The super secret hidden quest in ‘World of Warcraft’ is an exercise in insanity, patience

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There’s a classic cognitive psychological study involving a patient, a button, and a reward. The point of the trial is to leave the patient alone in the room with the button, to test how long they’ll go without hitting the switch. The test is a window into the  ability — and in some cases, inability — to handle delayed gratification.

Similar trials with monkeys and dogs exist, showing that even the animal kingdom only has so much patience. Continue reading

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If a dryad wisps in the woods does anybody hear it?: A ‘Heroes of the Storm’ guide for Lunara

Do you hear that sound, mortals? It’s the call of the Earth, beckoning you back to Mother Gaia.

Err… Sorry. That was just my cell phone. False alarm.

Speaking of being one with the Earth: A new Heroes of the Storm Hero was added to the roster this week in the form of Lunara, World of Warcraft dryad and follower of Cenarius. Continue reading

‘World of Warcraft: Legion’ through the eyes of a lapsed hardcore raider

A pain begins to throb within me once new World of Warcraft content is announced.

A dull feeling, like longing for a forgotten love or memory of better times, lost to the wind and never fully grasped again. This ache grows into a crescendo of urge and want until, eventually, I give in to this carnal need to launch myself back into the world of Azeroth.

Then…nothing. I play, and as quickly as that drug is shot into my veins, that want phases into a gaming fugue state. I come out on the other end of that tunnel thinking “Oh, right. I just remembered why I stopped playing.”

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