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Blizzard Entertainment Sells Digital Crack…

Blizzard EntertainmentI love Blizzard games. Several months ago I purchased the StarCraft battlechest, and the Diablo 2 battlechest. Both games are really excellent (I’ll post specifically about StarCraft later) and they both are complete time-suck games. When I play them, hours of my time just disappear. Afterward I feel like I’ve been abducted by aliens, but I enjoyed my time being abducted by aliens.

This is beside the point. Several months ago I purchased those two games and when I got the package in the mail, I was in for a surprise. I cracked open the box and pulled out StarCraft, Diablo II and World of WarCraft (WoW). At first I thought that WoW was a demo but upon closer inspection I realized that it was the full game. I checked the invoice and only Diablo and StarCraft were on it so I knew that I hadn’t been charged for it. Blizzard had sent me a full WoW game. What many people don’t know is that WoW comes with a one month free subscription (to try it out I guess). I thought about installing WoW and trying the one month free. I thought about it for a long time. I knew enough about WoW to know that it is one of the most addictive games created and that I probably wasn’t strong enough to keep it from eating my soul so I decided NOT to install WoW. Let me explain myself… I have a wife and kids (who I love very much), I have a full-time job and I’m in grad school. I just don’t have the time to commit myself to something like that. If my wife and kids died in a car crash, then I would install WoW and play it, but until then I won’t be playing WoW. I firmly believe that Blizzard sent me that WoW on purpose. Like a crack dealer they’ll give me a free fix to get me hooked and then they’ll start charging me full price. I won’t allow myself to fall down that slippery slope. StarCraft and Diablo II are enough, although I think I’m going to pick up the WarCraft III battlechest, and then there is StarCraft II to think about…

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