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The Boundless Caverns

Welcome to Raistlin's domain. Beneath the randomness and ramble lies a sharp, clear and intelligent mind....if only he would concentrate on the subject at hand.

Author: Raistlin25

MMORPG and a student's life.

Posted by Raistlin25 Tuesday March 25 2008 at 7:27PM
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Just an interesting observation. It seems that being "good" on an MMORPG does not go hand-in-hand with having any form of real life.

Now, I'm a student myself, and I've never sacrificed any aspects of real life for an MMORPG. However, I would fall into the category of the sporadic gamer - I do enjoy games, but by no means am I even close to being "1337."

It seems most of the people I know who are actually "good" on an MMORPG such as say, World of Warcraft (There's actually a group of hardcore L2 players in my school. Those guys scare me more than the principal sometimes) seems to be academically inept or sort of mute in the real world.

However, you chuck them online and it's a different story. They're assertive, skilled, "in their realm" so to speak. And yet, the next day in class they struggle with simple polar coordinate graphing or historical factors of WWII.

I don't meant to sound like our parents, but how many talented younglings have wasted countless hours playing a game as if it was their second life, but then ended up getting nothing for it?

This is why I'm in love with Guild Wars. Designed to be played in small bursts or long, no subscription fee. The whole thing feels like a game that I can play knowing I don't have to feed hours and hours into it.

chrisleko writes: As a teacher, I agree. Many of my students waste hours in front of a MMO or other Video game instead of doing my homework! It's silly, really, and one of the reasons I stopped playing MMOs, there is really a hugh lack of return on many games. Tue Mar 25 2008 7:46PM Report
soulwynd writes:

You can't tell people what to do with their lives. They wanna waste time in some mmorpg, fine, let them.  If you're a parent or a teacher, you can tell them they're going to starve or become a leech. If they still want to, it's their problem.

And as a second note, scholarship as it is, is nearly meaningless. The only things that matter in it are the diplomas, while most of the study itself is pointless and what matters for any job is easily learned from a book with minimal effort.

Wed Mar 26 2008 12:22PM Report writes:
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