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Posted: Sep 30th 2009 8:14AM (Unverified) said

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12-ish hours. Whether that makes me a quitter, or very practical, is left as an exercise for the reader :)

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 8:25AM (Unverified) said

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I'm a light-weight.

After trying several times, I just can't seem to share a romantic sunrise with my favorite MMO.

Its a cruel world ... or Warcraft.

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 12:39PM Pewpdaddy said

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After swapping servers with a guild for the 3rd time, the wife was away in NJ I had probably 3 15+ hr sessions broken up only by beer runs to the store and 5hr naps =] Go 3 day weekend. ^ ^

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 8:36AM Softserve said

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Uh, like 5 hours maybe? lol

I have my own LotRO site, but I am kind of the definition of casual player beyond that!

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 8:43AM (Unverified) said

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Well...I haven't really played for more than 6 hours in a row, but I've definitely played EVE for about 18 hours in a 24 hour day :P

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 10:40AM (Unverified) said

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Ugh, I feel that. Two words:

Ice mining.

zzzzzz
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Posted: Sep 30th 2009 8:58AM Jesspiper said

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10 hours in the DAoC New Frontiers. I'm sure I'll hit that point sometime at Endgame in the Aion abyss. Maybe it's time for a new record!

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 8:58AM (Unverified) said

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Interesting, I'd expected people to open the bids around 18 hours and work upwards from there until we get stories of someone who did a 30 hour WoW session before their brain melted.

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 9:02AM thesage42 said

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The first few months after the launch of WoW I played a huge amount. Around lvl 30 I made friends with a Druid and from then on we would quest together all day, every day. I especially remember one morning around 5 am or so, as we were sitting on a rooftop in Booty Bay watching the sunrise over the sea. We had been questing all day and all night. As we said good night to each other he asked me when I'd log on the next day. I jokingly answered "In about 7 hours i guess."

7 hours later we both logged in within 5 minutes of each other, and continued questing where we left off.

Those first months of WoW were really special. Everything was new and unknown, most people had never played an MMO before. It seems that something like that can never happen again unfortunately, these days every new MMO is played mostly by veterans who have been there and done it before. Chat channels are filled with ppl comparing, complaining, arguing. That atmosphere of shared enthusiasm is gone.

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 9:11AM engrey said

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WoW brought many to the genre, however that is the curse, it brought many to the genre.

Now every compares apples to oranges, features to raids, and stinky hunters to dumb looking Star Wars character models.

Unless some game comes around and makes the whole genre do a 180 like WoW did I doubt we will see the same "new and amazing" experience ever again.
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Posted: Sep 30th 2009 9:15AM Dranaerys said

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This comment really made me remeber the good ol' days. The days when I didnt know about stuff like aggro, dps, spreadsheets, raiding, minmaxing. Like yourself i had a questing buddy (with whom I still play to this day) and we levelled together all the way to endgame.

Back when we were lowbies at the beginning of TBC, weekends consisted of meeting up around 9-10am game time and playing wow, questing till like 2am in the morning. All we had was a massive, new world to explore and a questlog full of shit to do. Time really flew by, way too fast. :)

After endgame everything does change, truth be told, a lot of the innocence about simple levelling and questing goes out the window when you start thinking about your gear as items to stick in a spreadsheet or calculate how to maximise your performance instead of simply enjoying the game. I havent had a long WoW bender in years.

Though last weekend I had a small bender on Aion, started playing around 10am and when I next checked the clock it was 7pm. It brought a wry smile to a jaded MMOer like me to see there's still a little magic of discovery left in the genre, even if I dont find it on WoW anymore. :)

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Posted: Sep 30th 2009 9:08AM (Unverified) said

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52 hours...no break...apart from bio's.

Camping 3 AC rings in the Ocean of tears...I still have nightmares about Cyclops.

Posted: Oct 1st 2009 5:06AM (Unverified) said

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Only second to the average Raster spawn camp :p
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Posted: Sep 30th 2009 9:08AM engrey said

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I did WoW for about 17-19 hours. I was leveling with a buddies and we started pretty early in the morning and just went non-stop. A few munchies and bathroom breaks but heck what am I suppose to do on a 3minute Griffin ride?

It was really not worth it, being super tired and just feeling like moving what just make it worse. Plus we only gained like 15 levels.

But you always felt good when the sun came up in game, and you did not even notice the real sun yourself.

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 9:12AM (Unverified) said

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Year: 2000
Game: EverQuest
Raid: Plane of Fear
Time Spent: ~14 hours
Worth it? I got a Blighted Robe!! 'Nuff said. >:-)

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 9:13AM Miffy said

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72 hours on coffee until I started getting bad chest pains. It took me 4 hours to fall asleep cause of the pain and it was worth it all for my Jedi on SWG lol.

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 9:18AM (Unverified) said

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Definately EQ, about 30 hours or so. Was killing spectres as a human mage and had set my spawn point at the beginning of the zone. So I could just gate back and already be there when I logged off. I fell asleep and the spectres killed me, I then respawned at my gate point and the spectres aggroed and proceeded to kill me repeatedly until I woke up three hours later, I lost six levels...not a good day.

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 9:23AM Wisdomandlore said

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I think my record was around nine hours in FFXI. I had found a good XP party, and then I cajoled some folks into helping me and some other White Mages get our level 50ish job specific robes. Some of those class quests were just brutal in FF, and we landed up putting together an 18-person raid. We landed up doing the quest for four different people, and twice for me after a half-asleep person rolled on and won the quest item I needed. We ended around 6 AM. This was the summer before I left for college, and I got yelled at by my father who had just woken up to get ready for work. :p

It's been a long time since I've pulled anything close to that. Very occasionally I would participate in a 4-5 hour instance run or raid in LOTRO, but that's it. Usually my sessions last 30m-2h now.

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 9:26AM (Unverified) said

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The days of Everquest were the worst... I remember Plane of Air was the worst, it was a whole weekend deal non stop.

My personal worst was several days (5-6), sleeping on the couch with my headset in case my monster would pop (it would make noise and wake me up). It was in the Splitpaw dungeon in the Karanas, if I remember correctly. The gnoll would drop an insanely rare robe. I did get it, but not long after it was made common for an epic quest :-S

That was my lowest point which never happened again ;)

Posted: Sep 30th 2009 9:45AM (Unverified) said

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Oh I found it.

It was the Ishva Mal that dropped the Robe of the Ishva. Man, the memories. There is a funny story that comes with it.

A friend and I had mastered this dungeon and we would claim it ours for some time. We'd found a tight little spot, right next to the Ishva Mal, where we'd log off before the servers went down for patching. When It would come back up we were so quick on logging in and kill that gnoll that we sparked a rumor that the Ishva Mal was bugged. It lasted several weeks lol.
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