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Posted: May 28th 2008 1:57PM (Unverified) said

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I find the level of care that WoW box was placed on the trash can hilarious.

Posted: May 28th 2008 3:41PM (Unverified) said

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My Fiancée and I are from two wholly different schools of play. She's an all or nothing player, it's either 4am sessions 7 days a week, or she's not playing at all. I tend to just flirt with the games when I have time, and play only what appeals to me at the moment.

Apparently it makes me a terrible guildie, though.

Posted: May 28th 2008 3:48PM (Unverified) said

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While this article is basically common sense, it is a message that hits home for me. I quit Warcraft several months before my wife, and during our cigarette breaks I would just sorta zone out when she started complaining about guild drama or dkp or what dropped what or how many times they've wiped on whatever. When your MMO of choice feels more like employment then entertainment its time to cut back.

Look at this simple checklist. Am I talking about a dead end job or being a member of a raiding guild?

1. While at times it is fun, most of the time I only show up because I *have* to.

2. I have a few friends that I enjoy seeing there, but most of the time I'm dealing with people that I really can't stand being around.

3. Sometimes all the interpersonal politics make me want to bash my head into a wall.

4. Although I give 110% everyday it seems like others get by doing the bare minimum while still reaping the same rewards, and I resent them for it.

5. Even at times when I'm not there I find myself worrying about my performance or what problems I will face the next day, to the point I have lost sleep over it.

6. I would quit, but I need to keep a roof over my head and put food on the table for me and my family.

WHOOPS that last one doesn't apply to MMOs because at the end of the day they don't count for JACK S*** in the real world. As soon as you start playing a new game, all the work you put into your old characters means NOTHING. Sure, you may have fond memories of your old EQ1 characters, but if Sony sent you an email that said: "Hey, we need to clear out and condense some server space, so your level 64 cleric Drhealgood is going to be erased in one week," would you even blink? Of course not, and if WoW 2 came out tomorrow, you would abandon your level 70 priest just as quickly.

Keep it all in perspective. MMOs are only as important as YOU make them.

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