The Daily Grind: Have you ruined your sleep for an MMO?

    
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The Daily Grind: Have you ruined your sleep for an MMO?

My wife and I were so excited for the launch of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade that we pre-ordered well in advance and were all set to go for the midnight launch, lining up with others outside of the Gamestop before it released, feeling tired and worn but so excited to get our copies and then get back home to see all of the new stuff in the expansion. We were so excited that we did the same thing a couple of years later for Wrath of the Lich King, this time standing outside in line as we eagerly waited for our boxed copies.

Of course, nowadays there’s no reason not to just get digital copies, and yet that barely matters because the most recent Final Fantasy XIV expansion inspired me to get up as soon as the servers were slated to be back online. I was up at the crack of dawn playing, and I spent the rest of the dang day chewing through the MSQ zealously. It demolished my sleep schedule for the better part of a week. I still don’t really regret it.

But then, MMOs have long allowed you to do things to ruin your sleep – long roleplaying events, camping monsters, marathon grinding sessions, and so forth. So have you ruined your sleep for an MMO? Or do you have the mark of pride of having always gotten a proper night’s rest regardless of other factors?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Dystopiq

Many years ago playing WoW or Maplestory.

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Dean Greenhoe

.. at 5:05 am I finally reached level 50 in DAOC and left for work at 6:00 am. The first in my guild to achieve this milestone. Also achieved an extremely bad day at work. :)

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Mia DeSanzo

Yes. Last night.

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Nordavind

Only during weekends and vacation and holidays. Not on work days.

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xpsync

Isn’t that a bit like a rhetorical question when asking a bunch of mmorpg players?

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Anthony Clark

I have since I started mmorpgs.

It began with UO, then EQ, DAOC, etc.

It continues to this day.

What is this thing you call ‘sleep’ that you speak of?

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xpsync

I hate to admit this as i doubt i’ll make it the norm, and before this i’d laugh at peeps for doing it, but all this boxing talk got me curious af to know what it’s like in wow. So dug in last night and was 4:18 am when i finally thought to check the clock lmao!

Much of the fun in this for me is setting it all up. I grabbed a 24″ out of the closet and put it on the one machine which has a 24″ already. I dual screen at work but not at home? With some of my hobby work lately, yikes second screen alone turned into why didn’t i do this earlier? I have few times in the past but i dunno felt like work i guess and would dismantle?

RaF’d myself and 15 bones later brand new account and discovered you get all of wow’s expansions except last expansion with just a sub, sweet deal.

Figured out commands such target, follow ofc and for combat use

/cast [@targettarget,focus] SpellName

The last thing was sending keys to other wow window, for the first while i’d just click on that screen and press desired macros.

After trying to get hotkeynet to work, finally hit a thread which declared it busted af, and isboxer, or clone keys, and the lot all want $, yeah no! Not paying yearly sub ffs. isboxer is a huge turn off, it’s free but pay money, go f yourself.

In the end I had much success with AutoHotkey. Damn fine program, blows clone out of the water and is f’ing free, no $20 down and yearly from what i got from the forums.

Then tried a few scripts with AutoHotkey with not much luck, then found one which works like magic. No renaming windows, no f’ing around it just f’ing WORKS!!!

Start your wow main account, activate script, and launch as many wow’s as you want, it just works. Tossed in a sample script below that would take up to 4 extra accounts, i’ve only tested 1 extra account.

I’m throwing this out in case anyone is interested in getting a “simple solution” to work without having to wade through reams of garbage, outdated hot messes or having to resort to the give me $money$ solutions.

Dual boxing wow review.

I really need to stop knocking it before i try it, as far as standard leveling it’s a game changer for sure. I can’t believe how much more fun it is.

I recently 120’d a bunch of alts on my main account and i must say atm, if you’re power leveling, you’re better off leveling one toon at a time, maintaining a follow seems to slow things down, and i guess it depends on your approach, if it’s a toon you’ll care about, much longer, don’t care, not as long, but i don’t think it’d be as fast as focusing on one toon only, specially because dungeons are like a xp pinata.

But as far as just out questing, it seriously ramps up the fun factor.

When you dive into this there is a whole multi boxing culture all its own out there and the kits some peeps got rocking are extremely impressive and interesting to read some of the lengths they go to.

Personally i know i wont take it to those limit’s but in no way am i going to deny this little setup i have going isn’t fun af. I’ll probably stick with two but am contemplating a third, maybe, give it some time before i make that decision.

As an Alternative Gameplay style for standard leveling, i’m Sold!!! and want to apologize to all the retail wow players i’ve laughed at in the past. /now people are laughing at me; but when you’re having this much fun, who cares :) haha

—-Here is a 1, and 2 key script sample:—-

WinGet, wowid, List, World of Warcraft

~1::
KeyWait 1
IfWinActive, World of Warcraft
{
ControlSend,, 1, ahk_id %wowid2%
ControlSend,, 1, ahk_id %wowid3%
ControlSend,, 1, ahk_id %wowid4%
ControlSend,, 1, ahk_id %wowid5%
Return
}

WinGet, wowid, List, World of Warcraft

~2::
KeyWait 2
IfWinActive, World of Warcraft
{
ControlSend,, 2, ahk_id %wowid2%
ControlSend,, 2, ahk_id %wowid3%
ControlSend,, 2, ahk_id %wowid4%
ControlSend,, 2, ahk_id %wowid5%
Return
}

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Fred Douglas

Yeah. When SWTOR launched I slept 6 hours each day (alarm and everything). Was one of the first to hit 50. A fine moment in youth that I shake my head at now.

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Bryan Turner

Regarding the launch of BC, I was working at Walmart overnights and there was a massive crowd, couple dozen people waiting for it; there was a delightful grizzled neck beard talking about how every one was responsible for farming Black Lotus for hours a day.

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Gamhuin

EverQuest

Staying up all night for weeks, taking power naps between potential spawn times for Phinagel for the wizard epic, ancient Cyclops for the jboots, and similar mob camping scenarios.
So many late night raids, especially Trakanon or Veeshan’s Peak (which was a two day weekend event).

Aye, I’ve stayed up later than I should have for other games since, but never to the degree I did for EQ in its early years.

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Bryan Turner

For years during Wrath I used to get 3 hours a day on weekdays, I worked nights while my wife worked days so I joined an Oceanic Raiding Guild; I wound up sleeping at 2PM woke up at 4 PM to grab my wife from work and slept another hour before going to work.

I don’t do this any more.