I run WoW on a pretty old computer… 2.2GHz Athlon 64 with 1 GB of RAM. I also play with a significant handful of add-ons.
The game runs fine, even in 25 man raids, so I have no complaints. The only time it struggles is on loading screens. Between my low-end specs and all the add-ons that have to load, I’ll sit on a loading screen for a good 20-30 seconds or sometimes more when zoning into an instance or starting the game.
Usually I just sit there for that time staring at the screen, waiting for something to happen. Recently I’ve found a couple of activities that fit well into that 30-second time span.
I loved this game when I was a kid (and it was state-of-the-art) and Mattel has faithfully reproduced it and re-released it. I can get in 3-5 plays while on a loading screen, and then set it aside. It goes to sleep mode when left alone, so its ready to be picked up again the next time I’m on a loading screen.
I keep about 5-7 games of Words with Friends going at once on my iPod. Whenever I’m on a loading screen I check the iPod and its usually my turn in at least a couple of games. In the 30 seconds I’m waiting, I can usually find a word and take my turn in one game.
I love to listen to The Instance podcast. When I’m playing the game, especially when raiding, I’m too into what I am doing to spare my attention for a podcast. On loading screens, I can listen to about 30-40 seconds of a segment. Over the course of a whole night of raiding, that can add up to a good chunk of time.
Of course, I aspire to eventually get a new computer that will run faster and reduce my loading screens. When that happens I guess my Words with Friends, Mattel Football, and Instance time will be cut severely. Oh well, you can win em all.