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Curt Schilling now pours all of his ambition into being a geek

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Go ahead and call him a "gamer" for his bloody sock performance against the Yankees in 2004 playoffs.

The real gamer in Curt Schilling emerges when the High Elves of Felwithe on Faydwer start mixing it up with the Rotonga of Norrath.

Or something like that.

Schilling never hid of his passion for computer games, especially MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) like World of Warcraft or Everquest II.

So it makes some sense Schilling's first interview since hanging up his spikes earlier this week happened with the Boston Globe, Yahoo! Sports, 60 Minutes, G4TV's Adam Sessler.

During the one-on-one, Schilling explains the timing of his retirement announcement had to do with his attendance at a game developers conference (Ork Club!) and how he's going to dominate the world by developing his very own MMORPGs, the first of which might or might not have something to do with Copernicus.

Hey, does anyone else notice Schilling is starting to resemble a certain Simpsons character?

Schilling via G4TV:

"I was a very weird amalgam of things as a kid. I loved fantasy role play. I read 'Lord of the Rings' when I was, like, 7 years old. But I played baseball since I was 4. They just never kind of met in the social synergy of high school."

Video of the interview is posted at and G4TV's own site, if gaming is your thing. Also follow the jump, Frodo, for more highlights.

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Schilling, noted baseball player and historian, appears just as comfortable reminiscing about Dungeons and Dragons as he is shooting the breeze about Lou Gehrig.

Here are some money quotes, which are funnier if read out of context:

• "In 1980, I saw my first Apple."

• "I remember playing 'Star Trek': the ASCII version."

• "'Wizardry' was first game I fell in love with."

• "Back in the Everquest days, when raids were all-nighter things, that was a luxury and a perk" of being a starting pitcher who only worked every fifth day.

• "I had a laptop when they weighed 10 pounds."

• "I've got some rather embarrassing duration stories of how long I was online."

Who doesn't?

Schilling adds that he used to interact with his kids through the role-playing games while on road trips, which is a pretty cool way to stay involved with them when not with them.

"It was a lot funner (sic) than a phone call," Schilling said.

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