Wrapping up my Positive WoW Stories contest, here is the Honorable Mention from Artemis! Many of us use WoW as our own personal sanctuary, but Artemis was able to truly lose herself in the game, escaping a negative home life that seemed all but hopeless.
After 4+ years of playing the game, it’s no longer about the things she broke away from, but all the wonderful things she gained.
This is Artemis’ story:
World of Warcraft has made a huge splash in my life and many of those around me. Flash back to the month that The Burning Crusade came out in stores, I was unhappily married, in a dead end job and working my ass off, and generally miserable in every other aspect of my life. I was 24 years old and I felt like absolutely nothing inspired me,.no pretty sites to see or distant lands I could afford to travel to, I spent much of my time reading or doing web design. In fact the only reason I was interested in buying the game was for my husband whom I simply just wanted more time away from, I had no idea I would be drawn in and completely addicted in a months time.
At first I started off playing the game only to appease my spouse, I started off as a night elf alone in Teldrassil doing Dolanaar quests and dying miserable death after miserable death, talk about feeling like an even bigger fail at life, hard to believe I was a druid. Perhaps it was the peace the spirit healer as I took res sickness over and over or the soothing music, the utter illusion that I was running through the woods of an enchanted land far away from all of my life’s frustrations, regardless before I knew it I was hooked. On the bus ride to work each day I would hear the songs of Warcraft beckoning me to play, come home from work to a mean spouse and escape into a tranquil wonderland where I felt satisfaction for small progresses made, finally rewards!
For the longest time I played alone, the way I liked it, but in a short time I made some really great friendships! There are two friendships that I would never take back, my brother whom is 10 years older than I, had it not been for this game we wouldn’t of had a relationship at all being that we lived several provinces away from each other and like completely different things in life. At first it was the texts on the bus to work that made me laugh, because he quickly became obsessed with leveling our characters together, my priest and his warrior, could it have been a better partnership between siblings? He was my meat sack and I the healer, there was little we couldn’t accomplish and the visits to the spirit healer were fewer and fewer. What can beat stress release from a bad day at work than coming home and doing bombing quests in Quel Danas? RAIDING KARAZHAN!! If it was a Friday then it was the laughs of my brother and our guild members over Ventrilo lasting long until the wee hours of Saturday morning. I had finally found something to look forward to, someone to laugh with and plot out our gearing schemes! Just when I thought it couldn’t get better I met a bold paladin tank, his tanking was to die for!
That bold paladin tank was friendly and funny, helpful and kind. At first it started out with quests, crafting mats and someone to do the holiday quests with. Then later a confidant, a shoulder to cry on and help me make my real life dreams come true! My first marriage, the reason I started playing to begin with had taken it’s toll on me, I felt that love was impossible and nothing but a game for people to control one another, the whole thing was hopeless! Thankfully I was shown otherwise, by a paladin that would yell obscene non existent words when he got a new piece of gear, such as ‘Orgasmic’ at first he was a crack up and a beam of light that life could be different and now he is my husband. If not for World of Warcraft we would never have met and I believe that my life would have still been dismal.
Being with my paladin tank meant moving out of the home I owned which was slowly turning into a money pit but one of few things I was proud of, leaving my job that I hated as well as the husband I couldn’t stand any longer, and my beautiful country, but I promise you that anything with making any sacrifice for is worth it! When I got off the plane and saw my paladin in person for the first time it was like we played a joke on the world and only we knew we had gotten away with it! We literally drove off into the sunset together without the discomfort of riding individual mounts. My bold paladin tank has resurrected me from real life, together we have taken down many evil dragons and we of course still play World of Warcraft together, this x-mas I surprised him with matching Alliance hoodies so we are always together even when we are apart, it will be three years this May.
Amanda (Årtëmis @ Alextrasza server)
Thanks Artemis, and thanks everyone for sharing your stories with me! It was an honor to read them.