I am NOT the oft-heard horror story of a college student who plays WoW and starts failing classes or drops out. I never skipped school or work to play. I didn't lose contact with my friends or family because of WoW, though I may have used WoW as an excuse for my pre-existing introverted tendencies.
But when I played I hated myself. I played too much. I stayed up too late and put off homework until the last minute. My husband and I would rarely do other things with our time together. I was too emotionally involved with the game and the guild. When I would get home from school or work I would immediately head to the computer room. I graduated college with a 3.9 GPA, but I feel like I dismissed opportunities to really take advantage of my time as an undergraduate by participating in extra-curriculars or acting like I appreciated my education. WoW made me irritable, moody, and ashamed of myself.
This is my 2nd time "quitting" WoW. It's been 3 months, and I feel more than ever the strong pull to go back to the game. I am in academic limbo right now: I can't go to graduate school until next fall, and I am working at a job doesn't offer any sense of fulfillment just to pay the bills. My husband is dissatisfied with his job at the moment and also feels like all we do is go to work, come home, watch a couple hours of TV, then go to bed to rinse and repeat. We feel bored with our lives, even knowing that our future plans make this phase temporary. We feel like WoW would give us something to look forward to, however silly, and if we weren't in a serious raiding guild this time around then we could limit our playing time. Then when I got to graduate school I could quit to focus on my studies.
It sounds too good to be true, and probably is. If we started again, could I quit when I needed to? Could we limit ourselves so we don't go to work tired every day from staying up too late? Would I still spend time with my friends and family? Could we use WoW, without WoW using us?
My boyfriend suggested I play WoW since he did, and at first it was a lot of fun and we played together every night. But now I play more than my boyfriend... I recently moved to NY for college last year and it was really hard living on my own for the first time in a new place. I tried to make new friends by joining clubs but it didn't work out... I just retreated back to my room to play WoW. I can't stop myself from playing even when I want to... I almost failed last semester! Even though, something keeps making me come back to play more wow... 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 finally get that stuff after however many more years its going to take... i may have nothing outside of WoW left :(
I started playing WoW around Christmas 2007, and didn't stop until April 2009 or so (right about after Ulduar came out). Essentially, my second half of my freshman year and all of my sophomore year of college. My grades tanked--I was an engineering major and apparently the stuff you learn in sophomore year are important to the other years. My grades only began to recover the second semester of my senior year when I had finally caught up.
In order to quit I first weened myself off by playing ES IV (Oblivion). It was so liberating to be able to pause the game and quit whenever you felt like it. I met my girlfriend September 2009, and she showed me the futility of games generally. There's no point in sitting and staring at a box all day. Even if you do well in the game, what does that matter?
I remember my ex one time complaining that he couldn't put guild-leader on his resume. I think that's when I realized I had to quit. That on top of the fact that WoW isn't a fun game. It's a grind, and it's exhausting.
I sold my account, and it ended up getting completely banned. It didn't matter. I felt so free and clean.
And then, Blizz allowed WoW to be free to play under level 20. I immediately took advantage of these trials, and the next thing I knew, I had purchased up through WOTLK (it was only $10 each...Cata was out at that point, and you got free months of play).
Yet I started grad school so I let my "free" game time run out. I was great, I was clean. And then I logged in the other day at had a Cata 10-day trial. I don't want to play again. Yet somehow I am now looking at a level 71 char that used to be 60 a few days ago. I even purchased the $10 copy of Cata because of the discount.
My free trial runs out in a half an hour, and I already want to go back. WoW wants you to stay addicted--that's why it's always free to play. Even a few bgs that go horribly, and I want more. I know that if I play, if I hit the level cap, if I begin raiding...I know that this won't make me happy. I know that any victory is fleeting and at the end of the day, my head is dizzy from playing. Yet I have this impulse to keep going.
I never thought of it as an addiction before--I always thought because it wasn't an altering substance that didn't really make sense. But I realize something. I'm hiding my playing from my girlfriend now. And that seems like a dark and scary road. Some people solve this problem by playing with their significant other. But that seems even further removed from reality than needed.
I feel like I need help, and I'm glad I found this site. I hope people can understand that Blizzard just wants your money and wants to find ways to manipulate you into playing again. I feel like a fool for having purchased the $10 Cata. Even with the newest expansion I really don't have a desire to play. This game is terrible and getting worse.
I think I'm going to turn to books to save me this time, not Oblivion. But what bothers me is even getting rid of your major account isn't enough. The impulse never goes away, and I don't understand how this happened to me again.
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.
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?