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Yet another WoW addict...

OK, it seems that everyone and their brother has been posting about their progress in WoW and how it's taken over their free time. I've tried to avoid discussing it, and have even looked with a bit of disdain at those who chatter about it. I'd like to apologize for my hypocrisy, and officially come out of the WoW closet.

Though I've remained largely silent, I've been playing WoW on my own for some time now- probably longer than most of you, and I'm hooked. When I'm in front of the computer I'm playing it, and when I'm away from it I'm thinking about playing it.

My name is Eric, and I'm addicted to Wizard of Wor.

My addiction started back in 1980, when I was in 6th grade. The dark mood of the game combined with taunting synthesized speech (a new thing at the time!) made for an experience that was as intimidating as it was captivating. Though it took place in a maze, this wasn't a sissy game like Pac Man. This wasn't even just Pac Man with guns- it was a war of extermination fought in a dark dungeon between laser-equipped space soldiers and a horde of foul beasts which belch energy bolts and can become invisible! This was gladiator combat fought under the watchful eye and ever-present threat of the Wizard of Wor himself.

At night I dreamt about Burwors, Garwors, and Thorwors. By day I mastered my hunting skills and sharpened my aim against the elusive Worluk. I stood in awe at the way the whole dungeon would light up when he was killed, and usually died in horror when he was followed up with the Wizard, the teleporting, lightning-slinging coffee achiever that moved like a mosquito on crack.

The game offered a two-player option, but that almost always degenerated into a firefight (which I'm sure appealed to the Wizard's cruel taste in entertainment). Things would start out well- you patrol your half of the maze and I'll patrol mine. Invariably the other guy, either through incompetence or malice, would put a shot in my back, requiring me to burn every last one of his men. Hey, thanks for the extra 1000 points a pop, buddy. Now go play Donkey Kong.

Eventually Aladdin's Castle closed, and my addiction was put on hold- seemingly forever. Modern technology and a nifty little program called MAME has brought it all back, however, and it appears I'm not the only one. I'm a little surprised that so many of you have been bitten by the retro-gaming bug, but I'm thrilled to have the company.

Let the hunt begin!


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Dec. 21st, 2004 04:34 am (UTC)
Thank you for a morning smirk!
Dec. 21st, 2004 04:37 am (UTC)
Funny. ;-p

I recall some video game addictions that sucked up all of your free time. What was that text-based space thingie?
Dec. 21st, 2004 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! I'm no stranger to video game addiction. In fact, video game addiction has a key to my house, my ATM PIN, and often borrows my clothes. I'd probably let him sleep with my wife, but he's too busy playing Tiberian Sun.

The game you're thinking of is Planetarion. I knew things had gone too far when I started setting an alarm for like 3 in the morning so I could coordinate attacks and defense strategies with people in Europe.

Wizard of Wor requires much less of a time commitment. ;-)
Dec. 21st, 2004 09:54 am (UTC)
Dear GAWD I am old!
My addiction started back in 1980, when I was in 6th grade.

Oh dear God! I've had fantasies involving you! I am old enough to be your... your... your babysitter!!! I feel so dirty.

When you were developing a preadolescent addiction to an arcade videogame, I was experimenting with sex and drugs and blue hair dye and playing the Ramones and Black Flagg and Echo & the Bunnymen on my record player and driving my "brand new" 1966 Mustang to school.

Dec. 21st, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Dear GAWD I am old!
For the record, I *like* the Ramones and Black Flagg and Echo & the Bunnymen, and I have a record collection too!

Now about those "dirty" fantasies... *pictures Suzie in a 'naughty babysitter' role* [drool!]
Dec. 21st, 2004 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Dear GAWD I am old!
I am also notoriously bad at math - I was not quite driving yet. But the rest of it still holds.

Of it helps the fantasy along I did wear glasses. ;-)
Dec. 22nd, 2004 05:25 am (UTC)
Re: Dear GAWD I am old!
Oooo. Can we please continue this thread??? [I'm going to go make popcorn]
Dec. 22nd, 2004 11:22 am (UTC)
Re: Dear GAWD I am old!
That's funny- you're wearing glasses in my fantasies too! :-)

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