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A Trip Down Memory Lane – Wizard 101

John Coyne, Staff Writer

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Recently I began playing Wizard 101 again out of pure nostalgia from when I was in 6th or 7th grade, but suddenly, I became deeply interested (NOT ADDICTED) to the game again. I never realized how much depth was put into the game mechanics, and I am now having more fun experimenting with different decks and spells as well as gear than I did when I first started playing the game. I wanted to write this article for anyone who wanted to take a trip down memory lane with this game. The quirks in this game are what makes it a truly great game. For example, my favorite quirk is chat restrictions. For some reason, you are not allowed to say any numbers in any way shape or form. You can’t say, “5,” “Five,” “F i v e,” any combination you can think of. So if you want to say, “We need to kill 5 of these minions,” the chat will block the five and say, “We need to kill … of these minions.” This will spark the response, “How many minions do we need to kill,” in which the reply cannot contain the number which is the funniest thing in the world. If you ever need to get around the chat restrictions to insult someone, I found a creative sentence that is the best way to insult another player: “That’s it loser face, I’ve had enough of this. I will now eat you and your family.” It’s short, sweet, offensive, and insulting, and quite possibly the funniest thing to say to unsuspecting 12-year-olds on the internet. Another quirk that really hurts this game’s popularity but makes me want to have fun with the game, even more, is the repetitiveness of the quests. There are very little differences between quests, the main four being kill … of some creature (notice the joke there), defeat [insert name] (a boss), or interact with … intractable objects, and, of course, talk to [insert name]. It is so fun to joke with my friends (or myself…) when I talk to a new character to be like, “Oh I wonder what this quest will be… let’s see…” and then have to do the same quests over and over again with different creatures. Nostalgia and the quirks of this game are why this will be one of my favorite games of all times, and I would highly recommend coming back to this game if you played it before earlier in your life. If you have never played it before, you’re going to realize just how bad this game really is… Stay metal \m/

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