MMORPGs = Internet Crack

Well, I’ve been incommunicado for a week now. Why? Runescape, or as I like to call it, Runecrack. This is a low budget (i.e. free) online Massively Multiplayer Online RolePlaying Game. I decided to give it a try to see what it was all about. The gameplay is alright at best. It isn’t the greatest. The addictive part was that everyone else (almost) was another real person, also logged on to this world.

Problems? I didn’t really want to talk to any of them. They were all mostly 10 to 15 year olds. I didn’t really feel like striking up a conversation with them, since we didn’t have that much in common. I especially hated the people who came online and immediately started begging for money from everyone. What a drag!

Anyway, I’ve been playing it straight for most of the week in all my spare time. When I start to do that, I notice and stop as soon as I figure out what’s going on. I have an addictive personality, and I can easily get sucked in to things like online games or blogging politics gambling.

So here I am, back from the land of the online zombies. I find, now that I’m out of it, that I enjoy the face to face aspects of gaming more. Of course, I haven’t tried D&D online, and if I had a better computer it would probably scream as a game….hmmm.

Feel free to welcome me back from the ranks of the missing. It’s good to be back.

The Inner Circle

Have you noticed that everything involving people always seems to have an inner circle syndrome?

For example, there are people who drink coffee. Instant, drip, whatever. But, they get their coffee from the grocery store. They get Folgers or Maxwell House in the big cans and use it, and it tastes just fine. But, then there are the people who buy Starbucks coffee. They go to Starbucks, buy the bags of beans and get them ground and make their coffee. House Blend, Verona, Kenya, whatever. There are different brands of Starbuck’s coffee. However, there is an even more inner circle of coffee drinkers. Those who have shunned Starbucks as common and bad tasting, and who get the rarer brands, such as Peets Coffee. They look down their noses at the poor Starbucks drinking slobs who think they’re all that. Did you know that there are even people who take the fresh coffee beans and roast them by hand. This is (of course) much better than buying that off the shelf crap. Poor deluded people. Everyone knows that the best way is to roast your own.

Have some fun and look around you for other instances of the inner circle syndrome. You’ll find it in any organized or unorganized group of people who get together to share a common interest. If you want, post the ones you can think of in the comments.