Our addictions have been renewed! The “Burning Crusade” expansion to World of Warcraft, the most successful online RPG of all time, was released last Tuesday. Lem and I, along with probably 3 or 4 thousand (best guess) of our fellow WoW geeks in front of the Sunnyvale Frys, waited for the store to open for a special midnight release of the game. It was a cold, cold winter’s night, and I prepared myself with long johns, a ski mask, gloves, and 2 jackets. Lem, on the other hand, sporting his Jack Bauer 5th season-style coat, froze after 10 minutes. But even he says it was worth the wait, because by 1:30 am, I was holding my copy of The Burning Crusade. We opted to forgo another 1 hour line to get it signed by the game developers that were there. Yes, I could have just picked up the game on the way to or from work the next day, but if I did that, I wouldn’t have been able to play the game for a couple of hours when we got back.
The cousins have also picked up the game and we’re all happily enjoying the new areas in the game. World of Warcraft is everywhere–you can’t escape it. With 8 million players worldwide, everyone knows someone who plays the game. It’s just interesting how you’re labeled a geek and social outcast if you spend time playing WoW, yet perfectly acceptable to sit in front of the TV for for the same amount of time. At least with WoW, or any game like that, you’re interacting and socializing with friends, or in my case, family, on some level.
The Burning Crusade just broke the 1-day all-time sales record:
The Burning Crusade™ has broken the day-one sales record to become the fastest-selling PC game ever in North America and Europe, with a worldwide total of nearly 2.4 million copies sold in the first 24 hours of availability.
And now, a comic that only WoW geeks will understand.
New Hockey Season! Now With More Lem!
A new season of hockey started last week as well. Andrew and I are on the Devils again, and we lost our first game. Not too surprising, but what was surprising was that we actually were pretty close to winning this time! We tanked last season, sometimes with shutouts and losses of a 3 or more goal margin, but we only lost by 1 last game. We’re improving!
I found out long ago, that I play my best hockey in the first 5 minutes of the game. After that, it’s all downhill from there. My gameplay over the course of the game looks like one of those kiddie slides:
This next season will be fun because Lem’s playing too, in another league. Soon we’ll be playing on the same time, side-by-side, as brothers. We’ll have the upper hand because we’ll know what the other is thinking. His first game is today, as a matter of fact…
Chesney and I are oh-so-close to never changing a diaper again! At least not until the next kid comes along. Caleb pooped in the potty on his own for the first time last week, and he gave me a call at work just to let me know. Wow, I’ve never been so proud. My kid is now pooping where I don’t have to clean it up–that’s a milestone! We’re going to have a party to celebrate and it’s going to be sometime around February 20th. Watch for invites.