Say on average, a movie lasts around two hours. I could have watched more than 2,000 movies over six years, in addition to the many I have already watched. Or say if I spend eight to twelve hours reading a page-turner, I could have read around 450 extra books. Instead, I have poured my 4,606 hours into a massively online game (11 million subscribers), paid around US$1,000 over a period of six years, got lost into the void of fantasy, and then back to the real world, with some good memories to cheer about, some broken memories to cry onto.
In less than 24 hours, something cataclysmic will happen to the world that has devoured a fair bit of my time, a little bit of Cynthia’s time (relatively speaking). The old world will be destroyed. A new dawn is upon us. This online game may have well been inspired by the recent movies featured with the theme of Armageddon, I do not know. Global warming, perhaps. Looking at the trailer, I am excited; Cynthia is excited; my buddy Mark is also excited. My enthusiasm hits them like the rising ocean that hits the shore in this video I share, the raging sea that destroys cities (the image above is taken at Menethil Harbor a week ago, which is now flooded as cataclysm draws close).
A heavy heart, indeed I have one. My intimate knowledge, my fond memory of the so-called old world, will all be gone shortly. Looking back, so much has changed over the years – the social dynamic, the game mechanic, the countless improvements, and the relentless expansion of game contents – what is left in the old world may well be a form, an empty shell that is screaming for a renewal. To that extend, I prefer the game expansion to be named “Cataclysm” instead of “World of Warcraft 2.0”.
Of the ten characters I have, the one I play the most is the one that I have clocked in 1,515 played hours. In the World of Warcraft, It is never too late to do something in that infinite long list of to-do’s. So tonight, to commemorate the eve of cataclysm, I have weaved a flying carpet for my most senior character (see image below). What is taking me so long? Never get round to, I guess. Too many other better things to do, for sure.