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When your transcript makes you think of Neutrals and the Woodstock Massacre.

KahlanRahl

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There are some days that I think I've been playing this game too long.

I started playing CN in the spring of 2008, towards the end of my freshman year of college. Like many people, it's become a part of my life, a habit I just can't kick. Logging in to collect taxes and pay bills, checking forums here and forums there, has become as routine to me as taking my evening birth control pill, or taking my dog out to take a leak.

Having a habit like this has consequences, though.

When I look at the acronym "GPA", my first thought isn't "grade point average" and how terrible mine was when they kicked me out of college, but that Neutral Menace the Green Protection Agency, my first home on Bob.

In my city there is a school called the Integrated Arts Academy. But for me, "IAA" brings to mind Star Wars, defunct blocs, little brown cats, and many great people I still call friends.

Watching a James Bond movie has taken on a whole new experience. I now sometimes pick out imagery or quotes I could use in another signature for MI6. Actually I have done that, and there's a whole post full of them on our forums.

I frequently find myself wishing I made as much money in real life as I do in CN. Three million dollars in bills a day is nothing when you're pulling in over 300 million every 20 days.

I wish navigating and discussing politics in real life were as entertaining and enjoyable as CN. I can talk CN politics with people and know what I'm saying, and I don't have to worry about people telling me my opinions are wrong and I'm going to hell because of them, or some other such nonsense. Well, maybe there is a little of that, but this is a game so who cares.

I've downloaded whatsapp for the sole purpose of using it for CN, and I have had some CN people's phone numbers for over 4 years now. Still have a hard time explaining why I have people in my contacts list texting me named "Chimaera" or "Draeg" or "mastabadey". But playing the Goldeneye death tone when I get a message from these people? Totally awesome.

I met my current boyfriend in this game. I know other people have too. Explaining your relationship and how you met? Yeah, I'll save that subject for another post. :laugh:

I used to keep a notebook keeping track of my tech deals and trades, when I was a wee noob. I still keep a CN notebook, but it's not for tech deals. It's for *REDACTED*.

Many times I wish it would be professionally appropriate to add CN experiences to my resume. "Led a large alliance in a browser and forum based political simulator, performing many administrative functions, managed a forum, organized group events..." and on and on.

My typing skills have drastically improved in the time since I started playing CN. Yeah, I took a required typing class in high school, but it just never did stick. It sure helped me type nice papers though.

I found myself thinking of these things today while bored at work, amazed at how CN has become such an influential part of my daily thoughts. Which also kind of depresses me in a way, but I guess it's just like any other hobby. Anyone else have any CNisms to share? Please tell me I'm not the only one. :blush:



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The concept of a warchest has very much carried over into my RL with respect to emergency funds.

Yeah I'm starting to wish I'd saved more money as a kid, when I got checks and cash in cards for holidays and birthdays. Oh well, better to start saving up a "Warchest" a little late than never I suppose.

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Lived in Ottawa for a bit. While driving a visiting friend around, doing the touristy thing, discovered that there is a clothing store called Schad. Damned near drove her car into the sidewalk, couldn't bring myself to explain why.

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The concept of a warchest has very much carried over into my RL with respect to emergency funds.

Yup, same. It's also kinda of creepy how skills I've learned in playing CN carry over into RL.

Ie, how to deal and manage people in CN directly carries into RL....

You learn things a LOT faster in CN with no consequences. Plus, since people are generally less inhibited, it's a LOT easier to know what's "wrong" and what's right.

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The concept of a warchest has very much carried over into my RL with respect to emergency funds.

I am very good with my money and actually have helped a few friends -- and have actually used this as a way to describe it. It really does help.

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The concept of a warchest has very much carried over into my RL with respect to emergency funds.

I've thought about it in the same way. You never know when you need liquidity for lawyer fees, medical emergencies and the like.

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You needed to play CN before you realized the importance of having such a fund?

There are some people that I know who've been playing this game since they were in middle or early high school, so for some yeah it may have taught them that. It wouldn't surprise me.

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There are some people that I know who've been playing this game since they were in middle or early high school, so for some yeah it may have taught them that. It wouldn't surprise me.

I had a saving account of several thousand by the time I was twelve.

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I met some of my closest friends through CN. Without some of them, I'm sure I wouldn't have ever gotten as into anime as I am and probably never would have found some of my favorite video games.

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I met some of my closest friends through CN. Without some of them, I'm sure I wouldn't have ever gotten as into anime as I am and probably never would have found some of my favorite video games.

At least one of these would have been a very good thing

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Same Shokkou, a lot of my best friends are ones I've met playing CN, or through best friends who play CN. I also met my wonderful boyfriend playing this game, as I've said, but I want to talk about CN and internet relationships in general in my next post.

Overall I'm glad I'm not alone in the fact that my hobby has permeated my life in some weird and good ways. ^_^

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At least one of these would have been a very good thing

!@#$%*, I would have found other video games.

EDIT: Wow, the filter makes that look more explicit than it actually was. :v

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CN helps me in keeping fresh my English skills, and it gives me plenty of excuses to play with spreadsheets, images, humour, memes...

Above all it anyway taught me all the useful things I now know about trolls.

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I find CN to be generally a depressing time suck. A world filled with a-holes screwing each other over again and again, in a constant time-loop where all that changes is who is doing the screwing and who is taking it up the bum.

And then those few who never do the screwing but stand around waiting to be all honorable and get more frequent butt-sex. (looking at you, RIA)

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