Consider IRL – Zach
May 5, 2010 8 Comments
It’s always interesting (to me, anyways) to find out who the person is behind the player.
Of course it doesn’t actually matter. If a person is ten or twenty or fifty, if a person is in high school or in college or in a career, if a person lives off their parents or their own hard work or their lucky lottery winnings… it doesn’t affect what type of player they are and how good they may or may not be at the game. I’ve played with adult men with families or jobs who were plain horrible. I’ve played with teenage girls still living at home going to high school who were amazing. I’ve seen everything between those two extremes. The fact is, real life circumstances have near zero relationship to in-game performance.
However, let’s be honest: human curiosity demands one know. Could that person you’re playing with be your fifth grade teacher, that creepy neighbor in the house next door, or that celebrity all over the news? Is that person who claims to have a son who sounds suspiciously like you actually your dad? Is that person praising every little change in the game, no matter how controversial or poorly thought-out it may be, actually a Blizzard employee? The possibilities are endless, and you have no way of actually knowing who they are short of them explicitly telling you (and even then you only have their word to go by).
And, besides, there are some genuinely legitimate reasons to be interested in the person behind the player, especially if you’re a guild leader evaluating a promising application. What if the person is still in high school, and thus doesn’t have full control over their own playtime? What if the person lives with their parents, and thus can’t talk on vent late at night for fear of waking them? What if the person is in the military, and thus is subject to long periods of unplayable time or poor internet conditions? Real life can cross into the game, particularly if you’re younger.
So, it does matter. Somewhat, anyways. The obvious question then: Who am I?
Located in Florida, living in an apartment with a single roommate, I’m currently a full time student working on my degree in elementary education, while at the same time holding down a part time job at a nearby after school elementary program. Aside from the occasional HoN game, there’s nothing I really play outside of WoW. I’m an avid reader who can go through a book or two a day and am interested in authors as varied as John Grisham to Ayn Rand to George R. R. Martin (as if he’ll ever come out with the next book!).
Oh, and my name is Zach.
Am I the most fascinating person on the planet? Of course not – not even close! However, that is me in a nutshell, and hopefully it sheds a bit of light on where I’m coming from in regards to some of my writing.
Until next time, good night.