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World of WarCraft Addiction

June 6, 2007

Lately, I’ve been on a World of WarCraft kick.  Within the past week, there’s been several days where I come home from work around 6:30 and some times don’t finish playing until almost 4:00 in the morning.  Sad?  Yes, I know.  But because I am aware of the situation, I decided to do some research and see how dangerous this growing obsession could become.

Here’s a frightening article that opened up my eyes a bit…

CHILD DIES AS PARENTS PLAY WOW 

A Korean husband and wife are facing criminal charges after their baby daughter died when they left her alone in order to play World of Warcraft.

According to news site Chosun, police say the parents left their four month-old child alone in a bedroom while they went to play the MMORPG at a local Internet cafe.

When they returned five hours later, the baby was lying on her stomach and had died of suffocation.

“We were thinking of playing for just an hour or two and returning home like usual, but the game took longer that day,” the couple is reported as saying.

Following a police investigation, the husband and wife will be required to defend their actions in court.

“It’s unfortunate, because the tragedy could have been averted if the couple had just left their daughter with Yu’s mother-in-law, who lived upstairs from them,” said police.

“We booked the pair on criminal charges, judging that when you consider the situation, they were responsible for their daughter’s death.”

HOLY CRAP!!  I don’t have kids, but if I did – I wouldn’t want them to die because I was running around Razorfen Kraul looking for BlueLeaf Tubers.  That’s just flat out neglect.  You didn’t even have time to take your kid upstairs?  I’m all for Father/Son bonding, so if anything, I’d help my kid create a character so he could help me clear out some dungeons.  If he’s too young, he can sit on my lap and watch.  Same goes for my hypothetical daughter.

Through further research, I also found this following article

Doctor: 40% of World of Warcraft players addicted

Twitch Guru talks with a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Maressa Orzack (pictured), who believes 40% of the 6 million World of Warcraft subscribers are addicted to the game. Said the doctor: “I think there needs to be warning labels on MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, similar to warning labels on cigarettes. People should know that these games are potentially harmful. I’m sure the game industry will be up in arms over it, but that’s what I’d like to see happen.”

Any readers purposely avoid the game because of its widely believed addictive nature? Furthermore, does a game, if abnormally addictive, warrant a warning label?

Like I said earlier, I’ve been playing a lot lately.  With these previous articles in mind, I want to make sure this will not cause damage to myself, loved ones, or hypothetical loved ones.  Luckily, I found a “Are You Addicted to World of Warcraft?” test on OkCupid… creditability aside, it still helped me gauge my possible addiction.  Turns out I’m only 39% addicted!  Good enough for me!  That’s not even half!  I’m okay so far!  Guess I can go on and keep playing!  Yep!  No problems here!  Did you say something about denial?  I’m gonna pretend I didn’t hear that.

I understand that some of you out there may already have a far worse WoW addiction than myself.  Whether you’re aware of it or not, I suggest you check out the WoW Detox site to get some help.

Ladies, some of you may have a significant other that suffers from WoW addiction.  I point you to WikiHow for some good advice on How to Stop Your Boyfriend from Playing World of Warcraft.

I hope this information was helpful to anyone out there who has had encountered WoW Addiction.  Please, use this information.  There’s no need for more babies to die.  I’ve confronted my problem – you should do the same.

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A Shirt That Will Only Make Enemies

May 22, 2007

Most of these movie endings are firmly embedded in pop culture; so much so that you can know how some of these movies end without ever having seen them. Regardless of that fact, you may want to be careful about where you wear this shirt. I wouldn’t recommend sporting it in video stores, libraries, or around people who may have just been released from decades of cryogenic stasis.

P.S. The boat sinks. He comes back to life in three days. They all live happily ever after.

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Pop Culture Ingnorance

April 14, 2007

My co-worker’s name is Emily and she’s in her early 20’s. She listens to Tim McGraw, has a collection of romance novels by Lurlene McDaniel at her desk, and her favorite movie is Dirty Dancing. She likes Dirty Dancing so much so, that she has two copies of the movie. One is to keep in her car, so she can watch it where ever she goes. You see what I’m dealing with here? No? Let me put it in perspective.

A while ago, I asked Emily if she heard they were making an Indiana Jones IV. Her response was, “What’s Indiana Jones?” (See the more detailed conversation here.) It gets worse…

Star Wars.
Indiana Jones.
Back to the Future.
Weird Al.

Other than the fact that all of these have had an enormous impact on pop culture and have been around for more than 20 years, some of them even pushing 30, what else do all four of these thing have in common? Emily claims that she has never had an interest in any of these things. So that’s why she’s never seen the movies or listened to Weird Al. Fine. But, it’s not just that – she hasn’t even heard of them! Has NO IDEA WHATSOEVER!

I’m not going to cover Indiana Jones again. It’ll just make me want to cry. Click the link above for that.

Let’s start with Weird Al. Comedian. Musician. Grammy winner. You don’t have to be a fan of Weird Al to know who he is or what he does. Even if you haven’t listened to his music, surely you’ve at least heard of his hit songs “Eat It”, “Fat”, “Like a Surgeon”, “Amish Paradise”, or “White & Nerdy” and probably know which songs they parody. Emily, on the other hand, couldn’t even name one of his songs. She didn’t even know that he was a musician.

Back to the Future. This is a movie for everyone! It’s not about an archeologist who fights Nazis (which Emily referred to as a “cowboy and indian” movie). And it’s not a sci-fi, space epic either. It’s about a teenager who travels through time. There’s action, humor, music, romance – what’s not to love? I’ve never ever heard anyone utter the phrase, “I hate Back to the Future.” These movies have become classics from the 1980’s. There is no good excuse for not seeing these movies.

When I asked Emily what she knows about Back to the Future, she responded “Well, nothing really. But shouldn’t it be Back to the Past, because how can you go back to what never was?” I think I understand what she’s trying to say. I honestly even tried to diagram it on a timeline for her. I did not succeed. I had to give up and told her to just watch the frickin’ movie.

And last, but certainly not least – Star Wars. I can understand she doesn’t have any interest in Star Wars. Not many girls do. However, through friends, family, or references from other types of media, they at least – bare minimum – know that Darth Vader is Luke’s father. I guess Emily has also never seen Tommy Boy.

Furthermore, Star Wars has had two trilogies. Not one. Two. That’s a grand total of six movies. Six. And with all the hype from the rest of the whole wide world, this is what Emily had gathered from it:

I asked “So, Emily, what do you know about Star Wars?”

To which she replied, “Oh, that’s spaceship people. Right?”

…. Right. Spaceship people. I don’t think anyone could give a more simplistic summary. Let’s move on.

I am completely befuddled by this. She’s a normal girl. How could have all of these pop culture phenomenons just slip by her? I don’t get it. What concerns me even further is that chances are, Emily isn’t the only person in the world that’s like this. And it pains me to even imagine how many more there might be. I know I’m a nerd and a fanatic of all of these things and that I am probably over-reacting a bit here, but still – these are the big dogs! I feel like I showed a picture of the solar system and she pointed to the sun and said, “What’s that?”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take a bottle of aspirin…

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Kool-Aid Video Game!

February 24, 2007

Anyone know where I can get a copy of this? 🙂

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Chad Vader Episode Six!!

February 21, 2007

Blame Society Productions brings you the sixth episode in the saga of Chad Vader!

Also, click on the links below for previous Chad Vader episodes…
Episode One
Episode Two
Episode Three
Episode Four
Episode Five

Or, if you prefer Hi-Res…
Episode One
Episode Two
Episode Three
Episode Four
Episode Five
Episode Six

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Spider-Man Vs. Darwinism

February 19, 2007

I have no idea…

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Indiana Hazzard

February 14, 2007

This is a conversation with one of my co-workers which took place yesterday:

Me: Did you know they’re making an Indiana Jones 4?Co-Worker: What’s Indiana Jones?

silence

Me: You’ve never seen the Indiana Jones movies?

Co-Worker: I didn’t know there was an Indiana Jones movie… much less 2 or
3.

Me: Go home. Watch the Indiana Jones movies. Do not talk to me again until
you do.

I approach this co-worker again today. The following conversation took place:

Me: What’d you do last night?Co-Worker: Sorry. I didn’t watch Dukes of Hazzard.

Me: What?

Co-Worker: Isn’t that what you said to watch?

Me: I said Indiana Jones. Do not confuse Indiana Jones with Dukes of
Hazzard.

… and I abruptly walked away. It’s bad enough this person has never seen or heard of Indiana Jones, but confusing Indiana Jones with Dukes of Hazzard? That’s just unacceptable! That’s like confusing Hobbits with Smurfs… *shudder*

***UPDATE!!***

After my co-worker read the first half of this post, the following conversation occurred, this time with 2 more co-workers:

Co-Worker: …Okay, I know who the Smurfs are. I like them. But who are the Hobbits?

Co-Worker 2: You don’t know who the Hobbits are?

Co-Worker 3: Haven’t you seen the Lord of the Rings?

Co-Worker: No. But, I have seen Dirty Dancing!

I now have a horrible, horrible headache.

***UPDATE #2!!***

Co-Worker: So are they cowboy and indian fighting movies?

Well, that’s a little closer… but it still makes me want to squeeze my head until it pops.