Blessings and Curses
So in case my complete lack of discussing the new patch didn’t reveal them, I figured I’d post today on my WoW issues. I haven’t been on to WoW since a week or so before 5.0. I had updated my WoW client and was ready to hop on and check things out, but GW2 was taking precedence for the time being. Then, when I had some time and was looking to play, my computer died.
I won’t go into great detail about what happened, but suffice it say it started blue screening. I figured it was the new Nvidia driver I’d installed, so I rolled back to the previous one, but it continued to blue screen. I wiped out potential problems one at a time to no avail. Finally, I engaged THE FINAL SOLUTION and formatted the hard drive and reinstalled windows. It bluescreened on startup.
So it seemed to be a hardware problem. I’ve installed upgraded components to computers and know my way around hardware to some minimal extent, but I didn’t want to play musical components, spending more and more money to MAYBE find the problem, so I said the hell with it and bought a new computer.
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “You shouldn’t shop for groceries when you’re hungry.” Well, you shouldn’t shop for computers when you’ve spent 72 hours trying to fix one. All I could think was how tired I was of dealing with computer problems, so I may or may not have made a logical purchase. Regardless, the computer is, as they say, in the mail.
So in the meantime I’ve been playing on my wife’s work laptop. It’s a decent machine, and with it all plugged in to my peripherals the overall gaming experience is little changed. But it won’t run WoW. I used to play WoW, but since 5.0, the game crashes during the post-character selection loading screen every time. If I hadn’t just bashed my head against a brick wall dealing with my old computer, I’d just figure out the problem, but I’m tired of that, so I haven’t seen the pre-release stuff, and with the release right around the corner, I doubt I’ll get to experience it.
Which may be a blessing or a curse, from what I hear. I’m moderately interested in the new character mechanics, but like most old men, I’m getting tired of the constant change and kind of liked the way things were. I’m not necessarily to primed to relearn the game for the fifth time, I guess. On top of that, there’s been a lot of back and forth about the story telling, which has been a great criticism of mine in some recent MMOs and expansions, so I’m not sure I’d want to subject myself to that yet again.
Still, there are things left unfinished. I’ve not missed a preirelease event – ever – and don’t really want to miss this one, no matter how bad it may have been. Also, Navi and I have been trying to meet up for about a month now to no avail so I could be a part of one of her Navispams. For that, I’m truly sorry; hopefully once the new computer gets here, I’ll be able to.
And, if I’m completely honest with myself, I do want to see the changes. I do want to see the story, even if it is badly done. I am after all a WoW blogger, and missing out on the new content makes me feel self-excluded. I guess I’m just not sure where I fully stand.
Either way, when the new computer gets here, I’ll make a decision. Until then, thoughts? Is it worth it? Should I worry?
Stubborn (and torn)