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LICH-22

22 January 2005

World of Warcraft, why don't you tear out my heart and stuff it in my nasal orifice! Why DON'T you?!

Needless to say, the thought of the whole world soaking themselves in the most immersive iteration of Azeroth to date while I stand internetless and unable to play leaves me cold and bitter. Prepare yourselves for a wealth of furious extremities of my frustration in the coming years. I've been following World of Warcraft, Blizzard's ambitious massively multiplayer online roleplaying game set in the universe of the acclaimed Warcraft series since its inception (well, since it was announced really), and have gone through a series of phases. From extreme anticipation to lukewarm approval to incessant craving; I was spared none.

These shifts were in part because the MMORPG has never really set foot in Europe as heavily as it did in the US and Korea. In the two or three years since WoW was announced this has only slightly changed, and Blizzard's game will be the first to be fully supported marketingwise in the Netherlands.Truly, this is the first game in its genre that's really going to be for the masses. Three years ago it was almost unthinkable that I'd be playing an online game that actually needed to be payed for monthly! This too has changed, but now I find myself in the uncomfortable situation where I don't have an internetconnection to play. And even if I could have one... I'm not even sure I'd want to.

It seems heresy, but World of Warcraft is the only reason for me to consider getting my homecomputer online. Oh heck, of course I'm very fond of the internet, but I find that the time I spend on it on school or in the weekends are all I need to fully enjoy it. Were I to have it at home and at my disposal 24/7, it would become a huge burden, an obsessive hurdle that would dramatically damage my productivity. Experience has told me so, regrettably.

But then again, here we have World of Warcraft. All I ever dreamed of (figuratively speaking, or what did you think?)
, and only a few decisions away. It would take some stringpulling and scheming to hook my computer up again, but I'd pull it off. However, is it worth the price? It seems the cost of playing World of Warcraft exceeds a mere monthly fee; also bargaining for your future and soul. The devil has found a new champion, and it comes in the prettiest wool yet.

Roderick.