I have been playing for 5-6 years, and most of the time I have been the maintank of my guild progressing through tiers from vanilla to Cataclysm. Many nights I have been sleepless, tormented by mistakes I have been doing, "ruining" for my guilds progression, competing with other tanks, arguing about raidtactics and so on. Even if I have had so many great times in this game, it has completely worn me down emotionally.
I started to play online games at 27 after a bad relationship break up. Now Im 33 and have avoided girls completely in fear of beeing caught up in something that would come in the way of my tight raidingschedule. 6 years of what should have been the primeyears of my life.
I took a look at my total playtime on all my characters and found out that I have about 1 year and 7 months spent logged on! That is just insane, and made me feel depressed. On top of that i have spent all the time not online, doing research about gearupgrades, writing on guild and gaming forums, checking bosstactics and so on, even from the computer at work, thought I have been unemployed dfor the last year and a half..
Now I have de-signed from all raids and decided to take a break, but I feel so guiltridden for letting my guild down. I know they will find a new player, but beeing one of the old time coremembers and the most active tank, I know it will be a serious blow to the guild. I fear my life will feel empty without wow and that I will miss my guildies too much, but Im hoping to ride it out.
I wish I could say that I quit World of Warcraft because I had realized it was taking up too much time, and decided that I needed to stop (I had accumulated over 87 days of game time). But that wasn't the reason I quit.
The reason I quit was that back in January I got "kicked" from a PUG (pick-up group).
I was devastated. I couldn't believe it.
I still remember it: We had just wiped. I had typed into the party chat, "Well, what should we have done instead?", and had received the reply, "You are not in a group."
At first I didn't understand what had happened. Perhaps a spurious disconnect? But my Internet connection was solid, and I was still able to interact in the game. Finally I checked the game logs, and the message was there: "You have been kicked from the group."
I was totally bummed. "Me? Kicked from the group? I have never been kicked from a group, and I've played hundreds of instances." I was devastated. And indignant, "I know how to play a tank! I know how to keep aggro! I'm reasonably well-geared, know my rotations, and can touch-type my bartender4 keys! I have done my homework: I have studied The Protection Guide on elitist-jerks.com! How dare they kick me!"
Admittedly, it was my first time in that particular instance (Grim Batol). And the party did wipe. And we wiped was because I hadn't been able to get out of the Boss's special attack in time, an attack which I had been warned about. But still, we should have dusted ourselves off and headed back in for a second go.
So I sat there, staring at my computer, feeling like I did when I was in first grade and the eighth graders told me to go away, that I couldn't play with them.
And I thought, "Why the hell am I paying $15/month to feel like this?"
That's why I canceled my WoW account.
Epilogue: I re-enabled my account a month later, got kicked from another group (first time playing Throne of the Tides), and haven't gone back since.
Basicly i was unemployed for around 6 years, i'm 34 years old. and i play WoW and gained 7 level 80s with epic gear and stupid Gold, and untold raids, so i said to my self i gotta get out of this Madness sitting on a Chair 10 Hours aday playing a Game what's Wrong with me this is 'CRAZY'.
so i looked around for a Job, and looked at some college Courses, and went too see about some qualifications. Microsoft certified Course. and completed it and now i can Fix computers i earn 18000 pounds a year now instead of being on welfare Benefits and my friends are happy and they've retuned back i'm sooooo happy
and now i'm gonna Buy my flat, and try get a nice car i've missed out on so much
From begin want to appologize for any grammatical mistakes, english is not my native language.
Started to play WoW in spetember 2007, it was so fascinating that quickly became an addiction.managed in 4 years of playing to gather 629 days played time..addon Altoholic shows it :s .Anyway, in begin my wife was playing too, she liked that game also, there was many many weeks when we was doing nothing except playing and sleeping, now i cann't even remember in real time how many years/months back it was..was during BT days..back in TBC. Sucks that my time measure is tied to wow expansions...
During Naxx in wotlk she stoped to play because she got bored of it and just stoped. Me...rolled all classes to max level,after made 10x characters on one realm (limit pre realm) rolled on other realm and did 10 x horde to max level also...cataclysm came few months ago, on the moment when i gave account details to an ingame friend and uninstaled game from PC there was 19 x level 85.
for almost 1,5 years wife was begging me to stop playing and get back to life. All her words, warnings about divorce, crying, she even broke up PC, took a new one on next day, had no effect on me. She was kind of invisible for me, not only her, i was going to bed with thoughs like : what combo is more viable for my main toon, how to improve my healing in raids, how to get more achievment points, where to get more golds etc etc..
And guess what, 4 days ago she said that it's the end of our relation and nothing can change it more. in 4 years of wow my longest break from game was hours when i was sleeping, now i unninstaled game , burned discs, gave account to other person and only getting close to PC if she aint around. Afraid it's to late tho..Now i don't know if i'll be able to win her back, but if around here are people who still play that game and somehow found themselves in similar situation as me, take this in consideration
I haven't played WoW in about a year.
I heard the opening theme today, and felt the absolute NEED to play again.
Fortunately the client takes about a week to download, so that prevents the gratification so I can move on to do other things.
I understand now when people say that even though someone may be sober for 10 years, they are still an alcoholic.
I'm moving to a new job soon, my first job, the one with the degree I almost didn't get due to playing WoW instead of studying. I'm afraid that if I start playing, I'll not have any time to pack and line up housing and so on.
I'm afraid 10 years from now, I'll still crave playing.
I lost my son to WoW! My son started playing WoW about 4 years ago. He did not have many friends and the game seemed to make him happy. Our home is in PA. My son met someone in FL on the game and seemed to fall for her. She broke things off a few months ago. My son dropped out of college. I stopped paying for him to play the game because he was not working or going to college. He moved out in the middle of the night two weeks ago. He now lives in OR with others that he plays the game. My heart is broken. I am getting re-married in two days and my son is across the country playing a video game. I miss him so much. I feel like he is throwing his life away for fake relationships. How can I get him back with his family who loves him? How am I going to get married without my favorite man with me?