50 Ways to Leave Your MMOG?

Can I justify paying the same amount for two hours a week of gameplay that I was for 20?

Cold weekend thoughts.

It’s really cold out, and my mind wanders.

Exploring Azeroth.

Traveling around the world has been one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve had in WoW in a long time.

A Nightmare on Nerd Street.

I don’t remember many of my dreams, but I had a nightmare last night that stuck with me, if only because it was so unbelievably dorktacular.

Dinging 60.

Josh is such a big nerd that he has three level 60 characters in WoW.

Happy Birthday, dear Bobina.

As of today, I have been playing World of Warcraft for an entire year, and when I say “an entire year,” I mean that almost literally.

The Magic Closet.

Blizzard’s efforts to maintain the integrity of its magic circle — to lock out as many real-world referents as possible — have the effect of locking players in a magic closet, a place where targets of abuse and discrimination are blamed for “inviting” harassment and where a veil of silence is the only accepted defense.

World of Warcraft. (City Pages)

My review of World of Warcraft is now up at City Pages. Or maybe I should say it’s “in” City Pages. I have so little experience with print, I can’t even get the prepositions straight. And while seeing my name on an online article made me all neurotic and angsty, it’s nothing compared to the sheer freakiness of seeing my name on paper. One of these days, I’m going to have to get over this whole byline anxiety complex I seem to have.

The fun thing about reviewing WoW was being able to spend two weeks obsessively playing, and calling it “research.” The bad thing is that now that I’m done, I’m still playing obsessively, but with no excuse. I’m playing right now, in fact. I should be writing query letters or sleeping, but I’ve almost got the stuff I need to summon a Felhunter. I mean, a guy’s gotta have priorities.

Encouraging casual play in World of Warcraft and Tale in the Desert.

Slate has an article on the ways in which World of Warcraft and City of Heros encourage less-than-obsessive gameplay.