Seed, the Aol guest writer program that brings your words to WoW Insider's pages.
I started my first year at a liberal arts college this past August, choosing a liberal arts college because I had virtually no idea what I wanted to do with my life. The first week was soul-crushingly hard, and I felt like a piece of flotsam in an ocean, lost and without direction. I was talking with my family about this, and they told me to consider the following scenario: If I could do anything at all and education wasn't an issue, what would it be?
It was then that I had an epiphany of sorts: I wanted to design games. More specifically, I wanted to design games that were as powerful as World of Warcraft, reaching across cliques, age, gender, occupation, ethnicity and geographical location and making people happy. Bringing players together to have fun and enjoy an amazing idea (despite the impressive technical implications) is most awe-inspiring to me because of its relative simplicity. I envision a game in which people anywhere across the world could play together, with more to do than just kill X, grind Y.
World of Warcraft has allowed people to do amazing things, from letting people make friends they would never have otherwise met, to simply allowing a father to connect to his terminally ill child. I want to be an integral part of something that extraordinary. Has WoW ever inspired you in any way, be it big or small?