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Posted: Mar 24th 2011 8:07AM (Unverified) said

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Freerealms.I installed the game for my niece and now i find it strangely addicting.

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 8:21AM (Unverified) said

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Over the past few days: WURM Online. I installed it on a lark, thinking "yeah, there's no way I'll enjoy this"... and ended up becoming a premium member.

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 8:36AM Xilmar said

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death and punishment for dying.

generally don't talk freely about it, but it's my quick fix in gaming. that's one of the most thrilling things for me...knowing that the idiot i killed in pvp lost something more than a bit of time gives me the incentive to push forward. and the same goes for my mistakes, few things are more thrilling that knowing i'll lose my ship in EVE because i f**ked up and jumped into an ambush like a idiot noob.

i sometimes find myself hoping that if one person in my group fucks up, someone will come in and kill his ass. if it's possible, i find myself lending a hand to do some dmg on the noob to teach him a lesson. it sucks that you can't really get away with that in EVE (bloody kms), but there are enough mmos out there in which it's possible. and it's f**king great.

there's nothing better than seeing someone being forced to suffer the consequences of his mistake.

i also don't believe there are any women on the internetz and almost always refer to females as "he". guess that's why i'm stuck making my own sandwiches :

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 5:53PM kaelidancer said

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@Xilmar "i also don't believe there are any women on the internetz and almost always refer to females as "he"."

^^ and this is why I left EVE online ^^
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Posted: Mar 25th 2011 6:51AM Xilmar said

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@kaelidancer

what does my "misogyny" have to do with eve?
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Posted: Mar 24th 2011 8:46AM (Unverified) said

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I know I'm gonna miss her. A tomato ate my sister.

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 8:56AM Rum said

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heh...yeah...i like to dress my characters up in costumes. i cant lie, it is something that really hooked me with Aion with as much customization that you could do by reskinning your armor and the amount of costumes the had available. yeah...im a sucker for that :/

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 8:56AM Tiresias said

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World of Warcraft. There, I said it.

I played (past tense) that game since Beta phase 3, taking breaks from it that probably didn't even amount to a year overall. I did everything from raiding Molten Core to Arena PvP to leveling one character of each class to level 80 and seven of them to 85. My "main" character had an Achievement Point score of over 9000!

That was until about two weeks ago. A chain of events both within the game and IRL convinced me to uninstall for good. I gave away everything that I could -- all crafting mats and all 80k gold that I had spread across ten characters. I moved every single character to Dalaran and pulled them out of the guild that I had been a part of for over 6 years. I said my final goodbyes, with the hopes of seeing everyone in Diablo 3 or Blizzard's next MMO; I gathered e-mail addresses so that I could keep in touch.

Then I cancelled the account, deleted the game from my computer, and removed all links to the official site and the innumerable databases across the internet that I used to stay ahead of the curve.

Then I promptly downloaded and installed Vindictus.

The experience has been cathartic. World of Warcraft is that "guilty pleasure" that so many people have participated in but won't admit for fear of being labeled as "that guy". Employers have been known to turn away potential hires if they learn that they play WoW. They game definitely shows its age, and even the fresh coat of paint that came with the recent expansion is not enough to make the experience feel like anything other than "more of the same"; it got to the point that we would even describe new raid bosses in the context of old raid bosses.

But for nearly 7 years the game has been my guilty pleasure.

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 10:26AM PaperSpeaks said

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@Tiresias
D-Don't feel too bad about playing WoW for so long, I played since 2005 and only quit recently too.
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Posted: Mar 24th 2011 9:04AM crainey92 said

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EVE Online I suppose is my only guilty pleasure, I love that game so much and crave it but when I actualy try to play it I lose interest after a week or so. CCP are just too good at making amazing trailers that make you want to jump back in, damned proapagandists

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 10:19AM Xilmar said

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@crainey92

don't play alone. find a good corp/alliance that has training courses, is noob friendly, maybe some high sec carebears. if you have't done this already, do it next time you feel the craving.
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Posted: Mar 24th 2011 9:43AM Apakal said

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Spiral Knights! Its so wonderfully simple. Its almost zen-like.

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 10:37AM Justpotatoes said

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According to my Bartle test profile, I'm a killer socializer, and I love PvP. I'm also a 30-something mom who indulges in the occasional smack-talking... just occasional. ;)

But my real guilty pleasure is dyes and appearance armor. I spend a stupid amount of time messing with my character's appearance, and if I have to pick between a slight stat upgrade and better looking armor, I'll almost always go for the looks. It's like paper dolls for grown-ups.

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 10:43AM Apakal said

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@Justpotatoes

Word! I'm always disappointed at the level of customization for my characters gear. Its just one of the reasons I'm super-pumped for Guild Wars 2. The dye and transmutation system is awesome.
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Posted: Mar 24th 2011 12:02PM TheElvenAssassin said

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@Justpotatoes

I didn't think anyone else chose looks over stats. :P I always choose the gear that looks cooler, and if the gear has much better stats, I'll always try to change the appearance (by aggregators and costumes).

I'm more willing to play a low, cool-looking character than a high character with mismatched armor.
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Posted: Mar 24th 2011 12:08PM FaerliSayne said

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@Justpotatoes

My guilty pleasure is the appearance of my character.
Often, if I have to choose between a slight stat upgrade or keeping an armor with an appearance I like, then I sell the upgrade and keep the looks. If I don't like looking at the character I am playing, I am less likely to play her.

Currently, my Cleric on Rift has a horrible looking chest armor. I even went to auction willing to spend all my plat on a better looking piece, but unfortunately most of the chain chest armors for that level range all look alike. T_T
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Posted: Mar 24th 2011 2:40PM StClair said

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@Justpotatoes
I *always* try to get matching/good looking sets for whatever level I'm at. My bank is full of ones I particularly liked.
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Posted: Mar 24th 2011 10:50AM Quarlo said

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Before I made my escape from WoW and I was bored out of my skull I would take my Priest with full farmer outfit to that house just outside of Stormwind and use the critter snacks to catch a few cows to 'take to market' in Goldshire. The RPers there ate it up.

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 11:46AM Heraclea said

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When I was playing WoW, I'd take my orc hunter to Silvermoon City and kill cats. "I have allergies...."

I played the auction house in WoW more than any other games. Add ons made it easy to keep track of stuff. My favorite minigame was to try to corner the market in mithril and thorium. Mithril and thorium were metals mined in the old high level zones, which got little traffic once the expansion hit. Anybody wanting to level up blacksmithing still needed to get through them, which meant that there was a steady if low demand and a low supply. This is how I paid for my first flying mount.

Posted: Mar 24th 2011 11:57AM Bottleskup said

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I'm generally what I think is meant by the phrase 'hardcore raider' although I dont like to use it because of it's bad connotations, however my guilty pleasure in almost all MMOs is spending ridiculous amounts of [insert in-game currency here] on purely cosmetic items, whether its appearance gear or an insane house or guild hall, things that are completely, totally and utterly useless to me and my playstyle, but dammit i *want* them.

*Especially* if there are particle effects involved, and I don't play WoW so they tend to be pretty rare still ^^

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