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A massively multiplayer distraction

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I am addicted to MMOs. For the less video game inclined, MMO is short for MMORPG or massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Big names in the MMO industry include Tera, Guild Wars 2, Runescape, and most popularly, World of Warcraft.

My most recent interest is ESO, otherwise known as The Elder Scrolls Online, which is the MMO rendition of the popular series including Oblivion and Skyrim. ESO received a substantial amount of backlash at the time of its release in 2014. However, since then, most of the initial bugs have been rectified, and many players are returning to the game with renewed interest.

The rising popularity of ESO has me itching to try it out, but a defining characteristic of MMOs is that they literally eat your time for breakfast. So, my burning dilemma this week is to decide whether to buy the game while it’s still on sale on Steam, effectively abandoning my schoolwork and social life for the foreseeable future, or forego my dreams of escaping the terrors of student life by immersing myself into an expansive fantasy universe where the words “term”and “paper” will never be used together in the same sentence.

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