Do you want to know what addiction sounds like?
It sounds like this.
Weird isn’t it?
That’s the sound you hear in the online game Everquest every time your character advances a level.
Hi, my name is Todd and I am an Everquest addict.
Maybe I’m not (just) an Everquest addict. I’m more a computer gaming addict.
I’ll peruse the developer’s notes of an unreleased game for months. I’ll anxiously await news that I’ve been admitted (or rejected) for upcoming alpha or beta testing for a popular unpublished game. I’ll silently read every fan-based website dedicated to the game in a vain attempt to gain some inside knowledge.
If you’re not familiar with Everquest, I’d first like to congratulate you on having a fucking life. Secondly, I’d like take a quick moment to explain the game as a concept. Thirdly, I’d like to wish a fond farewell to two-thirds of my readers who just said out loud, “Fuck this little geek” and clicked the red X on their browsers.
I’ll miss each and every one of you.
Everquest is a massive online role playing game. Launched in 1999, Everquest was one of the first “online” games to attract a large number of players (arguably the first- of-its-kind award goes to Ultima Online – see I’m a fucking nerd).
Everquest features a virtual world with populations of hundreds of thousands (at its peak) of players cooperating to kill virtual monsters, solve quests and acquire in game items that make their computer characters “better.”
Are you still with me? (God, you’re dedicated, thank you.)
So Everquest, motherfucking Everquest, is my crack of choice.
Sure, I’ve been “Everquest clean” for years at a time. But something always happens to draw me back in.
As you’ve likely already guessed, I’m playing Everquest again.
My current relapse I attribute directly to the launch of the closed alpha EQNext Landmark. Without spending pages upon pages describing what Everquest Next and EQNext Landmark are, suffice it to say that I consider them to be a game-changing, revolutionary in fact, next step in online gaming. Google that shit if you don’t believe me If Sony can pull it off, I think a new high-water mark is about to hit the online gaming community.
So, why am I typing this and talking about the 1999 version of EQ and not inside the closed Alpha as we speak?
Loyalty to you my readers and the subsequent discovery that my piece of crap, off-the- shelf, 3-year-old HP laptop delivered a less-than-stellar one frame of video per 20 minutes of game play during said closed alpha.
Yeah, I was woefully unprepared computer wise for the realities of tomorrow’s games.
I owe that failure — all my failures really — to beer. (All, Todd? Really? ~Fran)
But, I could still play the original EQ and hell that was the next best thing really. I launched the game, updated the patches and dove headfirst back into geekdom.
Everquest, unlike other games that I can usually turn off at a respectable hour or not obsess over, turns me into a raving ubernerd of the one-millionth level.
I become seriously obsessed. So obsessed I have two accounts and end up playing the game on two separate side by side laptops while looking up obscure game details on an iPad — which is how this particular post came to be.
It’s an orgy of mouse-clicking, key-tapping geeking out.
Even now as I write this I’m a little bit agitated. Something in the back of my head is screaming, “Hurry up asshole, we have to log in and get to work on that quest…”
Jesus, pathetic I know.
So not satisfied with two computers of nerdiness I incorporated the iPad to answer basic question about the game like: Where is the best place to take my characters, what is the best piece of equipment I can find for this character and will any woman anywhere ever find me attractive again?
It was during this flurry of “geek” that my wife walked into the kitchen unannounced and unnoticed.
After studying my actions for a moment she announced, “You know how you’re always making fun of me on your blog? Well you should put this goddamn shit on your blog you fucking nerd.”
Touché honey, Touché.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I had a roommate many moons ago who was also addicted to Everquest. Said roommate actually met a girl from Indiana “on” the game and moved her across the country to live with us.
Things were fine at first, she seemed nice enough and he was madly in love, but goddamnit, she constantly did laundry and they took half-hour showers! My water bill was through the roof.
I had to give them the boot.
They did and went on to get there own place, then married and subsequently divorced.
But through it all, they still played Everquest. ~ Fran