I have played wow now coming up on 4 years with varying levels of addiction. WoW is a game I had been adamantly opposed to playing for a a long time as I have and can acknowledge that I have an addictive personality with a side of minor-medium OCD to add on top of that at least till I let a friend nag me into it...after 2 weeks of constant nagging. Anyway I have managed to quit the game 4 times, the first time I quit was 2 months, second was 3.5 months, third was 6 months and the last time was 4 months. I can totally feel for people that have to deal with addicts like us and I wouldn't blame them if I had a significant other leave me over this game, it pulls you in and after a while you just feel like you've wasted so much money on it that you have to justify it by playing more and only increasing the amount of time and money you put into it, and after reading the stories of other addicts on this site I am going to delete all of my characters from my account and make it inaccessible.
thanks for the stories they really made me realize I'm definitely not alone in this.
I started playing World of Warcraft in March 2010, and I’ve been playing continually since then, with the longest break in between lasting a total duration of 3 months. I came back to WoW about 3 weeks before the release of Cataclysm because a couple of friends had started playing again. I thought it would be fun to come back and level a Paladin alt, see Azeroth again before it finally changed forever.
It started out just playing for an hour or so a night after work, and I was quite content with this as I found it a great way to unwind after a laborious day at the office. It stayed like this for about a week and a half before I noticed that we were playing more and more each night. Fortunately, it didn’t have any effect at work as I managed to get a promotion in the meantime.
Eventually it came about that we were playing for 4 – 5 hours a night, and taking up pretty much all of my evenings, I came home from work, locked myself in my room, and descended into the World of Warcraft daily. After around 3 weeks I had levelled my Paladin up from a 16 to a 67, with my total time played sitting at around 3 and a half days, which I think is fairly quick. I also managed to get my engineering and mining both up and over 300, and constructed my very own helicopter mount.
At this point, the release of Cataclysm was imminent. I was aimlessly wandering around Orgrimmar on December 6th, and everyone was very excited for the release of the latest expansion. Up to a point where people were wishing each other a “Merry Cataclysm” in trade. By now, I had become quite disgusted at the level of enthusiasm some of my peers were retaining. I call them peers because I have to, at no point did I want to be associated with people who can get so worked up over a video game, but I have no other choice.
I didn’t get Cataclysm on day-release, however I did have it pre-ordered, but due to heavy snow I didn’t receive it until a day after. Admittedly, I was excited to see the new environments and see the large scale changes that Blizzard had implemented. I had even planned on using my Saturday off to start levelling my Main. I enjoyed levelling and I managed to get to an 82 fairly easily. But, a couple of my friends were now level 85’s. One friend had played for 22 hours straight just to level up to 85. I thought this was pointless as I think endgame is monotonous and bland, I don’t see the point in grinding for days, weeks, months and in some cases years on end to get the best gear just so that Blizzard can systematically release new expansions and render my hard work and effort redundant.
The Saturday I had planned to play to WoW all day turned into me deleting all of my characters, and tasking myself with quitting an addiction to World of Warcraft. I did this at the spur of a moment and was very proud of myself. The last thing i did was delete all of my armour, give away all of my gold and finish the game my way. My final quest was to rid myself of a year of waste and make sure that my WoW infection couldn’t survive into 2011. My reward would be a renewed growth in my social life, that wouldn’t be spent, sat in front of my computer, killing Murlocs and trash talking.
World of Warcraft is neither a bad game, nor an evil game. It’s the perfect video game for millions of people. It enables people to dissociate themselves with the monotony of life, assume new roles and responsibilities: Tank, healer or DPS. Fashion new career enterprises through in-game professions and achieve online notoriety for achieving ‘Realm First! Level 85’ and so on.
Please be warned, this game can be harmful and addictive if not managed properly, the monthly fee makes you feel that you need to play it as much as you can to get your money’s worth. Ignore this. Make sure you can achieve things in RL too, reward yourself for doing things: Showering, cooking a meal, buying some new clothes. Anything that can better your life in RL should be rewarded. Use WoW as a reward. Not as your life.
I’ve been off it for only a week, but i know that i can get over it and move on. Writing this has helped me and I hope it helps others too. People who i now would like to call my peers for wanting to be associated with them, not for the reason I mentioned above.
Quitters never win. Winners never quit. WoW Winners Quit.
Thanks for reading.
I bought world of warcraft because i thought it looked pretty good. After a few weeks I was immersed in playing the game. Months past and my parents worried about me. Any opportunity of time I had was spent in game. It wasn't like any other games i had played. This game felt comforting. Like i belonged there. My friends called several times but i just told them i was busy. When ever I had trouble with the internet I found my self getting angry not only mentally but physically. In fact i was so dedicated to playing it I ran up a 200 pound phone bill to the game company because hackers had accessed my account. Eventually I was a mess. I had become fat, unsociable and a failure in school. Three years later however i reunited with some real friends and gave my addiction up. It felt great to finally have a real social life. Sometimes the urge to log on is still there but fortunately hackers have seen to that again and i'm glad they did :) thanks for reading.
SO i do not wish to share my entire story, i have been clean from WoW for over 3 years now, but have many friends and family who can not shake off the addiction, even though they want too. Which brings me to my point... me and my personal therapist ave started a movement in NC (north carolina) and we urge others to talk to state members of thier own states to do this as well! Our movement is trying to push blizzard into making a time lock on accounts, what i mean by that is to be able to choose a time limit to your game play on a daily basis! this will help the ones that can NOT* quit playing in thier alternate fantcy lives, a chance to at least lower thier gaming time weekly so they can rejoin socity (SLOWLY). Also the block should be permanate, if you choose 3 hours daily you can not raise the time back you may only lower it! **for people who thinks this plan will NOT work, remember these people are paying them for services, and most of us have as well! CUSTOMER service is to make sure everyone is saticfied** the block will not be madatory but should be there for ones who realise they have a problem but are unable to fight it. Also if you do not know how to contact your state represenitives start at the city level they will always have you state governments contact information. They can not refuse to see you, and do not take no for an answer if they try! trust me since quiting WoW i am now a politics major in college!
**Sorry for the mistakes in this! it is being written from a cell phone**
I play WOW. I am pretty addicted, and although I am admitting that I have an addiction to it I have no plans to stop.
I look at my addiction to WOW as a good thing (in some ways). WOW costs me roughly $20 a month to play, and it's the only game I play. WOW saves me money because I can rely on it to entertain me instead of having to buy a new $70 game every month that often fails to hold my attention for more then a week.
I have a lot of real life friends who play WOW and I keep in contact with them through WOW. There is often somebody to chat to whenever I am playing, so I don't look at my time playing WOW as an anti-social activity. I'm actually more social with people because I can talk to them about my WOW experiences.
When I play WOW I work with other players to conquer to dungeons or raids as a team. If I play a game like Call of Duty I usually end up getting in verbal arguments with players online Xbox Live. Which is more beneficial to me? WOW by a long shot.
I really can't think of anything negative that WOW does to me. Logging onto WOW is similar to meeting up with a group of my friends. I know that it affects other people in different ways, but in my life it has had a positive affect and I hope it continues to do so in the future.
Ok where do I start. Maybe at the end. My Marriage is over.
I have lost my Husband to the World of Warcraft. He started playing after work and weekends, then left his job for it. I had to send him to his parents with his game as I could take no more.
He wouldnt come out of the study all day except for toliet and coffees.
He has spent over a year now playing away and in the last couple of months has refused to leave the house AT ALL. Yet he is capable of playing away at the game for hours on end.
We have tried all attempts but he denies he has an addiction.
He has a young son. I know that life can sometimes be cruel but this completely sick.
It is better to walk away as it is a losing battle.