For the Horde
My opening article is going to try and explain a bit of myself to the readers. I tend to lose myself in fiction books, whether it is sci-fi, or fantasy. Those are my biggest time sinks in terms of what I read. And when I’m into a series, I feel as though I am one of the characters. The same thing happens to me if I get really involved with a video game. I spent a year playing my character in Fallout 3. And while playing it, I felt as though I was living it. I’d find myself crouching randomly in public because in the game it helped with my stealth. That’s how dedicated my mind gets with games sometimes. Take that Fallout reference, and throw it into an MMO. Not just any MMO…but World of Warcraft. The biggest MMO to ever hit the stage. There was a time that I lived and breathed on WoW time (World of Warcraft.) This was back when you needed to find 39 other people in order to kill a boss that you most likely didn’t even know the reason of why you needed to kill him. (Seriously, will you sit through 4 pages of text to find out why you need to kill a guy..or would you just hit the custom UI button of “next” to skip through those pages.)Anywho, this was back before the first expansion that Blizzard did. So you were stuck with trying to figure out the best way that 40 strangers, via the internet, could work together in order to kill an NPC. Slight aside, this was also when the majority of the player buffs lasted all of 5 to 10 minutes. 40 random people on the internet can’t do anything in that time period. Needless to say, this MMO “game” turned into a job. I’d spend 8 hours on a Sunday trying to do this whole “Raid” thing so that we could progress in the game. It was during this time frame that my wife at the time decided it would be perfect for us to host a “movie night.” The movie in question was “Session 9.” The basic premise is that there is a group of guys hired to demolish the building, but as they start the demolishing they come across some recorded sessions of one of the people that was held in the asylum. Good movie, definitely recommend it if you haven’t seen it. To the point (yes, I ramble) the first time we watched the movie I had fallen asleep due to a combination of general lack of sleep and a bit of alcohol. At one point the other three people watching the movie were discussing the reasoning behind why the things were happening at the asylum. Me, in my deprived drunk sleep decided that I would chime in. My reasoning for what was happening in the movie? “For the Horde!” That was my first lesson on how what we read/watch/or play can affect our lives in real time. To this day, I fall back on “For The Horde” because it works. Healthcare? For the HORDE! Civil Unions? For the HORDE! Yeah.. I know..I’m geeky..It’s cool. I’ll survive the zombies with my swords.