(Gnome) Tank for Life

On health and WoW
January 21, 2010, 12:37
Filed under: gaming, raid, real-life

Now, I’m not a person of the best health and conditioning and I don’t do any sports (beside lots of Poi in the summertime) but it has come to my attention recently that too many people prioritize healthy gaming a little lower than they should. For example, I have friends who will forego eating proper supper before raidtime, instead filling their bellies with snacks and junk-food. Folks, the fact that your stomach does not rumble in protest of being empty, does not mean there is no cause for worry!

Here is a very, very good post on TankSpot (courtesy of Jalousie) which details the things you can do to minimize the stress that you put your body through during a 3-5 hour session of raiding. I will highlight some of the best pointers here:

  1. Sit straight, lift up your head and straighten your neck! This is imperative, lots of old-age backaches can be prevented by shoring up your back and not sitting like the letter C.
  2. In accordance with point 1. avoid looking down or up into your monitor! Your screen should be level with your eyes.
  3. Relax at set time intervals! Stand up, stretch out, take a few steps, lie down, at least for just for 2 minutes every hour. While /following someone back after a wipe if you have to.
  4. Tanks! Probably each one of us has heard of the infamous carpal-tunnel syndrome (or RSI – Repetitive Strain Injury), and we do NOT want it for ourselves.  Please do take your hands off your mouse and keyboard and move them around a bit when you take a short break. Try not to have shift/alt/ctrl as part of those keybinds you use the most (HS, devastate, shield slam most likely) as holding these while spamming the skill will really stress your shift/alt/ctrl-holding finger
  5. Eat well and drink well! Believe me it’s not worth saving those last 15-20-30 minutes before raidtime, it is a 500% better use of your time to consume some sort of hot dish before sitting down to raid 4 hours than to take a bag of chips with you. Prepare the meal beforehand and take it with you to eat in parts if you have to, but I cannot stress this enough: snacks are no substitute for a hot wholesome meal. Any sort of fruit is a great addition to a normal meal and/or during raid.
  6. Again, drink a lot! Mineral water or even tap water is the best but tea/other non-sugary drinks will well suffice too. Most likely nobody will take offense at any time if you “brb bio” during raid. If they do, they suck. Coffee/hot chocolate is great for keeping up till late but it does not substitute proper liquids like water.

Stay healthy! Remember if by any chance WoW is still going strong in 5-10 years from now and you’ll still be playing, you don’t want to suffer from the consequences of your earlier unhealthy gameplay.


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Good post, and a good reminder!

I spend most of my working days in front of a computer, and way too many hours in front of WoW when I get home. I generally play on a laptop curled up on the couch, which sadly only allows me to sit with either a straight back OR a straight neck, so for me those brb bio/phone/door bell/cat knocked my tea cup over-pauses are essential.

I’ve also taken to use my left hand for my mouse at work to spare my right hand and shoulder since they get so much abuse when playing.

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