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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Level 90

So I got two of my World of Warcraft toons up to level 90. While this was no mean feat, the fact of the matter is that I breezed through many levels simply because a friend invited me to play and we campaigned together for something like a 30% XP bonus. I have a handful of other toons from various races and classes that I started leveling then kind of abandoned, mostly because I didn't care so much for playing that class - but that isn't what this post is about.

It's about all the things there are to do when you hit 90. Aside from dailies and dungeoneering, there are achievements, mounts to acquire, Battle Pets to find and level, and at least a dozen other things that make playing the game a lot more like work than it probably should be. However, there comes with them a sense of accomplishment that is misleading.

While I am doing things with my characters in World of Warcraft that take time and effort and are (often only mildly) impressive to fellow gamers, the fact of the matter is that I am accomplishing nothing IRL. Were I to put that time and energy toward literally anything else in my life, I might well be famous or even rich (I'd much rather be rich). Still, it's a lot of fun leveling then leveling-off a toon in World of Warcraft, it just shouldn't feel so much like actual work!

So I'm forcing myself to stay off of it more and more - to watch TV, read a book, surf the Internet - do basically anything other than work obsessively on my toons. Of course, as an officer in two guilds, that isn't easy.

I truly love World of Warcraft and invite anyone and everyone to play - it's a blast! However I have personally devoted a lot of time and energy toward a video game that has no real-life application and I have to step back a bit and focus on other things.

Still, there is a hell of a lot to do once you hit 90.

© C Harris Lynn, 2013

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