On today’s episode of Chat Bubbles, I’m asking for everyone to let the skeletons out of the closet and let us know what real world plans have you cancelled or missed for your favorite video games. What did you rearrange in your life to fit in a special gaming session?
MMO players are some of the most dedicated and loyal gamers out there. It’s not uncommon for them to pour hundreds, if not thousands, of hours into their favorite game. And since games like World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2 are social games, many times you log-in to hang out with friends or because there’s a scheduled activity.
I raided in WoW for over six years and that meant I had plans several nights every week. I used to explain it to non-gamers that it was like being in a bowling league. It’s a team-based activity and there are set nights that I need to be there so I don’t let them down. Because of these commitments, it’s not uncommon to hear from players that they’ve rearranged their real life schedules in order to accommodate their MMO. Those are the stories I want to hear.
As I mentioned in the video above, I took a week off from work for the release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft. I was a guild and raid leader and I wanted to reroll my main character as a death knight. So I knew I had some extra leveling to do, but since I was in a leadership role, I wanted to make sure I kept up. So I went a bit further than using vacation days. My wife was planning on visiting her mother in Florida and I convinced her to sync up her travel plans with the release of the expansion. Oh, yeah, and she took the kids! No work, no wife, no kids for an entire week. Ah, memories.
So what is your dirty little secret? What real life plans have you altered to make a special raid? What special occasion were you a no show for in favor of playing your favorite video games? Spill it in the comment section below and we promise we won’t judge you. Oh wait! It’s the internet, so no guarantees.
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