We all know that Sideshow and I are avid gamers. But did you know my parents are gamers too? About a year ago, Sideshow and I piqued their interest enough in WoW to get them playing. They each have their own account and are still enjoying the game. Sure, Sideshow and I had told them about WoW throughout our times playing and they’d be interested in knowing our progress. Now, it’s a bit different having them play as well. We get to talk with them in game, my mom is a loyal reader of the blog, and phone conversations and visits are full of WoW chatter. I thought it might be fun for you, my readers, to hear a little more about them.
… except when I asked them to participate, my dad said, “You’ll have to find your parents first…”
How many characters do you have? What are their levels, classes, and races?
Mom: 9 characters: 80 Blood Elf Mage, 80 Blood Elf Death Knight, 66 Blood Elf Paladin, 16 Dwarf Hunter, 36 Undead Priest, 24 Blood Elf Hunter, and 3 bank alts.
Dad: 7 characters: 80 Orc Hunter, 30ish Blood Elf Hunter, 20ish Troll Hunter, 59 Orc Death Knight, 69 Dwarf Hunter, 66 Night Elf Hunter, and a 68 Draenei Hunter. (Syr’s Note: All his toons are males except the dwarf. Yay for female dwarf love!)
Which faction do you identify the most with?
Mom: For the Horde!
Dad: For the Alliance!
What is your main?
Mom: Kelinarra, my mage, used to be my main, but now it’s Fanatasial, my death knight.
Dad: Yuum, my dwarf.
Why do you prefer that character?
Mom: Fantasial is powerful and I like to smash faces.
Dad: Yum is a beast master hunter and I have a lot of fun playing with her. And, she has big boobs…. I mean, she looks strong chested. I identify well with short characters and she’s cute.
What is your favorite thing to do in game and why?
Mom: It’s not questing! I like raiding, dungeons, and battlegrounds.
Dad: I like the battlegrounds. It’s a nice challenge against other people. Questing doesn’t feel challenging to me.
What is your favorite battleground?
Mom: Alterac Valley. I was able to level Keli from 72 to 80 in there.
Dad: Warsong Gulch. It’s a little more challenging and requires strategy to win. It has smaller teams so there are less afkers.
What is your favorite instance/raid?
Mom: I’ve finished Naxx and am working on Ulduar, so that would be my favorite right now.
Dad: I haven’t been in enough to choose a favorite.
What is your favorite zone to quest in?
Mom: Hillsbrad area.
Dad: Hellfire Peninsula.
What do you look forward to the most about Cataclysm?
Mom: I’m looking forward to the new zones and exploring.
Dad: Being able to fly in the old world and having those zones redone because the lower levels are a lot of fun to play. I like the old world, but some of it is kind of boring now. I’m also interested in hunter changes and Worgen.
What was your first gaming experience?
Dad: Pac Man, Asteroids, Crystal Caves, Missile Command, Circus, Pitfall, Pole Position, and all those classics on the Atari. I used to dream about Pac Man in my sleep. We used to play late into the night. Then later on, Tetris was quite addictive.
Mom: Same as your dad since we played all of those together.
What is your favorite gaming memory?
Mom: Reaching level 80 in WoW.
Dad: Fitting all our Sierra games onto one 20MB hard drive, so we could move away from disk play.
What was your favorite game to play with me when I was younger?
Mom: Asteroids, Crystal Caves, Mario, Duck Hunt and a lot more. (Syr’s Note: It wasn’t Mortal Kombat. I was pretty ruthless with my mighty footsweeps.)
Dad: Playing through Black Cauldron (Sierra – PC) together. But when we moved to arcade games, you started beating me all the time.
What was your favorite “old school” game?
Mom: I really enjoyed the King’s Quest series by Sierra.
Dad: Leisure Suit Larry by Sierra.
Am I evil?
Dad: No, you are my precious little princess.
Mom: You can be, but you also have helped me out of jams. Like that time when I was questing in Searing Gorge with some friends. There was a flagged Alliance player who kept getting in our way, and one of the people I was with ended up attacking him. We were flagged and getting killed. You came out and killed those Alliance players for us.
Anything else that you want to share?
Mom: I’ve been playing WoW for a year now and it’s my only online game at this time.
Dad: Yeah, but nobody wants it… Oh, don’t forget we had a lot of fun running the BBS and playing Legend of the Red Dragon (LORD).
There ya have it folks! (And a big THANK YOU to my parents for being good sports!)