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Mob Performance Forgiveness

There’s always one asshole that has to ruin the game for everyone else.

This is the guy who, not one minute into your Random Battleground, announces that everyone sucks and you’re going to lose because there’s too much fail and Horde loses each and every BG he’s ever been in. Or the tank in your Random Dungeon who keeps spamming the Recount logs after every kill, then bails on a group that’s competently pushing through a dungeon because you clearly aren’t worth his time. It’s even the guy in your raid who throws a tantrum after a wipe and ragequits because everybody else is too horrible to be around. more…

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Saving The Day: 4 Common Healer Traits

Healers are a rare breed in World of Warcraft. Despite what can be a thankless job, some people are just drawn to the role. But why is that? What common traits bind us healers together?

1. A need to fix things. It’s human nature to want to fix what’s broken, but in real life we sometimes miss the mark.

I wanted so badly to be able to fix my baby girl; to take away everything that was wrong with her immune system so she could smile and play and live her life, but there was nothing I could do to fix her. And after she was gone, I realized there were a lot of things I couldn’t fix.

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Letting Go: Conquering My WoW Addiction Part 4

This is Part 4 (and the last) of a series. Click here for Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3.

Over the next few months, I manically tried to rebuild my life. I met a wonderful man who accepted that I was still a work in progress, and as far as I’d come I still had a long ways to go. I did eventually return to WoW when we moved back to Los Angeles. My life finally seemed to be somewhat stable again. And when I found out I was pregnant, I had to find low-impact activities to keep me occupied. So one night when I was bored and my son was asleep I decided to dust off the laptop. I seized every moment I had to spend with my son and my boyfriend and only played while my son was asleep or at school. WoW wasn’t my lifeline anymore; it was just a game.

6 Ways World of Warcraft Is Better Than Real Life

Sometimes, the real world just sucks.

We retreat into a virtual world because, let’s face it: Virtual worlds don’t come with the myriad of downers you’ll find in the real world. From the minor quibbles to the permanent, irreversible catastrophes, the World of Warcraft is usually a much less stressful place for the frazzled player. Sometimes, it’s even a better alternative.

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Letting Go: Conquering My WoW Addiction Part 3

(This is Part 3 of a Series. Click here for Part 1 / Part 2)

Installing WoW on our work computers was a big mistake. I ran a small office with my brother and he WoWed too. Maybe we thought that if we played at work more, we’d play at home less. I was trying to take a step toward not being glued to the computer every moment I was home, but it was definitely a step in the wrong direction.

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