World of Warcraft
Ha, I'm a 26 year old male and about a year ago I quit playing wow. 4 1/2 years prior I was known as either Arielle or Jezielle, depending on the realm I played on. It started out amazing, best thing since sliced bread, and soon I was in head over heals. I became one of those players who knew everything about the game: the lore, the way things worked, the exploits, how to get stuff done, multiple realms economy and guild political status. My wife, family, job, and many more things soon began to here all of this. All I could talk about, all I could think about, and do in my spare time was wow. I quit about 3 or 4 times before actually quitting for good. I tried other mmo's, I tried deleting my toons, I tried attaching an authenticator and then "loosing it" but successfully found ways back to wow after each one. Finally, I deleted wow and even dropped Windows as my computers operating system. It would be harder for me to play wow if I started using a linux operating system like Ubuntu. Wow has no native client and I'm a complete and total noob on a linux computer. So that's what I did. Immediately I found myself wondering what to talk about, wanting to play wow again and reading up on ways to get wow to work on ubuntu. About a year later after quitting I still think about wow, go to the website, browse forums and stuff like that. It's not as bad as it used to be and the feeling of wanting to play slowly slips away as time passes. A part of me would like to get my hands on an mmo, anything at this point, but it would be just another timesink. I try to live my life in a way where I can end up saying "I don't regret doing hardly anything because it makes me who I am". However, I do regret wow. If I would have known this is the struggle that was coming that game would have never made it onto my desktop. It's nice to see websites such as this where people can talk about their warcraft addiction without being ridiculed or talked down too by someone who doesn't understand. As for my Jezielle, she'll just have to be frozen in a virtual world. It's time to move on and has been but that first step is so hard to take. Still feels like my foot hasn't fully moved.