy economy and young, enthusiastic grads always ready to be fed to the beast, I was over the hill anyway, and fell out of the industry due to a company downsizing.
So it goes.
Anyway, wouldn’t it be grand to have a fairy godpatron step up and offer me a full time job, being a tourist and photographer in the revised Draenor? Take screenshots, write guides, opine about… everything. I know, I know, that’s the dream of millions of devoted Blizzard devotees, and I’m just as likely to point out problems as I am to praise the finer points. Who would pay for that?
I’m sure I’ll play around in Draenor once the expansion goes on sale and I can free up some time and justify the cost. (The cost isn’t just the $15, it’s the time spent since I have to get what I want to done before the timer runs out.) I’ll take some screenshots, mess around in a few dungeons, have some fun.
In the meantime, it’s good to see people having fun in the game. It’s not a perfect game, but it’s hanging in there, and though I don’t have a hand in its creation, it is nice to see a game appreciated by its patrons. Sometimes the simple joy of playing is lost in the periodic waves of griping, and the early days of a WoW expansion tend to hit higher points of optimism in the expansion life cycle waveform.
So… have fun, everyone! I’ll be along later.