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Thoughts on WoW addiction

I posted this as a comment on Kotaku, but I figured I’d keep it here as well:

I can’t stand people who complain about WoW ruining their lives. All that does is prove that they are weak human beings who don’t know how to manage time or are too easy to fall into addiction.

I played WoW through college, and I let it be majority of my life. All my friends played it, and I played with them, and I was happy with it. I still had a great GPA and exercised frequently, because I have this thing called self-discipline that apparently most parents don’t teach their kids anymore.

When I got my first job I quit for a year to focus on work. I picked it up again in August and started playing again after I went to Blizzcon, because I had forgotten how many friends I had made, and now it is fun reuniting with them for some of the best content and immersion I’ve ever seen in any game.

Yet I can still put the game down when I know I need to make sure my life doesn’t get utterly destroyed. Apparently some people don’t know how to do that, so instead they say BLIZZARD IS EVIL and WOW WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE. Wrong. You are ruining your life, for letting a game become top priority. How can you blame Blizzard for making too good of a game? Yet you turn this “good” into “addiction” and “addiction” must be bad!

WoW does not kill you. Cigarettes and alcohol don’t kill you. It’s how much of it you allow yourself to use it that kills you. You can’t blame inanimate objects, it’s the human interaction that seals the deal. Learn self-discipline, fight addiction, and quit blaming everyone else for your problems.

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We are surrounded by complete morons

Found this on some list on AOL News about “Ads people bitched about” or something:

Dunkin Donuts

The ad: Rachael Ray drinks a Dunkin Donuts Cool Latte in a brief online ad. She is wearing a black-and-white fringed paisley scarf.
The complaint: Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin likens the scarf to the keffiyeh, a traditional Muslim headdress worn by some Palestinian extremists, calling Ray to task for promoting terrorism.
The verdict: While the paisley scarf was not a keffiyeh, and in fact was chosen by Ray’s stylist, Dunkin Donuts pulls the ad.

Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Some idiot really believes that Rachael Ray, some cooking show whiney bitch-ass mom, is planning on running into a crowd of people strapped to a bomb? Better yet, PROMOTING others to do so?

I swear the world gets stupider every day, and these idiots love attention.

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Working in New York City

This week I have to work at a client’s office in NYC for a couple of days.  My first work day in the city is almost over, and I have mixed feelings about it.

For starters, once I am sitting down and working, it is no different than anywhere else.  The ability to work is of no concern and does not change much.  The experience of getting here, going to lunch, and going home are the main concerns of the city.
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North Korean Arcade

God Bless America (and Japan)

This is what hell would look like for me.

The sad thing is, most of the people in North Korea have no idea that games have advanced so much further than what is in this building. To them these could be absolutely incredible. It is almost kind of amazing to think that we are so spoiled and demand so much from games now, meanwhile the less fortunate could very well be thrilled with 8-bit non-classic games.  It just goes to show you how fast technology has advanced in the past two decades.  What we see as “games of our childhood” could very well be the only games some people in third-world countries will experience in their entire lives, and that’s if they are lucky enough to play any games at all.

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How Games Will Save America

NPR is great, and this article definitely adds to it:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94884967&ft=1&f=1006

Just as movies distracted Americans during The Great Depression, video games now distract us from our apparent economic struggle. So basically, we are turning to virtual worlds to ignore the real world. Hmm, funny how majority of people used to make fun of my kind for doing such things. Now it’s all the rave!

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Burger King Oreo Sundae Shake

The most delicious dessert on the planetSince my last bunch of posts, I have discovered and fell in love with the most delicious dessert on the planet. It has everything delicious: Oreos, vanilla ice cream, vanilla milkshake, hot fudge, and whipped cream. Once the shake is gone and there’s nothing left but chunks of Oreo, it is the most delicious pile of chocolate to ever slowly slide down into your mouth from the bottom of the cup. No matter what the hell has got me down on any given day, this shake could bring sunshine to a septic tank.

Picture stolen from Press-Enterprise

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Sonic Unleashed!

I nearly jumped out of my seat when I watched this video:

http://kotaku.com/371098/leaked-sonic-unleashed-footage

Oh man oh man oh man, the real Sonic might just be back!

Exciting times.

Update: It is official. http://kotaku.com/375652/sonic-unleashed-is-official

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Honey Nut Chex

Honey Nut Chex Just look at this delicious cereal. Honey Nut Cheerios has always been one of my favorite cereals, but I just picked this up last night and it is awesome. Chex by itself is already one of my favorite, but literally mixing two of my favorite cereals might be borderline illegal. But if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.

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Life with Games

Is a good life indeed.

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