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15 Minutes of Fame: Horde of Unschoolers {WoW}

Jan 15th 2008 2:48PM @3
I'm wondering what sort of qualifications these people have to be teaching children (besides being able to bear them). Are they going to be learning Chem as they would in a 'box' high school? No, in game alchemy doesn't count just as feeding your hunter pet is not the same as caring for real animals. Sure I can see some educational benefits from playing WoW ('I know what GTFO stands for! Iz getz an A'!) but, to use their Brazil example, I don't think it can supplant a course about Brazilian culture or the Portuguese language. I hate to seem like an overcritical bastard, but I really don't think this is the best way to educate children particularly when you consider the lack of importance that our culture puts on intelligence. I don't think kids know whats best for themselves innately and will make decisions that they find pleasurable or enjoyable over those that are necessary to their future prosperity. I think this is evident when children choose to play video games for todays lesson as opposed to creative mathematics, painting or reading a book.
However, I don't believe that the 'box' education is any better. I agree that a child's education needs more real life examples and lessons than are provided in a traditional ciriculum. But one thing a 'box' education does provide is a certain amount of cultural context for the children and it's provided when they're in a group of similar aged peers. And thats not something WoW or solitary home schooling can provide.
And I have to admit: The large majority of home schoolers I've known have had some noticabe level of social akwardness.
My dream: 'Oh hai, teacherz. I dint writez my french paperz but I chated with a guy form Quebec last nite on WoW for like 6 hours. ok?'
'Ok, here your deegree! Winner!"

Student newspaper raises concerns about WoW addiction {WoW}

Jan 11th 2008 7:47PM @ 9 and 10: I really couldn't agree with both of you more. I feel like people understand and accept addictions to the more 'run of the mill' fixes than they do MMO's or video games in general. As someone with a highly addictive personality with several fixes in tow, WoW is the only one I'm truly happy about. It doesn't change the color of my teeth, burn my brain cells, allow me to make stupid decisions (anyone seen my keys?) or destroy my body. Granted that if you sit in a chair all day it's not good for you, but doing push ups or sit ups while flying somewhere helps out. Smoking while doing push ups does not help. Shopping and burying yourself in debt to cover your unhappiness is much worse in my opinion. Hell! Peoples obsessions with professional scary is a little scary, too. No ones writing articles in their school newspapers about that though.
Suffice to say, I think this has been blown way out of proportion and that there are bigger addiction problems than a damn video game.
And if you a good (mean) laugh, check out the Online Gamers Anonymous Site.

Enter to win a $5k Dell WoW Edition notebook {WoW}

Dec 20th 2007 12:22PM Thursday.

Alliance! It's the best!

Game developer says WoW is wearing thin {WoW}

Dec 19th 2007 3:07PM Not too surprised that a direct competitor of WoW said this. I think two things are important to remember here: 1.) There has never been a 100% 'happy' WoW population. Even since the start there have been complaints. 2.) With anything else in the world that gets wildly popular, those that were there 'before it was cool' are going to resent the newcomers, particularly because it brings a larger segment of people who also bring more 'undesirables' to their beloved hobby or interest. I think the advice to stick to positive/constructive groups is good. I also advise using the forums sparingly (some subjects are better than others, realm forums can be particularly bad) as they can degrade to caustic environments rather quickly. There was a quote I read one time (probably on the forums) that went something like: "I used to love WoW. Then I went to the forums and found out that my class is underpowered, my server is dead, PVE sucks and that the game is broken." This is how I felt after reading forums almost everyday for a couple of months. Plenty of sites will summarize the worthwhile threads and blue posts for you; let them sort through the shite!
On more point and I'll stop this rant. I believe Blizzard does it's best in the customer service department and that they will continue to keep WoW operational well after it's 'dead'.
I think even if the population sinks below a million they will just close down servers and concentrate players onto the remaining ones. At least thats what my gut tells me.
Happy Holidays and quit trying to win my new Dell laptop! ;P

Enter to win a $5k Dell WoW Edition notebook {WoW}

Dec 19th 2007 12:45PM Wed.

Yaaay! For the King! Alliance please!

Make my Christmas!!!!!!!

Enter to win a $5k Dell WoW Edition notebook {WoW}

Dec 18th 2007 12:13PM Tuesday.

Hellooooo, Alliance please!

Enter to win a $5k Dell WoW Edition notebook {WoW}

Dec 17th 2007 12:57PM For the King! (It's my new catch phrase I'm trying out)

ALLIANCE please!!!!!!!!

Blizzard's stubborn requirements on the summoning stones {WoW}

Dec 5th 2007 8:25PM I couldn't disagree more, and I must say this post feels like one of the many whiny threads on the forums. Specifically the 'I pay for this, I'm your boss, make the game how I want' part of the post. No one is making you play, if you don't like the dynamic of the subscriber/provider relationship set out by Blizzard, I suggest you try out Gaia online. It's almost as good as WoW.

Perhaps it's because I've been playing the game before summoning stones became a part of the game, or perhaps because I play a lock and stones reduced the ritual of summoning to nothing more than a cute parlor trick, but I've always felt that the summoning stones were kinda 'easy mode'. And the fact that you could summon any level to the Stockades, for example, made them a little ridiculous imho. Please don't misunderstand, the stones have made the game much more convenient in terms of getting raids going and I do appreciate the time saver. But there was something cool, if not arduous, about getting player's to come together from all corners of Azeroth in order to get it done. The level of commitment was much higher when you had to truck your butt across nine 'counties' to get to the raid. And sometimes in the meantime you'd find out that you didn't want that person to come, thus all the better for you.

If I were bossy of Blizzard, or if they magically decide to let ALL their subscribers dictate the features of the game, I'd do away entirely with those ugly-ass stones and you'd have to get your lazy rear there on your own.
But thats just me, one in nine million, and I've still got ritual of summoning. =P

.......less QQ, more pewpew.

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Enter to win a TCG Feast of Winter's Veil set from Upper Deck and WoW Insider {WoW}

Dec 5th 2007 4:43PM I want Illidon's blood all over my hands

Encrypted Text: How to be evil {WoW}

Oct 31st 2007 6:56PM I hope with a last name like yours that you're a Duke fan! If not: Go to Hell Carolina!!!!!!

(sorry, don't play a rogue, but I'm reeeeeeal excited about basketball season)