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Warcraft Report: 5 Reasons To Love ‘The Shattering’ Prelude to Cataclysm
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Any MMORPG fan who’s not been hiding under a rock since around last Christmas knows that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is going live in just one day on December 7, 2010.

If you were hiding under that rock, it’s probably only been about a month for you. That’s right, while we were waiting Blizzard had been dropping down little patches laden with treats to make those “end of the expansion blues” just a little less tedious to bear with. Most recently we saw a complete overhaul to every character class in terms of talent trees, timed events that wracked an Azeroth already in the midst of small changes with a surprising amount of elemental attacks, cults preaching the end of the world, and finally, with the last sizable patch came ‘The Shattering’ of the World we all knew.

So with a whole new ‘World’ before us and absolutely zero meaningful raiding going on while we all wait for the expansion to officially drop, what would one do to pass the time?! Well, I’ve complied a list of the 5 things you are going to love about the new Azeroth, the upcoming Cataclysm expansion, and for some of you, a game you thought had grown stale and old.

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Contest: ‘World Of Warcraft’ Prize Pack
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We here at Geeks of Doom have an awesome prize pack for one lucky reader! How’z about a copy of the world’s most successful MMORPG World of Warcraft, AND both of the current expansion packs Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King?!

Yessir! We GoDs are teaming with AXE to help get one awesome Geeks of Doom reader get ready just in time for the upcoming December 7th release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

One (1) winner will receive:

  • One (1) copy of World of Warcraft
  • One (1) copy of World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade
  • One (1) copy of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

TO ENTER: We’re doing this one a little differently than our usual contest, but rest assured there’s still basically just two simple steps:

(1) Try out the the AXE ‘Rile the Ostrich’ game we have embedded below. If you find that you’re up to the challenge click through to the full game at AXE’s World’s Manliest Games and give it the old college try.

(2) Take a screenshot of your best score and email it to us at contest AT geeksofdoom.com with the word “WOW” in the subject line.

The person with the highest score wins!

See, I told ya. Not too difficult. Also, Bonus: You can enter as many times as you’d like.

Good luck!

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Geek Holiday Gift Guide ’08
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Here at Geeks of Doom we know how hard it can be to wade through those frenzied crowds at the department stores during the holidays. We also know that Christmas time is a time where, let’s face it, we’re all spending tons of money on our friends, family, and colleagues. That’s why every day, we post about great sales on DVDs, music, video games, and more to help our readers save a buck, especially during this bank-breaking season.

Hopefully, our daily Deal posts have already helped all of you get most of your holiday shopping done, but for those of you who still are on the lookout for great gift ideas, we Geeks compiled some of our favorite items to help you finish up your last-minute gift-buying. If you plan to buy these items online, we’ve also included the shipping deadlines to ensure that you get your stuff on or before Christmas Eve.

Check out our handy Geek Holiday Gift Guide ’08 below for all the coolest items this season has to offer in DVDs, music, books, comic books, video games, collectibles, electronics, and more.

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Deal: Amazon’s 15 Days 15 Deals Video Game Sale
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Amazon has launched their 15 Days 15 Deals Video Game Sale.

A new deal will be offered each day for the next 15 days (while supplies last, of course) for the sale, which began yesterday with Guitar Hero World Tour Guitar Kit for multiple platforms.

The Guitar Hero World Tour Guitar Kit is currently on sale for $59.99 for PlayStation 2 (down from $89.99) and $69.99 for Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 (down from $99.99).

Aside from the spotlight deal of the day, there’s also other items available at a reduced priced like X2: Wolverine’s Revenge for Mac for only $2.99, Resistance 2 Collector’s Edition for PS3 marked down to $59.99 (that’s a $20 savings and is the same cost as the standard edition), and $3 off the regular price for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack.

Today’s deal is buy a PlayStation 3 160 GB Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Pack and get LittleBigPlanet (a $59.99 value) for free!

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Coping with RL through MMORPG: My Life as a Cow Person, Part II
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This is going to be the second installment of the true-life accounts of a cow person, just trying to make it in the world, and his IRL alter ego’s battle through depression and life changes. (To catch up, here’s Part I.)

Right before I left that morning, I said goodbye to all my guildies, unsure of what to expect when I reached the hospital. Tarsonus was relaxing, ready for sleep after a long night of leveling out in the Blasted Lands. I wandered to an inn, to be sure I could level with ease once I returned home later. As I logged out, I knew today was going to be one of the hardest of my life.

August 4th, 2008 is a day in my life I will never forget. It was blistering hot, the sun was bearing down on everyone outside that day. Everywhere I looked it seemed like such a peaceful day. Everyone buzzed about their business, my friends and I made jokes, I chain smoked cigarette after cigarette. Everything seemed normal, except that we were outside of the hospital and my mother was upstairs, hooked up to machines to make her breathe, slowly slipping away from me and everyone else who loved her. I felt horrible at the time for thinking, but I didn’t want to be there. I didn’t want to be anywhere. Even Azeroth had lost its shine and shimmer for me at this time. Dalvengyr (my server) was no longer my sanctuary from the outside world, simply another reminder that time eventually passed and things changed. Outside, my friends chattered on and I am sure I did too, though I couldn’t tell you the conversation. I hated everything and everyone for feeling normal. For being able to smile without a false sense of hope.

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