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So this weekend was filled by me playing mostly Wrath of the Lich King. I know I know, laugh at me, oh well, if 11 million players play it, I must not be the only closet dork. However, being a web manager, I’m pretty high on the closet dorkness.

I put off everything this weekend, I didn’t shower for two days, I didn’t shave, and I told the girlfriend that I wouldn’t be seeing her this weekend(she was shocked but she managed). I haven’t been able to really get to do anything I wanted in a long time due to real life obligations, friends, family functions, and other time consuming projects. But, this weekend I put my foot down and had a blast being with others online sharing the experience of new World of Warcraft content.

I’ve decided to level my Paladin first to 80 as that will no doubt take the longest to level, but in 2 days, Friday and Saturday, I managed to get to level 74. I can safely say that I will never sit in my room for two days living and breathing a video game, my back hurts, my legs hurt, and I didn’t eat or drink much. I was like a zombie drone staring at a computer screen killing pixel beasts.

I don’t really play it for the game, I play it because of the social aspect. I’ve been with the same guild for 4 years, and in that 4 years time I have made some really good friends and enjoy their company. I consider them friends because for a few hours on any given night were shooting the breeze and escaping reality. But, after Saturday night I realized I could never be addicted to a game like some other people are just because of the sheer fact that my body ached from playing that game so long.

So on Sunday, I got some flowers and candy, drove to my girlfriend’s place and thanked her for being a good sport about the whole thing. Back to real life I guess!

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Many WoW(World of Warcraft) players out there have been comparing this game to the current game they lay allegiance with.  However, with a plethora of some cool advances and a more streamlined game play system…could Warhammer: Age of Reckoning give WoW a run for its money?  I would love to hope so seeing that this game brings a fresh new light on the MMORPG scene, because frankly 5 years of Warcraft, countless hours grinding until my eyes bleed is getting old.

I for one am a huge PvP(Player Vs. Player) buff, I love to do nothing more than pounds somebody’s face into the virtual ground and then go promplty after someone else.  Hold on there psycho parents, I keep my violence in game and thats where it stays.  Warhammer is introducing a cool way to do battle through their new RvR system.  Think of it, as a huge seamless battle between realm vs. realm.  But, unlike WoW, Warhammer has you gaining experience for quests done in the battle, xp for killing other players, and even loot from those dead players!  It’s almost like a cream come true for someone like myself who is sick and tired of the cookie cutter arena based pvp system that WoW has you again grind countless hours in trying to even get enough points to earn your gear.    That’s frustrating, but, RvR is an awesome welcome as its totally seamless at the moment and actually makes you feel like your part of the war!

Another great addition in this game is the fact that if your in a guild, you no longer feel like your just part of a name.  Your guild works togethor as a team in RvR, completing public quests and earning experience points for the guild itself, unlocking new things.   Also, the dye system for your clothing is a cool little addition that I’m sure WoW will steal once its released.  All you do is pay a couple of copper and you can change the color of your clothing, creating a style for however each player feels the need to look.  Finally, players will be able to adorn trophies, of alot of cool achievements, heads of players, killed special in game characters, etc. etc.

If anything, if this game fails, and falls to the pressure of the mega giant(WoW).  You can totally assure that WoW will be taking qualities from Warhammer and putting them in the game.  Oh yea they already have…achievements, and their full zone PvP.  However, I can safely say, I won’t be cancelling my account to WoW anytime soon, but I will certainly be trying out Warhammer come September 18th!

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