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Flying AFK


When you look at your flight time of 5 minutes – what are you meant to do during those 5 mins?

I am finding myself trying to plan long flights around Bathroom trips – washing dishes,  putting washing on ect ect,  When I am on such a long trip I am not paying attention to the game – Is that intentional?

Its a forced break – you either stare at the screen thinking – Hurry up – hurry up – Alt Tab out, do stuff on your duel screen or walk away from the computer.

Now the danger in walking away from the computer or Alt Tabbing out is you get distracted.  Its no longer important that you now have finally landed in Tanaris – You can dry the dishes after you wash them,  finish reading the news or your Rss.   

I know there are other distractions such as Peggle or Bejewelled that you can play while you are flying – but isn’t that rather silly?  You need a game within a game to distract you through periods of inactivity. Often the easiest thing to do is walk away from the PC – which is the healthier alternative then staying at your screen staring blankly at the landscape as it passes. I love some of the views,  but my love is wearing thin at  its repetitiveness.

So I think those long haul flights need to be shorter.  Maybe go through mini portals in flight.  The technology exists – permanent portals.   Mages can do it, borrow some of those Daralan Mages and have them cast sky portals.  It could be like a Star gate in the sky  -(  so Blizzard should made sure they consult with Captain O’neal and Lieutenant Karter in Stormwind Champions Hall before they do introduce this technology.  Maybe there are other Aliens that also use this technology.

My Little Shammy is getting bigger and at level 44 now she is  going back and forth from STV, Feralas and Tanaris finishing off all the quests there, so the flying times are hurting, and when I do get to play her,  I will log off midflight because I can’t be bothered waiting for her to land.

 She is also now my highest leveled Horde character – my Hunter sitting at level 42. One of the reasons I lost interest in leveling her was I was finding it difficult to find a place to quest,  I had completely forgotten about  Feralas,  but now my Shammy has discovered it, I may go back and try and get her a little higher ( pvp realm – Cringe)

I get three weeks off work soon.  Yeah!  I’m going to visit our very own capital Canberra  for a few days – and to see a friend there, and maybe a overnighter in the mountains, and a couple of days in Qld or Melb if I can get some cheap flights.  I am trying to promise myself that I will not buy a netbook  just so I can have internet for those days.

I also won a beta key for Cites XL so I intend on giving that a good whack on my holis  too,  ( just because I’ve never had a beta key to anything before)

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1 Response to “Flying AFK”


  1. 1 Tamarind July 22, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I guess this probably sounds a bit lame but I don’t mind the long-haul flights at all. I like the fact that Azeroth is big and getting across it takes a bit of thought and certain quantity of time. Usually I look at the scenery and talk to people mercilessly, but sometimes I make plans, cunning plans, for what I’m going to do next, evaluate my spec, organise my bags. And, err, yes, occasionally I make a cup of tea or have a shower 😉


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