Sometimes as I’m happily jaunting around Azeroth, stopping here and there to herb or mine or unleash vengeance on some random baddie, I will encounter a small, innocent, delicate critter. You know the type – cute critter face, single digit critter level, low critter HP… Awww! Squee!
And at that point one of two things will happen. In the first scenario, the Evil Closet Monkey (or ECM, for short) who lives in my brain will hop out screaming “DESTROY!”, in which case I will tear said critter in twain before skipping off to my next task. This is shockingly often the case on my sweet, tree-hug-giving, nature-loving druid, and always the case on my anarchist fire mage. (My one attempt at semi-role-playing, my alt hunter, is immune to my ECM and only kills sickly gazelles so they won’t infect the rest of the herd.) In the second scenario, presumably while my ECM is off doing other things like sleeping or watching TV or knitting or getting up to whatever ECMs do in their brain-closets, I will get no such mental urge, and then I will pass the critter by with a merry nod of the head.
I’m not really sure why I occasionally feel the need to follow my ECM’s guidance and strike down the innocent. I spend most of my days in WoW endeavoring to stamp out the wicked, or at least the very naughty. But regardless of my overall do-gooder intentions, in-game my ECM has a powerful grip on me.
Occasionally in real life he will pop up, generally to yell fun things like, “Dump your glass of water on the copier!” as I’m passing it, but in real life I have no problem resisting his commands. (Case in point, our work copier still copies, and I have yet to be summoned by my supervisor for a Very Serious Conversation about my habitual need to toss mugs of water onto office appliances.)
I suppose we all have our little in-game irresistable ECMs. And killing critters is better than camping low-levels or perpetually abandoning PuGs mid-instance or spamming Trade chat with [fill-in-the-blank] or, for that matter, destroying company property. In fact, all things considered, my ECM is relatively innocent. For goodness sakes, he knits during his downtime!
So, tell me, what does your ECM have you do in WoW?