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4:42pm on Thursday, 13th January, 2011:



Last night, when I was playing World of Warcraft, I queued my warlock up to run a random heroic instance. The queue was 46 minutes long. When I finally got to the front, I found myself a new member of a party that was standing in front of one of the optional bosses at the end of the Halls of Origination. The other party members were all in the same guild as each other.

They said "hi", I said "hi". They said "r?" (that means "ready?", non-MMO players), I said "yes".

Then, they kicked me out of the group.

I can't have been there for more than 30 seconds. I thought I'd be returned to the front of the queue, but no, I wasn't. I had to rejoin it, whereupon I discovered I'd have to wait 51 minutes for another group.

If I played MMOs for fun, I can see how this might have been quite annoying.

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