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Blizzard's highly-successful World of Warcraft MMO continues on a steady decline, losing roughly 300,000... posted Aug 04, 11 1:17pm

Some would say World of Warcraft is an unstoppable force of nature.  Wrong.  The MMO juggernaut is seeing a... posted May 09, 11 5:06pm

World of Warcraft is the most successful pay-to-play MMO out there, so it stands to reason that other developers... posted Dec 02, 09 8:29pm

Not long ago, Blizzard hopped the Achievements bandwagon, giving World of Warcraft players a way to document... posted Nov 30, 09 11:05pm

Checked the Blizzard store lately?  Looks like that Pandaren Monk pet is out of stock.  Now this comes as a shock to... posted Nov 11, 09 6:53pm

[image1 width=168 height=210 float=left] Apparently making one billion every year isn't enough for Activision... posted Nov 05, 09 10:14pm

Following a 17-year-old boy's violent rampage that resulted in manslaughter charges, politicians in Germany are... posted Mar 18, 09 6:47pm

You know all those jokes about Chinese gold farmers and how World of Warcraft's 11.5 million players must be... posted Mar 11, 09 6:41pm

Today is Sunday, and you all know what that means! Yes, it's the day when I post a blog-like editorial on Neoseeker's front page and wait eagerly for the usual suspect of flamers. The kind of people who flame, not like... flamboyantly homosexual.

This week, I froth at the mouth a little more than usual, addressing some of the elements behind MMOs that make them so gosh darn addictive. As always, the unspoken disclaimer only applies to humorless pricks who think the Internet is SERIOUS BIZNESS! Click it and read it:


Otherwise, enjoy the evening read. Today's Musing really hits me close to home, as I've fallen into the trap of MMO addiction before, during my first year of college. After I got out, I dabbled in various online games until Guild Wars swept me off my feet. Years later, gave World of Warcraft a try. Quit shortly after the recent expansion came out because the new grind was just too much. I was suddenly reminded of how terribly depressing these MMOs can get as they consume your life and you (and your friends) have to schedule outings around raids, which can last up to hours without a break. And people have the audacity to get mad if you want to piss or get a bite to eat.

I think I have met some of the lowest of the low in WoW, as far as MMO addicts go. And I find those individuals quite impressive in a sad sort of way. I've met some really cool people too, a few of which encourage me to go back... and I would, if there weren't a monthly fee. I hate feeling obligated to play games. That ruins the whole point of video games...

To be honest, I would still play WoW if there weren't for the monthly fee. But I don't really like the game enough to fork over the $30 for two months, let alone give Blizzard my credit card number. It's not a shitty game, but it's definitely not worth what they charge.

Side note, could be PMSing this week. Might be somewhat confrontational... more than usual. Bear with me.

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Blizzard was quite proud to announce this morning that World of Warcraft has reached a monumental 11.5 million... posted Dec 23, 08 9:49pm

The NPD Group has released their latest top ten PC games in the U.S. for the week ending in December 13, 2008.  Only... posted Dec 23, 08 8:43pm

The NPD group has, once again, released data for another top 10 best-selling PC games.  This time, we look at the... posted Dec 15, 08 11:14pm

Nope, not making it up.  New York Times Magazine contributing writer Clive Thompson, also a regular contributor to... posted Dec 15, 08 8:06pm

Anyone who has spent time with the Warcraft series knows it can get gruesome.  Sure, there's not much graphic... posted Dec 10, 08 12:16am

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Most of you have probably already read or heard news of all those people who got shot or trampled on Black Friday. Nasty business, that. Makes me sad, truly, but happens every year. Instead of building some kind of immunity, I'm still grossly appalled by it all. How callous do people need to be, to shove a pregnant woman hard enough so that her unborn child is killed, or to continue browsing holiday inventory after trampling a man to death?

Absolutely disgusting...

I got to experience Black Friday madness myself this year when a friend and her beau took me to the Cabazon Outlet, which about one to two hours (drive) from where I live. Seeing all those cars lining up on the freeway, waiting eagerly to exit and search for parking was something, but I was expecting more people to show up. A cashier at Converse told another customer that the day hadn't even begun yet, and that makes sense. We went to the outlet in the wee hours of the morning, meaning I didn't get a wink of sleep until 10:30 am (or so) when we finally made it back. I expected to knock out for a short nap then wake up and squeeze in some afternoon news writing, but instead I was passed out until nearly 6:00 pm.

Never again, never again.

At least I was educated in the ways of name brands and discovered that I really like Tumis. Regardless, I couldn't bring myself to blow half a month's paycheck on any article of clothing or accessory. Instead, I picked up a crudely made yet cool bag from a vendor for $26 exact. It's a little distressing to see people dropping money without a second thought though, as I witnessed countless times last night. But everyone needs a hobby, right?

Which is why I'm still offering my valuable time and money to Blizzard. I've written an editorial in the past about how annoying the grind to 80 was lookin', thinking I'd never get there. I haven't, but on-and-off leveling has taken me to 72 (as of a few minutes ago). I've respec'd Demonology for better soloing capabilities, and I honestly haven't seen my Felguard in months. But that's okay, I've still got points in Affliction, with which I have a rather bizarre obsession for.

Screw Destruction, this Warlock is an Affliction-woman through and through.

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Compared to many other players, I am fairly new to the World of Warcraft experience, but my roots bury a bit deeper... posted Nov 16, 08 10:04pm

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