Saturday, April 08, 2006

I'm a WOW

That does not stand for Woman of the Wall. (Although I support their efforts, and have some of their swag.)

It stands for Widow of Warcraft. That's World of Warcraft. For those of you who are blissfully ignorant of such, World of Warcraft is a mostly-medieval-fantasy online roleplaying game. Sort of like Dungeons and Dragons, but played online. The Balabusta bought it for the fella for Christmas so he could stop going over to our friends down the street and then vanishing for hours to play on their account. Now he spends basically all hours not spent working or sleeping happily moving his various characters around, dressing them, sending them on quests, and killing things with them.

The hilarious part, from the Balabusta's perspective, is both the problem of trying to communicate with a man whose brain is basically running through the streets of Stormwind, and not entirely absorbing her explanations about dinner, after work meetings, or the house being on fire. Also the weird comments over his headset to the friends he plays with. Oh yeah. The weird comments.

"No one wants to see gnome nipple." That was earlier today. (As I was typing this, he added, unaware that I was posting, "That's not something I want to see. Gnome love."

"One gold, three silver, two mithril bars. I said, one gold, three silver, two mithril bars..." Repeat for about five minutes. I think something was wrong with the headset.

"I just jumped off the elevator. Oh yeah. I'm gonna die."

"Come on, loot this guy. See if he has the whatever it is."

"When the goblin respawns, he drops a letter."

Helpfully, he often plays with the boyfriend of a friend of mine, and we sometimes can have a sort of phone conversation passing messages between our respective men. We've set up dinner dates like this.

"Go kill that guy over there and then join us. Balabusta says Italian is fine."

"It might take three shots to kill it. Do you want to meet us here or at the Plaza?"

"OK, eight o'clock. Yep. Yeah, you hit level ten. You're going to have to go back to Stormwind anyway."

"But there's a rabbit in the road."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This post is hilarious. I have a co-worker who spends 5 to 8 hours daily playing one of these games- everquest- I think. I don't know how he maintains a family while he's so hooked up into the virtual world. Good luck on getting your spouse to un-hook. It must be worse than being a football widow. At least football has a season.