We’ve all been there. A game that has sucked you in and you just couldn’t stop playing for months on end. Well that happened to me for two separate summers. Since this is Summer theme week, I’ll talk about these two widely different gaming experiences for me.

It was the summer of 2010, and I had started playing World of Warcraft once again. I had played the game for several stints before, but never really stayed on for a month or more. Some buddies of mine got back into the game so I decided to get back in too. I was out of school, I could really put some time into it. Well I definitely put time into it.

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It was at the end of the Lich King expansion cycle. I spent most of my time leveling up and playing my Blood Elf Retributuion Paladin, Ruibari. Man was that a different time compared to now. I was still on the old Azeroth map, so quests and the zones were not as streamlined as they are now. Some areas were just outright avoided for their lack of quests and high variance in mob level.

I started out in the Eversong Woods into Ghostlands and finally into Silverpine Forest. Around this time, I had a fun thought. Lets go run Deadmines (I think I was lvl 23/24 at the time). At the time, Dungeon finder was limited to Lich King dungeons, so I went on an adventure. Traveling to Stranglethorn and then traversing through Duskwood into eventually Westfall Where I would go use the OP Paladin skills to solo Deadmines. Paladins in the Lich King expansion just had so much self-healing and protection that they had no issue doing these kind of things.

“CHECK OUT THAT NOISE!” - Mr. Smite

I would later solo Sunken Temple as well. Now this was pre-Cata Sunken Temple which was a really long-winded, confusing, annoying as hell dungeon. Eventually I made it to Outland.

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Going through Outland for the first time was quite an experience. I progressed through most of the zones as I would before flying became cheaper. My favorite zones in Outland had to be Nagrand and Terokkar Forest.

Then came the beautiful Northrend. Starting with the Howling Fjord, I worked my way through Boreal Tundra, Dragonblight, Zul’Drak, Sholazar Basin and eventually Icecrown. Each zone is just perfectly sewn together in such a way that everything flows so good. We still had the Wrathgate event which I consider to be one of the best parts of the expansion.

The rest of my summer I spent grinding out dungeons, doing dailies and weeklies. Grabbed a full set of the Int heirlooms, and worked on tailoring and enchanting professions on Ruibari. I didn’t do much raiding, never had a guild big enough to do it most of the time. I was able to do the Trial of the Crusader, and bits of Icecrown Citadel and Ulduar. Nothing brings back the Lich King nostalgia more than hearing “BONE STORM!”

Come September I was back in school, and I laid off the WoW until Cataclysm launched in December that same year.


I’ve been a fan of Street Fighter for years. I really got into the game when Super Street Fighter 4 was released. Over the summer of 2012, I spent a lot of time on the game. I think the game still has my overall record for most time spent on Steam, some 218 hours played.

*video is just showing off Gen moves. Don’t mind the Ultra subtitle.

I specialized in Gen, and used a Dualshock 3 controller. The summer was hot and so was some win streaks I went on. I worked my way to the top of the PC Gen leaderboards with somewhere in the amount of 18k battle points. Nothing feels better than beating someone with a move that only deals gray damage. (Gen’s Ultra 2)

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There really isn’t much else to say other than some long winded nights playing the game left me exhausted for classes the next morning. Although playing the game with some classmates eventually led to me to join the local fighting game community where I spent the next 2-3 years having some of the best local competitive gaming experiences in my life.


Summer is once more upon is. For me, that means more work at nights, sleeping through the day, and some form of gaming in between the two.

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Has there ever been a game that sucked you in for a season? Any gaming addiction tips? If you were addicted, what helped you break the habit?


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AlmightyDuke is an average gamer from the Great White North. When he’s not slinging cards in Hearthstone,or suppoting the Overwatch, he’s sharing the good vibes and good laughs. Follow him here, @AlmightyDuke_NL .