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Man "Beats" World of Warcraft 655

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the and-you-thought-your-life-was-empty dept.
Precision pointed out that a Taiwanese man has been named the first ever person to successfully beat World of Warcraft, getting all 986 achievements, completing 5906 quests and /hugging 11 players. Insert joke here. There are many.
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Man "Beats" World of Warcraft

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  • Of course (Score:5, Funny)

    by snowwrestler (896305) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:06PM (#30311206)

    How can you kill that which has no life??

  • Relevence (Score:5, Funny)

    by conureman (748753) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:06PM (#30311208)

    Something I can tell my kid that won't get a "meh". Cool.

  • Gratz (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sparhawktn (818225) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:07PM (#30311218)
    Wonder how many "people" this man really is
  • by Psychotic_Wrath (693928) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:07PM (#30311220)
    If he doesn't have all the best gear then I wouldn't say he has beaten it yet. But that is quite an achievement what he has done.
    • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohnNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:08PM (#30311244) Journal

      If he doesn't have all the best gear then I wouldn't say he has beaten it yet. But that is quite an achievement what he has done.

      Here's his gear [wowarmory.com] and stats and achievements and PvP and all that. I wish I knew his /played though.

      • by batquux (323697) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:22PM (#30311472)

        So he's only done this with one race/class combo. What a n00b!

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by richdun (672214)

          Yeah try getting all that with a mage or (insert whiny "can haz buffz?" race / class combo here)!

          But seriously, check out his Feats of Strength. He may have "only" done this on one race / class combo, but he's pretty done everything a druid could / should do. Realm firsts on nearly every Wrath raid boss that gives a feat, high arena ranking last season (probably explains the tree off-spec), has Atiesh, and did holidays before holidays gave achievements. Impressive, if not insanely time consuming. (also - no

      • by Shadyman (939863) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:25PM (#30311546) Homepage
        So, wait. He's got 165/164 achievements in PvP and 138/139 World Event achievements? Hmmm... He doesn't have "BB King" from Winter Veil. Pwned already by upcoming events!
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by sofar (317980)

          I think it's a fake, and I know of one achievement he doesn't have (perhaps wowarmory doesn't even know them):

          it takes at least 5 kills over Argent Confessor Paletress to get an achievement for killing at least 5 different nightmares. He's only killed this boss once according to his stats page.

          other achievements also show incomplete but granting him the achievement points (turkey rogue shooter one for instance).

          looks like a giant glitch on blizzards site, and so I'm not trusting his page (not that it isn't

    • by Major Blud (789630) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:08PM (#30311254) Homepage
      Yeah, he better have the Sword of a 1000 Truths.
  • Ancient proverb (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hexed_2050 (841538) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:11PM (#30311300)
    Man's level and experience in MMORPG is reversely proportional to level and experience in real life.
  • To Everyone... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by whisper_jeff (680366) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:13PM (#30311318)
    To everyone who's about to make a "get a life" joke, may I remind you, you're about to post on a geek news website. While the level of dedications required to achieve this probably does mean this guy doesn't get out often, I'd wager that many of us here aren't all that different and could probably use lives of our own...
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by houghi (78078)

      Get a life.

      • by lastchance_000 (847415) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:46PM (#30311986)
        This seems relevant...

        William Shatner: You know, before I answer any more questions there's something I wanted to say. Having received all your letters over the years, and I've spoken to many of you, and some of you have traveled... y'know... hundreds of miles to be here, I'd just like to say... GET A LIFE, will you people? I mean, for crying out loud, it's just a TV show! I mean, look at you, look at the way you're dressed! You've turned an enjoyable little job, that I did as a lark for a few years, into a COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME!

        [ a crowd of shocked and dismayed Trekkies.... ]

        I mean, how old are you people? What have you done with yourselves?

        [ to "Ears" ] You, you must be almost 30... have you ever kissed a girl?

        [ "Ears" hangs his head ]

        I didn't think so! There's a whole world out there! When I was your age, I didn't watch television! I LIVED! So... move out of your parent's basements! And get your own apartments and GROW THE HELL UP! I mean, it's just a TV show dammit, IT'S JUST A TV SHOW!

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by eln (21727)
      Sure, you probably don't have a lot of social butterflies on this site, but I'd wager that very few of them are really the reclusive shut-in that you would have to be to accomplish such a feat. There are levels of obsession with anything, and this guy's case seems pretty extreme by any measure. I can't even imagine the amount of time this sort of thing would take, and how many other things he could have been doing.

      I don't want to sit around mocking this guy for this, but I do feel sorry for him. After
      • Re:To Everyone... (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:55PM (#30312162)

        I can't even imagine the amount of time this sort of thing would take, and how many other things he could have been doing.
        I don't want to sit around mocking this guy for this, but I do feel sorry for him. After all, after his own personal sense of accomplishment over this feat has faded, he's going to be left looking back at all the time he spent on it, and the fact that he ultimately has nothing of any value to show for it. That can be very depressing.

        The same can be said about every Olympic or World Champion in just about any sport. It might also be applied to people who spend every hour of every night for years building their own hot rod or ships in bottles or whatever.
        In fact it can be said about every living human being who choose to do something different from what you choose to do with your time. "They should get a life."
        Nobody else ever has anything to show for how they have spent their time that has any value to me. I was born, I know that I will die, what's inbetween is mine.

        • Re:To Everyone... (Score:5, Insightful)

          by nine-times (778537) <nine.times@gmail.com> on Thursday December 03, 2009 @02:17PM (#30313604) Homepage

          It might also be applied to people who spend every hour of every night for years building their own hot rod or ships in bottles or whatever.

          You might even argue that it applies to people who work their whole lives to achieve fame and fortune. It's not uncommon for those people to neglect some of their personal relationships or have other parts of their lives suffer. Often enough, they end up losing their fortune to some degree or failing in other pursuits. Eventually, sooner or later, those people will die anyway, and it's not clear that they're better off in death than any of us. It's all pointless from a certain perspective.

          So cheer up, all you WoW players. Your WoW-filled lives aren't any worse than a guy who has millions of dollars and bangs supermodels!

        • Re:To Everyone... (Score:4, Insightful)

          by denmarkw00t (892627) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @02:25PM (#30313756) Homepage Journal

          Okay, but I think far more people would find value in a handcrafted ship-in-a-bottle, or a hot rod built by hunting down the parts needed, taking the time to learn the engineering, and applying that into a working restoration of a vehicle. On top of that, these things also tend to carry value both socially and monetarily, as well as a sense of accomplishment that actually carries on past the "fading" point likely to be felt with the WoW accomplishment. Doing things like building a car or a house or spending months perfecting a masterpiece of oil and canvas open people up to more social exposure than, say, having some friends over to check out your paladin. You can drive your hot rod, take it to shows, hell even be a guest speaker in an auto-mechanics class. A composition of music could be enjoyed for hundreds of years by audiences you never imagined. Your WoW account, however, will likely not be heralded as a feat of great accomplishment outside of a small community of others seeking to achieve in even the modest task which is their charge: level up.

          • Re:To Everyone... (Score:5, Insightful)

            by ShakaUVM (157947) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @03:05PM (#30314346) Homepage Journal

            Uh, what do you mean he won't be heralded as a great achiever? There's a front page story about him on Slashdot, which is more fame than your hypothetical ship-in-a-bottle builder will ever see.

            Even IF all the posts on here are mocking him. William Hung is famous too, right?

          • Re:To Everyone... (Score:5, Insightful)

            by Sprouticus (1503545) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @03:12PM (#30314462)

            ahh but ther point you make assume I place the same value on those things as everyone else. If I choose to place value on other things, then your opinion is not valid in MY eyes.

            Ships in a bottle are a waste of time, get a life
            Sports are a waste of time, get a life.
            Making money is a waste of time, get a life.
            Going to bars to meet girls is a waste of time, get a life
            Sex is a waste of time, get a life.

            All of these are transient, as are all things. You can argue some have more value than others but that value is relative to the people involved. It is primarily a cultural and societal construct.

            We can argue that pursuits which return goods or money may have more value for basic every day needs (food, water, shelter, etc) but that is not really what we are talking about here. You can also argue that even those have no real value in the long run. Same with sciene or art. In 20,000 years the Beatles wont matter.

            How is an olympian served by the dogged pursuit of a gold mdeal in cross country skiing. Longer life...MAYBE. But in reality moderate excersise along with using the extra time to make $$ for your health care and housing in the future is probably better in that regard.

            Simply put, do what YOU love, fuck the rest of the world. Most people are idiots anyways.

    • Re:To Everyone... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Pharmboy (216950) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:37PM (#30311804) Journal

      Karma whoring at it's finest. Some of us run departments, play on Facebook, have successful marriages, fish on the weekends, visit with family regularly, and still have the time to hit slashdot, simply because it saves us time by consolidating tech news.

      I know its fun for /.ers ourselves lonely losers, but in reality, most of the readers are likely quite successful in one way or another, or all the "your rights online" and quazi-political articles and such would be meaningless.

  • I beat it ages ago (Score:5, Insightful)

    by unbug (1188963) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:15PM (#30311342)
    I stopped playing.
    • by Daetrin (576516) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:18PM (#30311408)
      A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.
    • by BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:32PM (#30311686) Homepage Journal
      High Five brother. I beat a 2.5 year long WoWcrack addiction myself years ago. I still remember it like it was yesterday. Those long, back-knotted nights of failed Stratholme runs and epic fails. Noobs causing my blood pressure to rise exponentially in the Arathi Highlands....The cold chills of the 4 AM morning air nipping at my underwear-shod body, the only thing driving my spirit was the pipe dream of epic loots and bragging rights in Ironforge. Before Illidan. Before Arthas. Back when you knew how dedicated a WoW player was based on how high their fishing skill was....

      *shudder*

      I was one of the few ones lucky enough to turn away from that hell with my life still intact. I feel a bond with others I meet that were able to do the same. Stand strong my friend...relapse is easy.
      • by BobMcD (601576) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:46PM (#30312000)

        I was one of the few ones lucky enough to turn away from that hell with my life still intact. I feel a bond with others I meet that were able to do the same. Stand strong my friend...relapse is easy.

        Since it seems you're being serious, I'd like to respectfully disagree.

        World of Warcraft is a social game played via the internet. The degree of 'hell' you endure is completely, totally, entirely a product of the choices YOU make. The degree of addiction you suffer attached to the game is likewise a product of YOUR OWN deficiencies. To lay all the blame of your unhappiness on this or any video game is completely irresponsible.

        If you find dealing with random people on the internet to be unbearable, look into personality training. If you find internet games to be an addictive force that dominate your life, look into self-control/addiction support.

        Meanwhile thank God you didn't accidentally wander into a casino or a crack house instead.

        To be clear - I feel you've made the right choice, but I feel that placing the responsibility on the game itself undermines the millions of people who have not lost their lives to it.

        • by ConceptJunkie (24823) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @01:00PM (#30312280) Homepage Journal

          I don't see where the parent was blaming the game. He said he beat the addiction and was glad to do so, and gave details on how strong the addiction could be.

          How is that blaming the game?

          If anything he owned up to it. It seems to me you're being very mean to person simply because he succumbed in the past to an addiction. There, but for the grace of God, go a lot of people. Having a predilection to weakness is called being human, and if you are going to bash someone who is willing to expose a weakness that he _overcame_ then perhaps you are the one who should seek personality training.

          • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

            by BobMcD (601576)

            I can be mean, to be sure, and would really appreciate any personality input you may offer. But I think you're just not reading the same inflection on the words that I am.

            I was one of the few ones lucky enough to turn away from that hell with my life still intact.

            Either this is hyperbole, or you're the one reading it wrong.

            This is what I read:

            one of the few ones

            This statement implies that only the minority 'escape'. This implies, in turn, that is normal to be unable to escape, or otherwise the majority would be able to do so.

            lucky enough

            This implies that only enough luck allows you to escape. Not differences in individuals, c

        • by frenchgates (531731) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @01:14PM (#30312538)
          In the immortal words of Foghorn Leghorn, I say, I say, slow down there, boy! Do you have a bone to pick with the idea of addiction as a disease as opposed to a personal failing? It's a legitimate topic for debate, but the poster didn't make a statement one way or the other. Or are you a WoW fanboi leaping to its defense reflexively? Because the poster never really disparaged the game either, just his own experiences playing it.
  • by princessproton (1362559) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:15PM (#30311350)

    Can I just be the first to say..."WoW!"

  • by purpledinoz (573045) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:26PM (#30311572)
    I know someone that finished reading the Internet.
  • I call BS (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SomeJoel (1061138) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:30PM (#30311660)
    I quit WoW several months ago, but I know for a fact there are achievements for "Server First Max Skill XXX" where XXX is some tradeskill. I contend that is impossible for one player to become the server's first max skill leatherworker, blacksmith, alchemist, enchanter, and engineer (plus there's a few more) so there is no possible way he could attain "ALL" the achievements.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by BobMcD (601576)

      I think those are Feats of Skill, rather than Achievements.

  • by diamondsw (685967) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:35PM (#30311742)

    Patch 3.3 comes out Tuesday [wow.com].

  • by Lieutenant Buddha (1660501) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:48PM (#30312038)
    Taiwanese man inspires Christians around the world with his story of how he committed his life to abstinence.
  • I fear the day (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Opportunist (166417) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @12:53PM (#30312136)

    Ya know, MMOs have life cycles. They get born, they age, they eventually die. Eventually, the company running it will pull the plug. Be it because it's not profitable anymore to keep it running, or be it because they want to "convince" their players to come to their new MMO.

    Yes, there's EQ and UO (and Meridian for you Great Old Ones), but face it, they're little more than hollow shadows of what they used to be.

    Every MMO in its history met a terminal expansion. No, I don't mean the last one. I mean the one that kills the game. That convinces the players (at least those that still have a life) that it's just not worth it. DAoC managed it with Trials of Atlantis, SWG had its Jump to Lightspeed (aside of other troubles), eventually every maker of MMOs fucks something up and people leave.

    I fear the day this happens in WoW. It will happen. Certainly not for the next year or two, and I'm quite sure that two or three expansions will still be in the fold for WoW. But eventually, the game mechanics will break apart (they're creaking already when you look at the wiring under the board).

    And I quietly wonder what will happen to the WoW addicts that suddenly lose the last bits of meaning their life has...

  • by CaseM (746707) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @01:22PM (#30312684)

    I'm quite sure that WoW isn't the only thing he's beating regularly.

  • by Dirtside (91468) on Thursday December 03, 2009 @02:11PM (#30313500) Journal

    I think a better title for this article would be "World of Warcraft Beats Man".

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