Anytime I question if a certain expansion in WoW will be my last, as I ponder the question I always ask myself “what would I do if I didn’t play WoW?”. Because unless I can answer that question, I’m not entirely sure that it’s my time to hang up my branches and move on to other things. Especially if I am still enjoying the content, and generally still enjoying the game. However, no one can play WoW indefinitely, so being the OCD planner that I am, I’m always considering and thinking about what will occupy my time when the inevitable finally arrives.
As I struggle to find out what is wrong with my hands, these are thoughts that have come even more to the forefront of my mind. What will happen if the doctor says “you have xyz, and you must spend more time away from the computer”, or “you have abc and it will require surgery and months of rehabilitation”. So even though I have no plans of leaving the game at this time, I still ask myself that question. What would I do if I didn’t have WoW anymore?
I asked this on Twitter last night, just out of curiosity, and I found that I got a wide array of responses from people who have also contemplated this question. What I found somewhat interesting were those who indicated that they had quit the game, but ended up coming back because what was on the other side of WoW really wasn’t all that appealing after all.
While there were some very unique responses yesterday to how people would occupy their now free time, there were also several answers that were quite similar:
- Read more.
- Play other games.
- Watch more TV.
- Various Arts and Crafts activities.
This, of course, got me thinking even more about how I would fill my agenda. I even chatted a bit with Brade about it to see which of my activities he would participate in, and what he would end up doing if he stopped playing. Because, you know, I’m fascinated by the topic and truly curious how other people would fill this now open void in their time. For me here are some of the things that I came up with:
- Take a Photography class or two at the community college. I’ve always been fascinated by people who could take beautiful pictures, and I love to make memories. So I think I could get very much into photography, however I think this would be a fairly expensive hobby if I took it seriously. At least as far as the start up goes.
- Take Tap Dance lessons. I mean, why not? I think it would be a lot of fun, and great exercise! Surely there has to be an adult beginners class out there somewhere. Cost would be fairly low (shoes, taps, lessons, but other than that probably not much).
- Try to talk Brade into taking some Ballroom dancing classes with me. I used to love to polka. During the summers when I worked up at Interlochen they had a band that would go to a local bar and play polka, and there would be dancing. I would do it for hours. I think it might be fun to do some group dancing a couple of times a week.
- I think I would definitely read more as well. Mostly because I read a lot before I started playing WoW, sometimes going through three of four books a week. This can also get very expensive very fast!
- I would spend more time playing with/training my dog. I might even look into some agility classes run by her trainer that are currently only run on raid nights.
- More Exercise. It was very easy for me to work in exercise with WoW when I lived in Atlanta, because our raids didn’t start until later in the evening, so I could come home before raids and run the treadmill and cook dinner before raid time. Now that I’m in Seattle, it’s a rush to get home before raids and make dinner, to sit down at the PC straight away. It’s very easy to then not be motivated to do anything after the raid. Of everything, this is the one thing I regret the most about my current raid schedule.
- Cook. This is something else that I loved to do (and had time to do) before I moved to Seattle. Cook meals. I would try at least one new recipe a week. So I definitely think that I’d cook more. And I’d probably eat a little healthier as a result!
That’s quite a list! Obviously, it’s something I’ve put some thought into. Of course, anytime that I ask myself what I’d do if I didn’t play, I also ask myself what I’d really miss if I didn’t play. This one is very easy for me:
- The interaction and community. I don’t know a lot of people in Seattle, and I’m not overly social. So I don’t really see myself reaching out and magically coming up with tons of friends in the area and a social calendar that is full. It’s just not really who I am. I think that my overall life would be a little less without the day-to-day interactions with people in the game. Even those who irritate me from time to time. And honestly, the social connection is one of the more important things that keeps me playing. I also think it’s something a lot of people overlook or brush off, even though I think it’s one of the most important things about the game.
Because I’m a curious sort, I’d like to know what you’d do if you didn’t play WoW anymore. I’d also be interested to see what you would miss the most about the game!