Taking video game obession to the next level

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by madoka, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. madoka macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2002

    Think you play too much World of Warcraft?

    Compared to "Prepared," you don't.

    In a case of game addiction gone officially bananas, gaming blog Joystiq reports on what is surely the biggest Warcraft fan of them all. Known only under the moniker "Prepared," the gamer plays a stunning 36 World of Warcraft accounts on 11 different computers...simultaneously.

    Stemming from a desire to manage raids -- large-scale gameplay sessions that typically require the teamwork of multiple players -- all by himself, the die-hard gamer seems undaunted by both the financial and lifestyle commitments to such a geeky endeavor.

    "It costs me exactly $5711 in subscription costs per year with 36 accounts on the 6 month pay schedule," he writes. "Not bad considering I'm looking at it like it's a hobby and there are more expensive hobbies out there than World of Warcraft."

    Like yachting, perhaps. And despite the downturn in the economy, Prepared can't wait to get his hands on the upcoming Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.

    "I plan to be at the store when it opens and will purchase 36 copies of it. With tax, it should be about $1500 for all of them."

    Word of Prepared's over-the-top addiction comes on the heels of the annual Blizzcon Convention, a fan-oriented celebration of the games created by Warcraft publisher Blizzard.


    Somebody attach that pic of his setup. It's insane!
  2. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Berklee College of Music
    That's ridiculous.

    ...and just think. If he played Guild Wars, he wouldn't have to pay all those monthly fees :p
  3. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2005
    Manchester UK
    I wonder what his girlfriend/wife thinks of all of this :D:D:D
  4. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    You're assuming he has a girlfriend/wife, which, considering the evidence, is not very likely.

    My only question is where the hell he gets the money to pay for all that stuff.
  5. redmeister macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2007
  6. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    You know, he probably doesn't spend a lot of money on much else. It's all about priorities.

    Years ago when I was programming, I used to work with a guy that was making $50K/yr. He was a huge Porsche fan, and always wanted a Carrera. Of course his salary was fine if he chose to buy a poster of a Porsche, but that's about it. But the guy was living his life like he was making $20K/yr, and hoarded the rest. And I'll be damned if after a few years he didn't just go buy the Carrera - he bought it cash.

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