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Breakfast Topic: What do you do while you play?

Breakfast Topic What do you do while you play
A lot of us here at WoW Insider have been playing WoW for a long time -- and we suspect most of you have, too. A long enough time that parts of the game are, dare we say, boring. So while doing our dailies (again) or grinding an alt through a zone we've done half a dozen times before we admit, we're usually multitasking. Sometimes we'll have a movie or television show on, and others we might be reading email or catching up on RSS feeds in another window. It's not that we don't still love the game -- it's just how we stay sane while leveling our dozenth alt.

So, fellow WoW players, we pose this question: what else are you doing while you play WoW? Do you have a favorite television show to put on? A much-loved playlist? Twitter or Facebook in another window?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Do you multitask while playing WoW?

Breakfast Topic Do you multitask while playing WoW
If whatever you're doing in game is so rote that you're doing something else on the side while you play, does that mean the game itself is dull or that you're not enjoying it? For me, the issue's quite clearly divided between routine activities such as gathering and current content.

I love farming. More specifically, I love herbalism -- and even more specifically, I love gathering herbs in Zangarmarsh. You'll know you share a realm with one of my herbalists when you see those herbs up on the AH on a regular basis. Zangarmarsh is a serene, evocative zone with a predictable herb circuit. I can chat in guildchat with my WoW guild, on TeamSpeak with my other gaming buddies, and keep Facebook, Twitter, or Google Reader up on the other monitor. The total experience isn't the same without all the elements, but it never fails to satisfy after a deadline-driven day.

On the other hand, I'm put off by players who let slip that they're watching a movie while they're tanking my group or eating pizza during a raid. These are the activities I do for the challenge, to explore the limits of the story, the setting, the gameplay. Being fully immersed and fully engaged is what makes them fun; when they stop being immersive or engaging, I stop running that content (unless I'm playing with a group of friends strictly for kicks and giggles).

Different strokes for different folks -- sure, I get that. But this is one common player habit that stumps me. If you do enjoy doing something that calls for significant attention while you're grouping or raiding, 'splain this: Wouldn't you enjoy each activity more if you gave it your full attention?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Making the most of long arena queue times

Fighting in the arena is hands down my favorite thing to do in WoW these days. I do get very bored while I'm waiting for queues to pop. Since I usually do 2v2 and 3v3 battles I'm usually looking at wait times between five and ten minutes. Drysc stated that this occurs due to a limited number of instances that can be hosted at any given time, the problem will not likely be solved in the near future.

Instead of complaining about it, I try to find something productive to do with inevitable delay. There are several in-game activities that to do with these unexciting minutes. I love to window shop the next piece of battleground or arena gear that I'm working for. It is also an excellent time to work on crafting and auctioning items. Skinners who queue up in Blade's Edge, find themselves in a perfect position for killing Bladespre Raptors for Knothide Leather.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, PvP, Instances, Arena

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