How To Handle A Parasitic ‘Friend’

How To Handle Parasitic Battlenet friends

During my four year stint as a guild master in World of Warcraft I attracted my fair share of ‘fun parasites’ — players whose constant need for attention, regardless of what you’re doing, can suck the fun right out of a game.

At the start of my tenure I could simply hide on another toon located on a different server, but then Battlenet came along and the ability to hide like that vanished.

Since Battlenet does not have an ‘Appear Offline’ feature, players like myself who are notoriously afraid of confrontation are left with two options. We either let these kinds of players kill the game for us, or we swig back a nice, big glass of wine, and get ready to handle the problem like the badass adults we are.

Read on to learn more about how I handle parasitic players in Battlenet.

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Tuesday Survey #04: Mini-games in MMO’s


Over the weekend I read a post by fellow Aussie blogger, J3w3l, where she shared some musings on mini-games in MMO’s.

She mentioned that, even though she doesn’t play mini-games often, she feels that they are important features in an MMO. Content like the Darkmoon Faire in World of Warcraft and the Gold Saucer in Final Fantasy XIV and their popularity amongst the player base seem to be a testament to that.

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March Made Me Feel Things In My Cold, Dead Heart. Yay!

march recap

It’s reached that time of the year where goals generally fall by the wayside. Thankfully, I think I’ve done pretty good, and the most important ‘resolution’ I had was to get myself back to a healthy place emotionally so I could function like a normal human being again.

The good news is that I think I can check that off the list! The anxiety hasn’t entirely gone away — and it probably never will — but now that I’m a pro at noticing the symptoms I can get on top of it before it gets on top of me.

So, sticking with the mushy, sappy feels theme I’ve got going for this post, read on to learn more about all the exciting and awkward things that happened to me in March, and how those things made me feel.


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The Five Best Video Games Of My Lifetime


After reading an article on what classic video games should be remade (and then feeling inferior because I never played any of those games growing up), I got thinking about what games I consider to be classics.

In the past I have briefly touched on how some games have shaped me into the person I am today, but I never really expanded on why I consider them to be the best games of my lifetime — why they are classics to me.

Read on to see the five best video games of my lifetime.

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The War On Screen Time

war on screentime

It will surprise no-one to learn that my almost six year old is a bit keen on video games, and, by ‘a bit keen’ I actually mean absolutely obsessed.

Pretty much every second sentence out of his mouth is some variation of, “Mum, did you know that in Minecraft you can fight the Ender Dragon? Dad, did you know that in Minecraft you can use sand to make TNT? How weird is that!”

Basically, if he had his way all of his free time ever would be dedicated to playing Minecraft on the PS4. Naturally, I don’t let that happen, and my reward for trying to be a responsible parent is a house that has now turned into a battlefield.

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