Grinding to Valhalla

Interviewing the gamer with a thousand faces

Lars (Chapter 4)

Posted by Randolph Carter on May 15, 2009

Chapter 4: Preferences

At your peak, how much time per week would you say you spent gaming? How about now?

Ohh too much time is spend gaming, but it depends on the season. Now during spring/summer it’s about 10 hours per week but during the winter it may double at least

When during the week are your regular play times?

Friday to Sunday

Generally speaking, are you more of a social creature in MMOs (grouping to quest, joining guilds, etc.) or something of a lone wolf?

Both, i often quest alone but i am real active in the guildchat when i quest

Have you made any lasting friendships through your MMO experience? Please explain.

Yes, i see world of warcraft as more then just a game, its a place to meet old and new friends and i have a friend that i have been playing since launch day, we are now on different servers but we still chat on MSN and over mail and we have alts on each others server

Before logging into a game, do you already have a course of action planned out in your head, or do you just sort of do whatever you feel like once in game?

I hate to have everything planned out, i am a random guy so to speak, one day i want to do a lot of pvp the other day its doing daily’s the next i do allot of instances

When playing MMOs do you tend to just play one at a time or do you take more of the smorgasbord approach?

I stuck with WoW because i have a computer from the early stoneage, you can play wow on it with no problem but to try to play MMO’s like Conan or any of the newer ones is out of the question until the day i am done with my studies and gotten a job and a big paycheck

Do you tend to supplement your MMO gaming with other PC, console or tabletop games?

Yes, i am owner of all Nintendo consoles from the Nes to the Wii and a 360, so the MMO part is actually a small part of my gaming

Are you something of an altoholic?

Yeah, got around 25-30 alts spread over many servers, some of them are just so i can speak with my irl friends ingame but most of them are 40+ and being played on at least several times a week

Do you find yourself multitasking while gaming (perhaps watching TV, talking on the phone, out of game instant messaging, playing another game, or even listening to a podcast)?

Yes, instant messaging alot and listening to music and of course look on diffrent wow related pages (Like wowhead, curse.com, mmo-champion.com)

Do you find yourself having much MMO discussion off-line, perhaps with friends or family?

Hehe, yeah since lots of my irl friends also plays wow

Have you ever felt that you game too much? If so, how did you cope with that?

Yeah, i was without a job and no girl friend so i did play like 8-10 hours a day 7 days a week for a very long time and at the end i was thinking what am i doing and took a 6 month long break from the game

Since you started playing MMOs, have you ever taken a break from the genre? If so, please explain.

Yeah a 6 month break (Reason look at the answer above)

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