Maybe the story was subpar. Maybe there were too many characters to follow and too many name drops.
But this game has been around for 12 years. In 2004, when we had that stunning CGI in Spiderman 2, you could explore Azeroth and to be honest, it didn’t look too terribly different than it does now. In 2004.
I watched cinematics. I discovered Outland, flying for the first time (man, I had goosebumps getting to go wherever I wanted and seeing the stunning sights), explored Northrend, Pandaria, and Draneor. I was there for the earth-shattering Cataclysm.
Lothar. Khadgar. Orgrim. Durotan. They were all characters that I’d heard of, or at least things that were named after them. Varian Wrynn was the boy king. Murlocs beat the shit out of me. Karazhan was massive on the inside and how I desperately wished to see what it might have looked like when it was in its hey-day.
Warcraft was announced in 2006. It really started getting off the ground a few years ago, and almost didn’t happen a handful of times, if I remember correctly.
And now, 14 years after the images of Northshire and Ironforge were being forged into my mind (I was six or seven at the time), I got to see them as they were supposed to be seen. I met Khadgar and Lothar and Orgrim and Gul’dan. I got to see what was supposed to be if we weren’t limited by graphics cards.
I got to see real magic. No wands, no simple flashes of light, but runes coming out of the ground, spells I had cast myself hundreds of times. I had polymorphed. I had ported. I had cast balls of fire and arcane missiles to disable enemies.
This, to me, was more than a fan service or simply a video game movie adaptation. This was, quite literally, my childhood and young adult life summed up in two hours. To look back and see myself and my characters running through the streets of Stormwind and facing off against the masters of the Fel was an opportunity that I’m eternally grateful for.
I loved Warcraft because it was the stories I played out in my back yard on a huge screen, more shiny, new, and gorgeous than I ever could have hoped for.
Anger. Irritation. Hate. Sadness. If you could sum up what my childhood felt like that was it. My parents knew how to present themselves in public but behind closed doors they were anything but kind. My father could be described as a bipolar drunk who was selfish and only cared about money. My mother was constantly being walked all over by my father which made her became a shell of herself and that caused her to pay little attention to her kids. Meaning no affection, no happiness, not even love was shown not just by her but as well from him. They had a vicious cycle of brash arguing that instilled fear to take over me whenever an argument started to rise in loudness. Their definition of love and happiness made me believe that everyone else was faking theirs. That everything was a false image and no one was showing the actual truth. It wasn’t until I met certain people and did certain things that I was able to feel what others have felt all along.
Happy Thursday guys!! I’m going to do a little Top Ten count inspired by The Broke and the Bookish and my follower, putaplant. She asked me for inspirational, awesome quotes that she could turn into a tattoo. When I asked her for specifications, she said: i don’t mind where the quote is from (although i do adore john green and harper lee) or how long it is. i pretty much just want something that will keep me optimistic! anything beautifully written will do, i adore literature! thank you very much!!
I love this idea, so you are very welcome!! I have been wanting to get a quote tattooed on my body for a very long time, but I’m so paranoid that they are going to mess it up. It’s going to happen before Christmas, though, for sure- just wanted more time to save money for it! Despite my reservations, I do have a ton of quotes I would tattoo on my body giving the time, money, and space. Here are my ten favorites, and I would love for you guys to give us some more (or ten!) for inspiration!
1. Do I Dare Disturb the Universe (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)by T.S. Eliot- This is the one I will probably get tattooed on my wrist before I get anything else done. To me, this quote inspires you to live life to the fullest…don’t hold anything back and shake things up! I also love T.S. Eliot.
2. I spent my life folded between the pages of books (Shatter Me)by Tahereh Mafi- This is another one I am getting tattooed on my body, probably rib cage, at some point. I am not obsessed with the Shatter Me series. I liked it a lot, but that’s not the reason I want this quote tattooed. I want this one because it sums up my childhood and growing up…and what I’m doing now. I’ve spent my life reading and I think it’s a great quote to show that. The whole section for that can be found here, but I shortened it so it would fit somewhere small.
3. John Green: Okay, so I don’t have any John Green quotes on my list to get tattooed (yet) but I do find him incredibly quotable, and he seems like a great guy. The most inspirational quotes that he has, to me, are below. I’m going to just group these into one part of my top ten for ease…so I guess it’s not really a top ten…it’s a top 12!
What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable? (An Abundance of Katherines)
I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met. -Funny story, turns out he didn’t write this…it was just mistakenly attributed to him. I just found this out today. You can see what I read here. I still love this quote, though, so go Melody Truong for writing it. Describes Wanderlust for me!
We never need be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken. (Looking for Alaska) Okay…there are a crap ton of beautiful John Green quotes you could use, but I’m going to leave it at that!
4. Harper Lee: I have to admit that while I enjoyed this book I did not get the full effect that most people did because I took so long to read it. I already knew the story BUT I can see why it means so much to some people. If I was going to get a quote from her tattooed on me, it would be:
Until I feared I would lose it. I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
(To Kill a Mockingbird) - that one was always pretty to me!
I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything. (Letters) - F. Scott Fitzgerald- I don’t know if I would ever get this entire quote on me…and it’s less inspirational and more pretty…but man oh man, I love it!! It’s just a gorgeous quote to me. And I love F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Okay this is going to be 1 or 2-3 parts to make it easier to read! So stay tuned for more quotes that I would turn into tattoos. I asked Angel to send me some of hers too, so we’ll get even more ideas!
What quote from a book would you turn into a tattoo?