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WoW, Man, Can You Dig It?

Last night, my brain demanded recreation of some kind, any kind. As I've been in a recurrent mood for bright, flashy fantasy lately, I went back to WoW; as I've become rather bored with my blue space goat wizard, I started both a wargen warlock, and a pandaren fighter.

I AM A CLICHÉ.

Some things I noticed: first of all, both the wargen and the pandaren starting areas are way more interesting than the blue space goats'. Presumably this is because they were made later, in a post-grind-as-content environment that actually tries to have some story. I heartily applaud this.

Second, the two starting areas feel very different from each other; it's almost like playing two different games. The wargen starting area reminds me of Van Helsing, somewhere between Hollywood's version of Transylvania and 19th century Austria full of darkness and fog; the pandaren starting area is a Kung Fu vision of mythic china crossed with The Shire, full of cheerful toony panda-folk being very polite and going on about food.

That's just neat. :)

The net result of all this is that I stayed up past 3 a.m. happily leveling up multiple characters in a game which I had previously believed to be little more than a grind-fest. (I REGRET NOTHING!) Turns out the class/race combo you choose makes a big difference!

Mind you, the staying up past 3 a.m. part is not entirely because WoW was so exciting. I just needed the downtime. I could have easily been up that late reading a book or playing solitaire. But given that I was doomed to be up 'til the Whee! hours, I'm glad I was using the time to do something more fun than killing 10 rats.

-The Gneech

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murakozi
Jul. 15th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
If you liked the Worgen starting area, I'd recommend either logging on to an old Horde character or rolling a temporary Forsaken character. The Horde quests in Silverpine give a bit more info on what is/was happening in Gilnaes.

Also, the Goblin starting zones are actually kind of fun as well.
stilghar
Jul. 15th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I've been playing the ever-loving crap out of Wing Commander 2 lately. :P

Played 1 and SM1 on the SNES, but never played all the way through 2 and the expansions.
the_gneech
Jul. 15th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
Fun. :) Hobbes is a cool character. Too bad about [WC3 SPOILERS].

-TG
stilghar
Jul. 15th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I always thought that was kinda lame, even with the holo he left for Blair (cut from original version of game, but you can see it on Youtube or the 3DO or PS1 versions.)

Edited at 2013-07-15 04:45 pm (UTC)
shockwave77598
Jul. 15th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
If only I had time to play it :(
jamesbarrett
Jul. 16th, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
For what's it's worth, I was also up past 3 am playing Bioshock Infinite. Oh you games, the things you make me do. :P
smrgol_t_kirin
Jul. 16th, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
What server(s) do you play on?
the_gneech
Jul. 16th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
"Moon Guard" is the name as I recall. :)

-TG
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