Well, its without a doubt that this devoted healer of nature will end up as a Wildseed in Ardenweald. Thank you hero for being on the front lines of this disaster, and pray to the Light, and the Winter queen we come out of this moving forward. Stay Strong Maw Walkers.
I have felt this way about WoW since I found it in August 2008. After losing my dominant arm in Iraq in 2006 I thought I would never find a game or even a way to play video games ever again. I was in a real dark place and being able to immerse myself into the World of Azeroth really helped me in a way that counselling and family just couldn't. Thirteen years later and I am still playing without missing a beat. I play a healer because in some way I hope to be able to repay other Azerothians and by extension Blizzard for providing me an outlet for my depression and anxiety. I love this game, my guild and (most of the time) the community and I will never stop playing WoW until they take the servers off line.
I am not a nurse or a health care worker, so what I've been going through doesn't compare to what they have.Having said that, I am an essential worker and have been working through this pandemic, with the public, this entire time. I have been working with half the staff I normally do, since my company doesn't want to be held liable for "high risk" individuals and have them working from home. I myself am considered high risk but chose not to divulge that information so as not to be additional stress onto my co-workers and/or force a shutdown of my location.It has been very stressful and very, very exhausting. Being able to come home and play this new expansion has been quite helpful for decompressing. Even when at times I don't really have the energy to do much in game, just running around looking at this beautiful new world that Blizzard created has helped.I know that a lot of people have taken issue with this expansion and their issues are legit and I understand how they could feel the way they do... but for me, I have enjoyed it and more than I did the last one.
I have been playing WOW since vanilla, at that time I was working as flight medic for the DOD. For me this game and this community has always been a way to leave the real world stresses in the rear view for a while. The ability to recharge is even more important now since I work as a critical care nurse. I can't express how much of a pick me up some of the silly easter eggs in the game and the comments they generate really are.JG
Ohkay so glad I wasn't the only one. My brain was doing gymnastics trying to understand the title haha!
I lost my brother to COVID-19 the day before Thanksgiving. We played WoW together for 12, almost 13, years with a year break during MoP. His account renewed the day after he died so now I have his account with 6 months of game time on it and I'm not feeling able to log in to his account or my own. We used to use WoW as an escape ourselves, but now the game is too difficult for me to even log into. A game that was once an escape for me is now just a sad reminder. It's harder to play especially when the only one I played with was my brother. It's good that others enjoy this expansion and can use it to get away from the realities we face now, but others of us can't even stand Shadowlands because it hits far too close to home. An expansion on death during a pandemic where hundreds of thousands have died is a bit much. While I'm aware Blizzard wasn't counting on a pandemic when they were planning Shadowlands, it's a bit too on the nose right now.
I previously worked Quality Assurance with Team 2 for a few years at the end of my career in the industry and it really makes you feel good seeing posts like this even as a former team member. The joy that the project I worked on and still love deeply is able to give people an escape and something to enjoy with everything going on right now definitely gets me in the feels. Unfortunately I had to leave the industry because of chronic health conditions but I too have gotten a lot of much needed wholesome time thanks to Shadowlands. I've been helping share the game with a group of my friends and help them achieve new accomplishments in Azeroth. Keep your heads up and stay true fellow champions! We're all getting through this together.FOR THE HORDE! ...... and sometimes the Alliance too. <3 Oxwald
I'm crying. I feel so much the same way, and get SO ANGRY whenever people QQ about the game. Thank you Blizz <3