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Mar. 1st, 2006 | 01:21 pm

For nearly a year I played a vast amount of world of warcraft, but then I discovered that the end game requires dealing with large guilds operating on fixed schedules, which seemed annoying.

Also these raids seemed to be about spending large amounts of time doing the same thing over and over again waiting for the right random reward. I can't escape the vision of me being a giant rat pushing the space bar hoping for a food pellet to drop out of this giant skinner box.

Though one of the potential strengths of MMOs is providing a good place to go hang out and visit with friends, unfortunately if you stop participating I end up feeling very alienated when visiting as everyone else is all wrapped up in whatever new bit of button mashing they need for their next piece of loot.

Today dungeons and dragons online comes out, I played a bit of the public beta, and the game is certainly more challenging than WoW, the graphics are a bit more realistic, but I don't know anyone else who's playing and that's not much fun.

Or I could just blow off this whole gaming thing save money and go write software. (But for that I'm still learning how to include the social structure necessary for me to actually go interact with people.)
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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Mar. 1st, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Save money for what?

Your expenses are covered, all that's left is entertainment.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 1st, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
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There's saving up for a house, or retirement, or new computers, or this new coffee addiction I picked up from somewhere.

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Dilinger

Ahh the good old Switch A Roo

from: dilinger
date: Mar. 2nd, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Replace a habit with a habit. LOL, I didn't want to say bad habit, cause I too am an avid game player. I have never really gotten into the Pay to play games. It doesn't feel right paying 10 bucks a month or 20 bucks a month. It really is cheap when you consider it. I mean how many hours are you entertained for that small price. Renting movies is 3 bucks a tape, now 20 bucks a month through any number of mail movie programs they have going around.

I was big on paying 30 to 50 a month just so I could have pay channels on my tv. I think I watched a ton of good stuff, the independent channel, action channel, sci-fi. I got rid of it 4-5 months ago, because I was working on my house. My wife assumed we would get it back right away but really we could use the money, so we are going to wait. Not sure how long.

The good thing about spending all your money is there is nothing to fight about when you go! The prime time to buy a house has passed IMO. Seemingly, you never know in our markets. But if you look at San Jose area, all the jobs left but all the houses are still expensive as all get up. However it never hurts to have a place. yes you can't pick up and leave right away and when we get nuked it really hurts the property value.

I don't think the game debt will compensate for real house savings. You might as well drink the coffee. (although altering your body chemistry is fun,it may not be the best option in the long run) Useful for craming and stuff but not for day to day living.

You could always save the money and play more Boardgames with friends. :P

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adrienne

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from: sapience
date: Mar. 1st, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I am in no way advocating the addiction of video games. But. If you still want to play, but don't want to spend money, there's always Guild Wars, which is mercifully free of monthly fees.

I oscillate continually about video games. Love them. Hate the little time-suckers. Love them. Hate them. Et cetera, ad infinitum.

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markcronan

Hmm

from: markcronan
date: Mar. 1st, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
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D&D online sounds interesting to me...I have been considering it. But, I don't have a lot of time.

I have a cousin who is good at coming up with games, but bad a programming. He's actively pursuing it however (and made the sounds for a game called Area 51). If you ever wanted to work with someone on a game, I could put you in contact.

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Bolowolf

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from: bolowolf
date: Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
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I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for D&D online.

If my Internet connection were truly reliable I would play. As it is the technician that was supposed to fix things has made it so I have no satellite signal for download. Grr.

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