Oooh, checking my account I have 7 days free game time to claim... Kate is out all day Saturday, that might be the kick I need to give it another go
spend all day downloading and patching it
only needed a 100mb patch to let me login again.
Shattrath City is dead
I have 12 characters! Forgot I had so many
I really need to start again, logged in with my L64 priest and had absolutely no idea what any of the spells did, let alone what buttons to press.
I forgot I had a mini guild! "Look at my hat" is still going strong. 10 players in it, last person logged on 2 years ago
I assume I need to buy both Wrath and Cataclysm if I want to be up to speed with everything, I can't just go straight to Cata?
(I can't quite believe i'm about to spend all this money on upgrading my PC to shit-hot level, just to end up playing WoW again
To deal with those points in reverse order
1) WoW is a very beautiful game on 'ultra' settings, and on your crazy resolution iMac screen, it'll be positively wondrous. (Plus you'll have loads of screen real estate for all the add-ons....)
2) Yes you'll need Wrath and Cata to get all the new stuff, but it's worth getting Cata just for the Goblin and Worgen starting areas TBH, they're both hugely enjoyable.
3) If you've not played for a long time, then levelling from scratch might be a decent option, or at least spending some time reading up on the million different ways that your class has changed since you last played. A bit of questing should get you back into the groove, certainly don't jump straight into an instance
4) Shattrath is dead, and so is Dalaran, which was the Wrath capital city. For Cata they've put the focus right back on Stormwind and Orgrimmar (there is no Cata 'capital city'), so the 85s (80s in Wrath, 70s in BC) don't have a sort of 'exclusive city' to hang out in. A nice design decision IMO, and one that was very deliberate.
5) The patching is pretty intelligent these days, it'll bring down the minimum required to get you back into the game, and then do the rest in the background.
I'm not playing the game much at the moment, got my four raid-geared 85s ready to go but not prepared to mindlessly spam heroics with them for points and gear, so I'm just logging in with my mage (80 and climbing) and my warrior (52 and climbing) to play with rest XP when I'm in the mood.
The idea that it's 'WoW and nothing else' isn't correct, my recent playtime on GTAIV, DiRT3 and Frozen Synapse on Steam make that pretty clear.
I think it's possible to enjoy WoW as part of a 'balanced gaming diet' if you will, yeah it's easy to get a bit obsessional about it if you're that way inclined, but it's certainly not mandatory.