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Boy Saves Sister From Moose Using WoW Skills

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 99 comments

PC gaming gives you skillz in the real world even if it means you have a chain-smoker body.

Who said PC games weren't educational? A Norwegian boy recently reaped in the benefits of spending countless hours behind the LCD screen by surviving a moose attack thanks to the help of World of Warcraft.

Twelve-year-old Hans Jørgen Olsen and his sister went out into the forest near their home to take a brisk walk. Details are scarce, however they unintentionally wandered into moose territory. An alarmed moose came charging towards the two young trespassers upon their arrival.

Despite the threat, Hans knew exactly what to do.

Thanks to his numerous encounters in Blizzard's MMORPG, his first reaction was to "taunt" the moose so that it would ignore his younger sister. With its focus shifting to the boy, the sister was able to flee and head for safety.

In the PC game, taunting is the ability to draw the attention of the attacking beast away from the lower-level and less-armored party members. Apparently it works on real-world beasts too.

After the girl escaped, Hans initiated another World of Warcraft tactic he learned at level 30: feigning his death. Dropping to the ground and remaining inanimate, he waited for the moose to sniff him out and lose interest.

Eventually the beast wandered off into the woods, leaving the boy unscathed--he's lucky the moose didn't trample him into a fleshy rug. Hans said that he got up and ran back home to report what happened.

The amount of experience points given for the encounter is currently unknown.

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    mlopinto2k1 , June 9, 2010 4:35 PM
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    The amount of experience points given for the encounter is currently unknown.
    LOL! That is so awesome. The feeling of achievement must be indescribable. Guys! I just played WoW in the woods!
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    Lessqqmorepewpew , June 9, 2010 4:32 PM
    should've used lightning bolt
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    zerapio , June 9, 2010 4:34 PM
    +1 to Kevin for his writing on this story. It was amusing.
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  • 44 Hide
    Lessqqmorepewpew , June 9, 2010 4:32 PM
    should've used lightning bolt
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    zerapio , June 9, 2010 4:34 PM
    +1 to Kevin for his writing on this story. It was amusing.
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    mlopinto2k1 , June 9, 2010 4:35 PM
    Quote:
    The amount of experience points given for the encounter is currently unknown.
    LOL! That is so awesome. The feeling of achievement must be indescribable. Guys! I just played WoW in the woods!
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    nevertell , June 9, 2010 4:37 PM
    So in near future, survival experts are going to teach you skillz whilest doing dailies ?
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    ecnovaec , June 9, 2010 4:37 PM
    must not have been a male moose. things would not have gone so smoothly. props to the kid for keeping a level head in that situation!
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    jonnyboyC , June 9, 2010 4:38 PM
    this is awesome
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    Anonymous , June 9, 2010 4:40 PM
    A Møøse once bit my sister ...

    No realli! She was Karving her initials on the møøse
    with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given
    her by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and
    star of many Norwegian møvies: "The Høt Hands of an Oslo
    Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst
    Nordfink".
  • 42 Hide
    Netherscourge , June 9, 2010 4:40 PM
    The kid needs to be nerfed. He's overpowered. Taunt AND Feign Death? NERF!
  • 5 Hide
    webbwbb , June 9, 2010 4:41 PM
    I'm pretty sure you guys already reported this over a year ago...
  • 31 Hide
    Pyroflea , June 9, 2010 4:43 PM
    HAH. Take that you stupid "Video Games are Bad" activists.
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    Zoonie , June 9, 2010 4:51 PM
    Hans Jørgen Olsen is so OP. Nerf him! :p  lol
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    sliem , June 9, 2010 4:55 PM
    Lol cool, good thing they didn't run immediately.

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    ta152h , June 9, 2010 4:56 PM
    In the U.S., we would have used skills learned in MLB 2K10 and hit the damn thing with a baseball bat.

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    nicodemus_mm , June 9, 2010 4:57 PM
    I think the amazing part of this news blurb is that a WoW player was actually outside. Just... wow!
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    Trialsking , June 9, 2010 5:00 PM
    This just in.......
    Its turns out that Hans was able to survive the encounter because he was hacking.....
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    Netherscourge , June 9, 2010 5:00 PM
    Dude - I don't care what level those kids were - if you wipe to a moose, you need to quit and go back to Everquest.
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    christopherknapp , June 9, 2010 5:00 PM
    TA152HIn the U.S., we would have used skills learned in MLB 2K10 and hit the damn thing with a baseball bat.


    Either that or spill oil all over it until it died.
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    cloudberry , June 9, 2010 5:00 PM
    He's level 12 and he's using a level 30 skill? I call hacks.
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    darkscorpion20 , June 9, 2010 5:03 PM
    This is a cool story, however i read it months ago on another site.
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