I have been playing Warcraft for almost three years. At first, I played just to keep in touch with my brother who went to college out of state. Slowly but surely, we started to playing more and more often with each until WoW eventually took our lives away. I eventually had to drop out of college because I was failing horribly. My life was so pitiful that I planned my day around my WoW time. I even skipped work just to make sure I would have time to finish a raid. Now, I am planning to go back school. I'm still playing WoW more than ever; I'm hoping that I can get it out of my system?!? Bottom line is that as innocent as WoW seems as first, its NOT like any other video game. Blizzard has really done its research and has made this game as addictive as possible. Quit WoW ASAP before its too late.
I quit wow 3 years ago before burning crusade was released. I used to play 8-10hours a day and refusing every offer to do any kind of activity. I was a very active member of a 200+ people guild doing everything in the game. The guild disbanded while i was offline and found myself all alone doing pvp and chatting for hours. From that moment the addictiveness of the game disappeared instantaneously since i had no more people to talk to . Almost all my friends moved server after the disband. I just deactivated my account and went outside. Called my old friends and they were astonished that i wanted to actually do something. people in wow are not your friends. they will forget about you in a heartbeat. real friends are here to stay. We have 1 life to live live it to the fullest! don't waste time with a MMO. Games in general are ok. MMO will destroy your life.
Last month I deleted my toons (level 80 warrior three years in the making, 80 hunter, 76 paladin, and various others), deleted my account, then deleted the game... It felt good at first then I get this insane urge reinstall!!!!! My downfall was that I couldn't quite force myself to destroy my cds... O_o Anyways, I'm starting from scratch and trying to limit my playing time somewhat. Though I lost this battle, I think deleting my gear and living a week away from WoW did open my eyes somewhat into what I've been missing out on.... hopefully I'll try quitting again soon.
I've been sober from WoW for about year now. It was the hardest thing I've done in my life, but at the same time, it was best thing I've done for myself. The game was slowly destroying my marriage, my relationship with my daugher, my career, and my health. I gained about 30 lbs during playing!!! After the initial withdrawal symptoms which lasted about a month, I had this amazing feeling of liberation... It's huge not having to feel chained to WoW and be dependent on WoW for fun. It's huge not having to feel pressure to get better gear, mounts, or levels or whatnot to attain that feeling of "achievement". Anyways, in retrospect that "achievement" is really only just empty titles and useless gear that's outdated in the game... If your addicted, then get help from your friends, family, online, whomever. It's worth the struggle to quit.
I no longer have a good relationship with my son because he IS ADDICTED to gaming. His life is going down the drain and there seems to be nothing I can do to stop it!!!
I started playing wow in november of 08'. My boyfriend suggested I play since he did, and at first it was a lot of fun and we played together everynight for a few hours. Since then I started playing more and more. I played more than my boyfriend, who now doesn't play at all, I now play about 65+ hours of WoW a week, and rarely do what I am supposed to even when I know what is required of me at work. I have been previously diagnosed as having clinical depression. I recently moved to Arkansas for graduate school last August and it was really hard living on my own for the first time in a new place and i tried to make friends by joining activities and extracuriculars but it didn't happen... I guess my addiction may stem from the fact that I really dislike being alone and wow gives me people to talk to it gives me... "friends"... but wow is taking over my life, and even knowing WHY I am addicted does not keep me away from it. I can't stop myself from playing even when I want to... I often find the game dull, tedeous, aggravating, and annoying but i keep on playing, often for 9+ hour sessions only stopping for bio breaks. I used to be an A/B student and was excelling in grad school for a while too, now I don't feel like doing any of my work. I almost failed out last semester and im still in danger of losing my scholarship. Something keeps making me set the laptop on my lap and play more wow... it is the first thing i have to do when i wake up, check my wow mail, and the last thing i do before bed, and i often sacrafice sleep in order to keep playing. I feel like I can't delete my account or like "nah" i don't have to do that. I don't know whats wrong with me but I wish I could take back my life. I've been obsessed with getting the best gear the highest level, the rarest mounts and pets... but when i do get that stuff after however many years its going to take... i may have nothing outside of the world of warcraft left :(