I've been playing World of Warcraft since the open beta. During that time, I got pregnant and had a baby who is now in third grade. Time really, really does fly. I went from playing Alliance in a guild that included people from work, to playing Horde in a guild full of strangers and The Spousal Unit. I have collector's editions of all of the expansions and have become an unabashed Blizzard fangirl. (I liked both Cataclysm and Diablo 3. There. It's all out in the open now.)
The video above was made when my daughter was three years old. At the time, she didn't do much more in game than run her father's characters off of cliffs for fun. Now she has her own account and we quest together without my having to read her the quest text or explain anything to her.
I no longer work for the video game company I worked for when I first started WoW. Nobody is. They went out of business. But I stopped working there after having the baby and then later I started working here at WoW Insider -- living my dream of becoming a writer while being able (through the hard work of The Spousal Unit) to stay home with our child. So this game has done a lot for me than just being my favorite leisure time activity.
How long have you been playing World of Warcraft? What life changes have you gone through in the meantime? How has playing WoW affected your life -- if at all?
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