Do you MMO?

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Ever since the North American introduction of Final Fantasy XI, I have been spending my free time away by battling monsters in the World of Vanadiel. For a long period of time, I was really addicted to online gaming, seven days a week, 8 hours a day, twice as much on the weekend. Over the years, the popularity of this game has gone down quite a bit partly due to game mechanics and shear amount of time required to accomplish anything in game. The other major reason is the rise of World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment.

Konata playing MMO

Konata playing MMO

Picture of me inside my house

Picture of me inside my house

Gathering in town before a raid

Gathering in town before a raid

Fighting the boss

Fighting the boss

Kiting

Kiting the boss

And the loots of course!

And the loots of course!

I don’t nearly spend as much time in game anymore; I have obtained everything I ever wanted, including an Excalibur-A super rare and hard to obtain relic weapon in game. But I have decided to keep playing this game for as long as possible to maintain the friends I have made and to help my linkshell mates to obtain the gears they wanted. Many people say MMORPG is a waste of time and that it prevents you from having a normal social life, but I have a different take on it. From the year 2004 to 2006 (roughly full 3 calendar years), I was in fact so addicted to the game that I had no time to keep up with the latest anime or get up-to-date in anime merchandise or figures, so much that I started saving money without realizing. During this period, not only did I pay up all my credit card debt accumulated over the years, I even started saving money! For roughly $20 a month, I was fully occupied and had no time for anything else! This chapter in my life had inadvertently prepared me to weather the current financial meltdown that may take years to unwind. Do I MMO? Hell yeah!

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