- I like pets. This seems like an obvious one, but prior to WoW, I hadn't known that I truly like the companion mechanic. I'm not fond of having more than two companions, though; the third tends to get lost in the shuffle. Mind you, this preference is not simply due to having a permanent companion at my side, though that's clearly part of it. No, it goes deeper than that. I like having a companion to take some of the direct fire off myself so I can think more clearly. A bit of the healer in me surfaces here too; if my companion is tanking, then I am most likely responsible for keeping him healed. Everything comes into sharper focus.
- I prefer ranged classes. There are some exceptions to this, but in an environment where there are other players, I definitely gravitate toward the ranged area. And this makes sense for hunters; you get a great view of the battlefield and can truly see what's going on. Once you're down and dirty in melee, you're a different kind of hunter with different priorities.
- I like playing the loner. This is sadly something that I could never get from a healing character and is pretty much unique to the gunslinger type. I like the feeling that I can take off and strike out on my own doing whatever needs to be done at the drop of a hat. Alone. Why is that freedom important? I haven't found an answer, since the healer in me wants to be bound to a group at all times. And therein lies the contradiction of my personal preferences.
Everyone has their reasons for playing a hunter type. These are the biggest draw for me.