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World of “Hey, how is it already Monday?”craft

Okay, so, I haven’t posted in more than a week.  That’s basically because all the time I would normally use to write (or clean, or cook, or breathe) has been consumed by World of Warcraft.  I mentioned before that I bought the expansion as a treat when I got my video card and logic board replaced in this late-2007 24″ iMac.  This weekend I also upgraded the RAM from 2gB to 4gB, because Other World Computing was selling 2-gig sticks for $25.  Not kidding.  I spent $50 to double my RAM.

Anyway, when I logged into WoW on Saturday, I had 4000 gold.  I needed 5200 for epic flying, which would let me play the whole game faster.  It basically increases your movement speed from “go make a sandwich” to “hey I’m there already”.  I tried to coax one of my guild-mates into fronting me the cash (I even offered them interest), but it turned out I didn’t need it.  I earned 2000 gold on Saturday.  And that’s in addition to going to cook out at my parents’ house and getting a massage.

Aside: The massage therapist asked me if I sit at a computer for long periods of time, because of my neck, shoulders, and left thumb.  I mentioned that I’m a software engineer and basically sit at a computer all day at work.  I did not mention the World of Warcraft addiction.

So basically, last week I hit level 80 (the current maximum) and since then I’ve been gearing up for end-game content by playing through dungeons and quest chains.  I’ve seen most of the introductory content and almost half the dungeons from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion now, and I have to say, it is truly impressive.

Zone Phasing, a new tool where the areas change as you progress, is the best thing to happen to video games since Nintendo invented them.  There is more depth to some of these areas than most single-player games.  I do a quest chain to drive the undead out of an area, and next time I come back there’s a settlement of people.  These are the things that games like Fable II promise, and which are delivered better here than I’ve seen before.

I’ve also been hunting for Achievements, because the game offers them and I like to achieve.  Or, at least, it feels like I achieved something.  If this somehow applied to real life, I’d be all set.

If you want to see my achievements, check out my Rogue, Auradel.  Yes, I know it’s a female toon (“toon” is MMO slang for one of your characters).  But I picked Night Elf for the stealth bonus, and the male night elves look dumb.  If I have to stare at the back of a character through 80 levels, it might as well not look stupid.

As for my World of Warcraft addiction, I can say only this: How am I supposed to take the needle out when it feels so good?



Comment from PcGamesGalaxy
Time March 20, 2009 at 8:41 pm

No offense but WOW it’s for nerds.
Hit and Run,Hit and Run…
No game ending.

Comment from Paul Zero
Time March 20, 2009 at 8:53 pm

You’re so right. Except for the “for nerds” part. Part of WoW’s appeal is that it can take ordinary human beings and turn them INTO nerds.

Comment from Mentalproblemz
Time April 22, 2009 at 7:51 am

Oh WoW how I hatez it so, yet can’t break away from it. If only I could kill the addiction, as that’s what the game is. It’s not “for nerds” or “for geeks” or any other “class” except for those with even a mild case of “addictive personality”.

The reason for this is much akin to those that profit off of Casino’s, humans have an intense need to “feel accomplished” for those that may not be able to get that feeling in real life, the digital world is a quick/easy secondary market for that feeling.

It’s a vortex that is both appealing, and repulsive after awhile. I myself am both drawn to the world where I am more than I will ever be in life, yet hate the existence I have there with a violent passion. One day, when the next “one armed bandit” come out, I’m sure we’ll all be just as addicted to that.

My money rests on Diablo III

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