Squirrel! (or: Gaming Distractions)

Look! Squirrels!!
Look! Squirrels!!

This week’s Shared Topic over at Blog Azeroth was suggested by Oathblade of Info about WoW from the Altaholic and is about what we do while gaming. The shared topic runs from March 12-18, so come add your two cents to the pile!

We all like to do other things when we game. What do you do? Why?

Ah the joys of multitasking!

One of the fun side-effects of dual-boxing is that my WoW windows don’t take up my entire desktop. Thus I have a bit of wiggle room when it comes to ‘things to do while Auctioneer is scanning.’

Can Haz ChatModule?


Tucked into the left of the browser you can see the Facebook messaging window (redacted), as that’s my default method of communication at the moment. I went ahead and installed the separate chat window since I don’t always have the web-browser open to it.

Eventually I will find a guild and then I can chat on Vent, but until then I’m resigned to harassing my hubby. Mwahaha!

Blogging the Apocalypse

Code Code Code
Code Code Code

Most of the time I also have my web-browser open and pointed to guts of this very blog. Some of the time it’s getting screenshots to match blog posts… but most of the time it’s because I’m taking notes for the leveling posts.

More often than not at least one of the open tabs is to Wowhead and Wowpedia. I’m constantly tweaking the macros on my priesting pair and/or getting lost trying to find quest points. I need to just reinstall TomTom. *mutters*

Riddle Within an Enigma

Lord of the Rings Online

I don’t play other games while I have WoW open, because my favorites are RTS and MMORPGs which don’t tend to play nice with each other. Now if I could just figured out how to run Lotro and WoW at once I’d be set!

(Between the WoW taxi rides and the Lotro crafting headaches, I think it might work out well…)

And a Song in My Heart

Rhapsody Logo

I don’t listen to music much when my hubby isn’t home, out of habit more than anything else. I was never a devoted radio listener and I was never much for collecting cassettes or CDs. I have a small stash of musicals and a MP3 folder full of Jonathan Coulton, but most of the time I just listen to WoW.

Or whatever’s on Hulu…

Watching the World Burn


I will admit to having Hulu open now and then—although I only have it on as background noise. Although questing is still not that enthralling most times, I do have to keep my eyes on the road. So I listen/watch shows that work well as radio shows. Biggest Loser, Kitchen Nightmares, etc. make for interesting dialog and only really need you to look at the visuals once or twice.

Elsewhere on the Internets

Altaholic from Info about WoW from the Altaholic has posted here and somehow managed to juggle Netflix, YouTube, radio, and slower paced games in the downtime (I’m assuming it’s not all at once! 😉 )

Mabaho of bikesbabesbytes has posted here and sometimes watches a movie or listens to music, but is sadly familiar with the theme of this book. Ah, the joys of kid!aggro! (Never underestimate the power of the bored under-fives) ((or bored teenagers, for that matter))

Dragonray of Azerothian Life has posted here and has web browsers open and music wafting happily in the background (and every so often sneaks in a podcast). Seems like all of us are a bit of a multitasking addict…

Frazzld of Among the Elements has posted here and has a laptop running with websites and sometimes music or video, plus a radio or TV to provide that soothing background hum so many of us crave. Add in a mumble server and any downtime is pretty much packed!

Syrco of Syrco Owl has posted here and has Twitter up, chats with folks over vent or skype, dips into web browsing once in a while but mostly keeping the conversation flowing (and the music music’ing). I can barely keep two conversations going in whispers straight, so I’m pretty impressed with the conversational multitasking!

Effy of Effraeti’s RP has posted here and apparently no one ever needs to ask where the Techo is coming from… Other than music as a must, there’s web browsing and tweeting afoot, but only in the downtime during raiding. (The horrible wait that is PuG dungeon running is another matter!) Leveling also invokes the shiny so there’s often a few dozen distractions waiting in the wings.

Martha Bechtel

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Mabaho

    🙂 oh yes, I’m very familiar with that book!

    1. Martha Bechtel

      *grin* The Samuel l. Jackson audiobook version is priceless! I don’t have kids, but I’ve done enough late night babysitting that it hit home—so very very true to life. 😉

      Now if I could only adapt it for dungeon runs… heh

      1. Mabaho

        Oh, never heard of that… will have to find it thanks 🙂

  2. Morrigu

    I bought that book for one of my work colleagues who has a one year old son for his secret santa present. I think he liked it… He took it home anyway!

    1. Martha Bechtel

      I have yet to meet someone with kids (or who babysat) who doesn’t at least grin when they read it. Parental suffering is universal! ^_~ heh

  3. Nightwill

    well I realized I might need help when I was dualboxing WoW, playing a slow turn based game, watching (more listening) to a history channel show on netflix and talking to a friend on the phone.

    Oh and surfing the web with my IMs open cause you got to have that.

    Ive slimmed down since and have a much more relaxing time having fun 🙂

    1. Martha Bechtel

      I’m trying to keep my open programs to a minimum since my computer isn’t the sharpest crayon in the box, but I always seem to end up with more than I should. Lotro is much less forgiving of my split attention span and I keep locking things up when I try my WoW’ing ways whilst Hobbit’ing… Darnit.

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