Quit WoW Addiction, Win at Life.

From a Wife

I am not a gamer. I tried but it just wasn't for me. The only reason I even tried was to connect with my husband. Video games have been a part of our lives for about ten years but it never affected us like it has over the past two years or so. WOW was an issue but now XBOX360 is worse. Our son died in 2003 at 4 years old. Recovery from that loss has been work for all of us. My husband has obvious signs of depression and plays games for hours everyday. Even after a game of playing I can't get him to spend time with me in the evenings. He has to play or he acts as if something is missing from his day. If our son plays games and I am on the computer he has no access. He then goes to bed. He doesn't see it at all. His life is crumbling around him and he has no idea what is coming. He hasn't worked steady for about a year and we are losing our home. When we have to move I will be moving without him. I won't take this with me to a new place. To top it off, my son is learning that this is normal behavior. I am at a loss. My friends say, "well at least he doesn't drink or do drugs." Sure, but just because he is in my house and sober does not make him emotionally or physically available. I miss my husband. I wish he felt better about himself, his future and our marriage. I never thought anyone would choose a video game over me.


Pointers on Quitting the game

1: delete all the gear from your toons
2: give away everything worth anything to a NON guild member/friend
3: Delete toons ( you will feel sick at your stomach, sweat feel tingly when doing this )
4: Break CD's ( yes I know you can dload the game shame on blizz for this loophole )
5: Cancel account or have a friend change the pwd to something you dont know.
6: occupy your time with a console video game ( one that ends ) find some satisfaction in a game finished,
7: join a support group ( such as this one ) ( answer ?s to help othrees quit while helping yourself )
8: dont go back int vent with those you played with, delete all your vent channels too.
9:dont do things that give you the urge, dont google new patche notes, boss fights, stay away from you tube videos of the game even parody stuff.
10: DO not switch to another MMO, Console games that end are ok.

11: Pray to jesus for the strength to forget the game because its like quitting heroin minus the withdrawels.

Godd bless hope this helps those who cannot play casually.


Grad Student Want to Know More

Hi, my husband and most of his friends have at one time or another been addicted to WOW, and even though I have never played I know the language and what it's like to fall asleep in bed alone because my husband has a raid, or waiting for him because it's snowy and icy out but he needs the new one at midnight or anyway you know. I am trying desperately as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor to do some research for an academic paper I am writing about online gaming especially WOW- as an addictions professional I can not do my job correctly if I don't know more about this and can educate my peers. If anyone is interested I would like to interview them- anonymous through the web and would like to gather some information that is not from my husband or his friend- by the way my husband has been WOW free for quite some time now- but he always picks it back up eventually. Thank you.


No More

Well, I have to end this. I started playing as an orc hunter, got him to 70 then WoTLK. Leveled up a priest to 80, then a paladin.... then a shaman. Took my paladin to the alliance and back to horde when 3.3 came out I got my GS from 3.4k-4.8k in two days of almost non-stop playing. My grades went from straight A's to D's and F's. Im also not on my school swim team this year even though its my favorite thing outside of WoW. I just canceled my subscription, I uninstalled it and got my mom to hide the discs. I am so happy that I am almost done with this game. Anyone that is thinking about quitting I can say one thing, do it.


Shame on me

Do you know that feeling of lonelyness? The feeling which want to bring u back to WoW?
Do you hear the music of World of Warcraft?I do. I am listening to it all day.

The Music, Mostly of the Night Elves, it is nice. It reminds me of my old Classic days.

It did it's Job. I started playing again. Nice feeling. :(

So, I failed. I definately failed. But, you don't have to fail quitting it.

Guys, make the Test. Listen to this:


If you get that feeling, of wanting to play again. Be strong!
I am not strong. I am playing again. So don't make the same mistake.


Final Quest

I have to leave the Game. That's how my story starts - I haven't quit yet - but I know I need to. I'm a father of three and my greatest concern is that my kids do not follow my obsession with this game.

I have been on top of the WOW world, but have floundered in the real world.

The time has come for my most challenging quest so far: to quit WOW. My reward: the rest of my life. What better achievement than that?!

Sometimes (sadly) I realize that if all of the electricity on this planet was interupted then there will be no WOW, no toons, no digitized landscapes, and no purpose. In the end, the best challenges weren't in this game, but in life.

I do not blame Blizzard as others have. Not their fault I have a weakness. As a company I wish them well.

And to all of you, I wish you peace, whether you continue to play WOW or not.

I'm off to the real quests and real toons in life; the ones I have ignored for so long now.