Quitting WoW Feels Like You're Finally Coming Up For Air!
If there were some kind of superpower that was bent on world domination, one of the tools it would use is World of Warcraft. This game has successfully sucked millions into playing endlessly, pursuing purposeless, meaningless goals in a make-believe world of pure fantasy. 7 million people around the world continue to subscribe to this game and millions remain heavily addicted.
Myself, I just stopped playing a few days ago. I had started in late 2007 and played until early 2009, when I quit because it felt like the game was taking over my life. After I stopped playing I became extremely productive and took that competitive fire that was helping me kill bosses and applied it to real life. What did I do? I enrolled in a computer programming course, decided that I liked it, took a couple of graduate courses in computer science, and then decided to apply to grad school! Along the way I met a guy that I fell in love with. When things didn't work out I stupidly went back to playing this game because I was "bored" and wanted to forget about him. For anyone that has been addicted to this game, you know how WoW starts out like Solitaire, where you play for an hour or two and shut off the computer and go to bed. As you progress in the game you become more immersed and eventually have to spend all of your free time playing because it required that much work! I did this from late 2010 and just quit last week (March 15, 2012)!
Last weekend I suddenly decided to take an inventory of my life--I compared what I had achieved during that time when I didn't play WoW with what I had achieved when I was playing WoW and the difference was incredible. When I wasn't playing WoW for just ONE YEAR I discovered an interest in computer programming, took 2 semesters of graduate-level courses, applied to grad school, and fell in love with someone and wanted to marry him. When I was playing WoW I did nothing except play WoW.
So, for anyone that is considering quitting here is the proof--compare what you had accomplished when you weren't playing WoW with what you've accomplished while you were playing WoW; the difference is pretty startling. If you're afraid of being bored play "Skyrim" or some other game that will end, not a game that keeps going forever. Read a book, hang out with friends, play a sport. And remember that being a little bored is a fair trade off for not giving up all of your hopes and dreams in life!
I hope you can see now that WoW will stop you from achieving *anything* in life, including going on that Hawaii vacation that you've wanted to do for so long. If you're willing to give up your dreams, keep playing. Otherwise, stop because for every minute you spend in the game, reduce your plans in life a little more because you will have less time to complete them.