Ok, I'm been playing wow for two years now. I can hardly believe how much time I have sunk into this game lol. I've taken breaks, but somehow I always come back. I admit it, I am truly addicted. It's sad, but WoW is harder to quit than caffine or cigarettes. Seriously. If you are not hooked, don't start :P (But if you do, let me know and we can do a Refer a friend lol)
After two years, I have played ever class a little (although I've never gotten a warrior past like 15 or a rogue past about 25). I have leveled two priests to 80, as well as a mage, a paladin, and a druid. I have a hunter (who was my first 70 back when that was the level cap) sitting at 78. I have another druid at like 60. And a lock (my baby toon) who's now 57. Sad, right? I think I have something like 140 combined played days. And that doesn't count the toons I deleted along the way. Which are quite a few, and some of them in the 30s.
See what I mean? Addiction.
Somewhere in the process, just like in fan fic, you make friends and then both move in other directions.
So today, I was going through some of the people I've loved and lost on www.wowheros.com
And you know what? A lot of the people I respected as knowing so much/being ubergeared gods? DOn't seem that way now. Oh, some do. But a lot of them, I'm as geared as them.
Now, I can't help but be curious as to why this is. I know they raid more, and more hardcore, than I do. Is it really the way they've changed badge gear? It almost has to be.
Then that brings me to question 2. Is this a good thing? I'm still not sure. Part of me says yes. It certainly has been for me! I could never have geared up all of the above 80s (and they aren't all 'geared' but they are all acceptably geared for instances and heroics and naxx) without badges. But at the same time, there is something to be said for looking at a toon on the armory and seeing them in all purples and knowing that they're all drops.