The Temptation of Patch 5.4

For the past couple of months myself and a few of my friends have been meeting up on Monday nights to play WoW. I was pretty cranky about it at first — ugh, WoW? Why? — but we rolled brand new characters on a new faction and a new server (and no heirlooms!) and it turned out to be legitimately fun to get on Mumble with the gang and see all the changes to dungeons from level 1 up. I log on at 7pm, log off at 9:30pm, and...

WoW character creation woes, or why I’m a neon bear

Hello! I’m back from vacation, and it was lovely! While I was away a good friend came up with a modest proposal: leveling up new characters in WoW with the goal of spending one night a week doing all the instances at the proper level. Some quick research showed that even without counting heroic versions or scenarios there are still 80 dungeons in the game right now. 80! That is a lot. I’m not terribly interested in WoW but...

MMOs Are Back In My Rotation!

I kind of fell out with MMOs for a bit. Back in December I had a million new single player games from the Steam Sale taking up my leisure time. In January I just kind of lost the urge to play games, and instead I spent most of my hobby time trying to cook the perfect chili. (FYI: No beans, lots of home-roasted chili peppers.) I think that happens often in long-term hobbies though, and I figured the urge to play games would return when...

WoW: The Junk Food MMO

Note: Flu and work are kickin’ my ass again this week, so I probably won’t be around much for a bit. ———————– In general, I try to lead my life as a mature, intellectual-ish adult. I am in the habit of cooking good healthy dinners every day with lots of vegetables. I gave up on commercial television a few years ago and filled those hours with what I felt were more worthy,...

The 2010 Real ID Debacle: being right is awesome

As some of you may personally remember, back in the summer of 2010 Blizzard tried to switch their World of Warcraft forums over to a “Real ID” system, where accounts would get tied to real, actual names that we players would use as our sole identifier. There was a huge backlash that eventually derailed the plan, but as I recall a fair percentage of the media coverage didn’t see the problem with crossing the streams...

Hello, Old Friend (WoW)

Earlier this week Psychochild commented on a post that WoW was for all intents and purposes my ex, and that I was “lingering on a now broken long-term relationship that still tugs at your heart.” It’s a lovely analogy, and perfectly on point for me. WoW is that ex that I’m probably better off without but I’ll always miss what we had in the good days. That being said, I heard that my ex had come back to...

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