This could be taken one of two ways...
Those who love WoW like me, would say "Grats!" as it shows the amount of time and dedication I have put into one toon. Which you would see on her achievements (massive time wasting!!). I am amazed that I have spent one year of my life playing this game. I think of all the friends I've made, all the things I've seen that have fired my imagination in rhyme, story and song. I have a bunch of friends with whom I have a common interest, and I play my character reasonably well, and know a few things about dungeons, bosses... areas of interest... NPCs named after pop culture... and have built up a massive collection of pets and mounts and other ridiculous vanity items that clutter my bank and void storage.
Now here are some useless statistics some of which are quite amusing:
- Gold earned from auctions: 4405g 92s 51c
- Yes, I can't make money on the AH to save my life....
- Bandages used: 3
- I'm a healer! Why would I need this?
- Total Deaths: 7477
- Deaths from falling: 73
- Deaths from fatigue: 7
- My daughter's fault, I'm sure
- Flight Paths taken: 899
- Number of hugs: 752
- Total waves: 1255
- Materials produced from disenchanting: 10604
- Items disenchanted: 5531
- Fish and other things caught: 17038
Now the flipside, would be people telling me how I've wasted my life, when I could have been doing something more "constructive". And here it comes, what people PERCEIVE as being a constructive use of your time. We spend 1/4-1/3 of our day sleeping. Or you could say we spend 2 hours a day eating. Or 3 hours a day reading a book. It annoys me how society could think what I do is a waste of time! Wow is like any other hobby, you invest time in it and you see rewards.
One of the lucky things is that I can actually do other things while I'm on WoW. I do often get on the game while I'm at work, usually to do small things, like browse the AH, do my Loremaster, or archaeology - those 5 minute WoW things that don't require a great deal of concentration or a focussed chunk of time. So it's not like I just spent all that time sitting in front of the computer not doing anything, I could have been eating dinner, being at work...
Since I started playing in September 2005, I guess that's almost 7 years of WoW! It makes me wonder what I'll be doing in 7 more years... will I still be here playing this? I suspect that I might, in fact, if WoW still exists, I probably would.
Happy one year of being played, Navimie!