“This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”
– T.S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men.”
I always imagined that when the time came for me to quit World of Warcraft that I would go out in a blaze of glory. I fantasized about going out like Jack Berger and randomly shouting “Fuck you and fuck you!” before casually walking off and going about my business like such a random outburst never happened.
Or maybe I would go out in the most passive-aggressive way possible. I would tell people I was quitting the game, leave a huge goodbye post on various forums and check back often to see who would miss me or who would try to convince me to stay.
Instead, it just kind of happened. I received an e-mail from Blizzard, telling me that my subscription could not be renewed because the credit card linked to my account was no longer valid. This is because I had to cancel my debit card a few weeks ago, due to some unauthorized charges that were made to my checking account. Normally, I would have been all over that. I would have been tapping my fingers impatiently on my desk while staring at the login screen, waiting for my payment to go through so I could keep playing.
This time, I took a good, long look at the e-mail and deleted it. Just like that, I had decided that I would not be renewing my subscription to World of Warcraft and that I was ready to finally move on with my life and with my gaming experience. No string of expletives. No emotional forum posts. No one last thing before I go.
I have been spending a lot more time playing Rift and I’m really enjoying it. I belong to a great guild that is home to some familiar faces in the blogosphere who I can see myself doing big things with. With that said, I have decided to begin posting regularly about topics pertaining to Rift, specifically healing and the calling that I play. I feel inspired in ways that I haven’t experienced in a long time and I’m eager to pour out my thoughts and feelings here.
Because Rift is a new game, they don’t have the resources that World of Warcraft does. There isn’t an Elitist Jerks or a Blog Azeroth or a WoWInsider just yet. There aren’t many personal blogs out there that talk about things from a player’s perspective. There is a huge niche out there that could be filled and I would like to be one of the first to fill it. It’s a huge opportunity and I look forward to giving it a shot and seeing what becomes of it. I plan on giving my blog a face lift, too, to reflect that I’m going in a new direction.
I have no intention of deleting World of Warcraft from my computer. I have nothing bad to say about the game or those who continue to play it. I still plan on going to BlizzCon in a couple of months and continuing to support those who I regularly follow and enjoy reading. The Double O Podcast is still going strong and you can count on Ophelie and I to continue bringing you the best episodes we possibly can and to keep talking about the things that you all want to hear about.
They say that lightning never strikes twice.
We’ll see about that!