Alex used to play World of Warcraft but then he stopped. In his own words, “I’m a winner, it’s what I do.” – Interview & Photos by +Raven
A friend of mine told me he started playing this video game, and that I needed to play with him.† And I did.† And I got addicted.† Within the first 24 hours. Yeah, it was really, really bad.† I started playing and I didnít stop.† For months and months and months. That was 6-7 months ago.† And now I donít play anymore.
My family hated it with a passion.† It took up family time; I never had time for anything else.
Basically, all of the bad guys would attack me, and I would keep their focus while everybody else did the damage to the group while the healer kept me alive. I had the most health and protection in the group. Theyíre the badasses. Theyíre completely snotty, kind of human, but high-class humans. They think theyíre better than everybody else. I think Iím better than everybody else. I tend to be pretty straight-forward, and Iím a pretty big guy.
I had a warlock; he was an affliction warlock. I would cast these spells that did damage over time. I had a night elf druid; he was a healer. Night elf so I could get a Nightsaber, which is a tiger that you ride. Night elves are good, blood elves are bad. Night elves are purple skinned, one with the earth. Blood elves are snotty; all they want is to reap the rewards, and donít give a crap about the environment or anything.
My first characterís name was Alexian. So stupid. I hated that name.
I love the game, but of course, it made everything else really strained. I never got to hang out with my friends, and my parents were really pissed off at me. I was always in my room. They didnít like it too much. They think itís for losers. Because itís a video game where there are dragons, warlocks, dragons, magicians, and warriors, stuff like that. It goes along with the whole idea of Dungeons & Dragons, which has never been cool. Neither is World of Warcraft; itís not ďcool.Ē Everybody automatically gets this picture in their head. I mean, you donít think of an Abercrombie model playing World of Warcraft, you think of a big guy sitting in his chair eating potato chips with his headset on.
I think we definitely should own guns. Right to bear arms. I love guns; Iíve been shooting my whole entire life. Granted, I was raised in the South, so itís a part of life.
Absolutely. I think more hours are spent on Facebook every day than World of Warcraft, easily. Games like Farmville and Mafia Wars. I get tons of Farmville requests every day. But Iíve never played any of those games. You can put yourself in that reality instead of going out and having to do something physically.
When people abbreviate shit that doesnít need to be abbreviated. Before PacSun was called PacSun, it was called Pacific Sunwear. Now people call it PacSun. It really pisses me off. Thereís a restaurant called El Sombrero. People call it El Som. Itís not called El Som, itís called El Sombrero. Oh, and fake people. I hate posers. And haters. I canít hate anyone. Hating takes too much energy.
No. There was never a balance. It was either all World of Warcraft or none. I would take breaks, month or two month long breaks. It was either hardcore the entire way or none.
I had 15 characters. I had 3 mains.
Gainesville State College for Biological Sciences. Crime scene investigation. Because I like solving mysteries and issues. Watching TV. I was always really good at figuring out whodunit. I weightlift a lot. I chill with my friends. I like to chill – chill with my bros. I do what an 18 year old dude does. I work and chill with my friends. Thatís it. And weightlift. Thatís my hobby.
A panther. Because of Sex Panther. Panther or cougar. No, Iím being completely serious. Or a Neapolitan Mastiff. Fang from Harry Potter? Neapolitan Mastiff. Purple. ĎCause itís bro. ĎCause itís chill.
That’s what she said.
I was a loser. Freshman year, I was pretty popular. After that, it went downhill. I started playing World of Warcraft.
My name is Alex. Iím a winner. Itís what I do.
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