Well, I have been playing Wow for probably about 18 months, My Main was Stokey a lvl 80 Rogue on Alonsus. Wow isnt just a game, It ends up been a Bloody Career, Lvling Professions and Skills just to make more gold and buy the best in game items, Pretty soon it became more stressful than actually working for a living lol.
I could get in from work at 6pm, Log straight onto Wow and then suddenly realise it's 4am in the morning.
I do miss the game, I quit the day Cata came out and thoughts of i must just start again to get to 85 keep crossing my mind.
But, I bit the Bullet, Cancelled my Subscription and deleted Wow from my PC.
I quit Wow 17 days, 9 Hours and 47 minutes ago, Not that i'm counting :-)
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 am not married. I have no children. I do live back with my mother now though, so I cannot say that my time locked away in my room does not have a negative effect on people other than myself. I began to play WoW four years ago, having originally played the rts games that heralded it, initially thinking it'd be great to be able to actually walk around in all those buildings you created or destroyed in the strategy game campaign maps. For a long time I managed to balance my time between playing online and living a relatively normal life through work, friends and relationships. I quit the game every once in a while when I got bored or no longer found the content interesting. I consider myself intelligent enough to fully realise that the design of the game is primarily geared towards enticing you into a system of simulated rewards along a sliding scale. No matter how you strive to equip yourself in the best gear, how quickly you manage to clear a certain dungeon or raid boss or how many hours you spend levelling up one of the professions to make in-game profit through the auction house, the developers will continually and systematically release new content that makes your work redundant and forces you to repeat the process.
Initially I found this to be an attractive aspect of the game. It was something you can never complete, and thus never get bored of, right? Why go out and spend a load of cash every other week because you have completed that new game you bought, when at less of a cost you can just keep on playing this online game and be fed a stream of new places to explore and new things to experience? Even when, after I had taken an extended leave to work overseas as a volunteer in an attempt to broaden my experiences and enliven my passion for live, my account was compromised and I lost everything, effectively having to start over in terms of gold and equipment, I continued to play. I simply created a new character to earn with and before long had amassed the fortune I had lost, re-equipped my characters and advanced from the stage I had left off. This may be rambling now, but I think it's important to highlight just how obsessed I am with this virtual world.
Nearly all of my issues relating to the game are related to personal flaws. I have an incredibly low self-esteem and suffer from severe depression. I am scared of a world I have grown to deeply dislike, through the things I have actually gone around the world to see, and have very little faith left in humanity. Thus, in the arena of fantasy I find an escape. All of my shortcomings and fears are buried beneath a glittering avatar of my virtual self, where I can earn achievements through work, sometimes on an incredibly unbalanced scale that'd have an employer taken to court for in reality - 80 hours for a tabard and a title that makes me look a little bit better. Essentially though, for the majority of people that play, this is what takes hold. The overwhelming drive to 'appear superior' to their peers. It could be argued that this is a hard-coded aspect of human nature, but it is one that the design of the game thrives upon. You build esteem and reputation based on your skill. So when outside influences threaten that reputation - say, someone in reality asks you to do something while you are involved in a boss encounter, walking away would result in you all dieing and the others, people you will never meet, will end up being pissed off with you - you become naturally defensive. For those of you posting on behalf of close loved ones, you have likely encountered these situations, where your relative/ betrothed/ spouse becomes irrationally angered by a simple topic that may distract them from the game. What we gamers fail to keep in perspective is.... everything. Life slowly but surely becomes a sidenote to whatever it is in the game that attracts us most, be that killing a difficult boss, reaching a certain total number of player kills or simply exploring for an achievement.
That, relatively recent, addition to the game is the developer's crowning masterpiece - their true display of business genius. No longer are the dull tasks of killing redundant bosses or exploring the in-game world utterly devoid of return - now you are rewarded with a certain number of points to your character for meeting certain requirements or fulfilling certain goals, all geared entirely towards simply looking 'better' at the game. You cannot even buy anything with these points. They are utterly useless. Yet thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, including myself, will hunt them down tirelessly. We can get some points for killing that beastie, which we are now able to do wearing a frilly dress and punch to death where before it required us geared-to-the-gills? Off we go! We can kill a god that once took 40 others with just 3? That's our night sorted.
Perhaps I am an extreme case. I realise I need help. I realise that Warcraft is designed to create a situation that encourages replay. I realise that, though incredibly canny in their implementation of game aspects, the company involved is not to blame. I realise I should likely seek professional help, to deal with the issues that really have me signing my life away to a childlike facsimile where pain equates to a few flashes of red around the screen, death means a simple run back to the corpse where you might resurrect and there is no poverty because you can just kill some creatures and sell their organs for insane profit.
If any of this made sense, and you made it this far, I hope it helps you recognise why those you care for act irrationally, and that it not for loss of love for you. If you are addicted yourself and recognise any of what I said, be strong. Walking away is not easy. Facing life is not easy. The world is a hard and brutal place, sometimes too much for many of us. Do not isolate those you have. If you feel you have nobody, seek help from wherever you can. Do not become like me.
I started playing Wow in 2004 when I got it for my Birth Day. I was just turning 15. I've always been alone in real life, Never had any friends. A girlfriend here or there, but no guy friends. Normally my girlfriends lasted shortly too. When I started playing Wow I immediately met a network of friends who made me feel amazing. We did things together and talked and had fun. I was more addicted to Wow the first year. I wanted so badly to explore. I had to see everything. I did. The second and third year was all about my online friends. I loved them. I was involved in there personal (real) lives and them mine. Hell, at one point me and a friend even talked about moving in together. Our guild even planned on getting a house... Seems silly now, but at the time I wanted that so much. Anyways, Eventually between server Xfers and friends quiting I lost touch with all of them. Now I have literally no friends in or out of the game.
I don't even really try anymore to play the game. My gear is under par and my friends list is empty. I run heroics for badges. I try to get on Wow as much as I can even now. I think it's been four years? I am 19 years old now. The only difference in my life is that I go to work all day then come home and play all night. I use to go to school then come home and play all night. I just moved out and it seems it's harder now than ever. Even though I have nothing in game I still sit there all night. Sometimes I just go to the old zones and hope that I can feel something close to the feeling I had when I first started playing. I wish I could feel that good again, so badly. All of my Ex wow friends have quit and moved on, I just wish I had something to quit for. I spent so much of my life on this god damn video game I can't even remember what it was like before I started playing. It just doesn't feel right when I'm home and not on Wow. Like on my free time. I keep thinking to myself "I could have ran 5 heroics in the time I have been watching this movie." "Get on wow, you are wasting time." Any time I'm on vacation with my family I am freaking out I took a week off work I COULD be playing wow, and I am just wasting it vacationing.
I think at this point I could TOTALLY quit. I know how dumb this is. I just ... I have nothing else. What is the point? At least I have goals in Wow? If I wasn't playing what would I be doing on my spare time? sitting alone watching movies? Screw it. /wrist lol
Let me start by saying that WoW was not my first MMO to get into. I use to play DAOC and pretty much missed out on my senior year because of that game. Anyways here is my story.
I started WoW 5yrs ago when me and my friend from DAOC decided we wanted to sell our souls to another game, I had 4 other friends also joining and already had 5 or 6 friends from RL that played. Seemed like it would be a fun thing to do with friend. We played we lvled we got to 60 and then i "took a break".
I say take a break specifically because if anyone has ever tried to quit WoW they know you don't EVER actually quit you "take a break", like a true addiction if you leave everything there ready to take you back you will run back to it eventually.
BC came out and i started up again (new content) played to 70 and then tried started "alting". After the geniouses at Blizzard got the idea to make it easier to lvl all you had to do was get a friend to play with you who had never played before......spreading the poison. I lost my job and really didn't care to look to hard for a new one because it just gave me more time to play. I ran end game raiding content on two different characters and didn't care about a thing in the world. I finally ran out of money so i had to stop and get a job. I "took a break" again.
Things in my life got pretty straighted out, i got a good job. Finally found a lady who I fell in love with, lost 50lb of weight, it was nice. Then one day i was around my friends that still played and they were talking about the game and I decided i was going to give it another whirl and convinced myself that i could control it this time.
In short i wasn't able to control it, i began to neglect my girlfriend, i began to neglect work and i was always frustrated and tired. There is one thing people fail to realize with WoW there is never a sense of "completion" so because there is not that sense of wow i'm finished, you are almost always frustrated your didn't finish or distracted. Even when your off the game your not really "off" the game you are still thinking of what you can do next when you get to sign on or how if you run this raid this is where you can get such and such upgrades. It IS the game that never ends. Finally after another night of running through Icecrown Citadel with one of my no 5 raid worthy lvl 80s till 5:30am on a Friday night rather then spending it with a girl that I love. I went to sleep and in my dreams had dreams of Raids and thought of what i should be doing when i wake up in the game. At 9am i woke up drove home from my friends house sat and laid on my girlfriends bed and informed i need some help quiting.
I deleted it ALL. All 5yrs worth of WoW is now gone for good this time. No going back. And i can say after two weeks of being free its like a giant weight is off my back, I'm happier and enjoying hanging out with friends and finally seeing the world out said of the world of warcraft.
I'm telling you that typing in those letters D-E-L-E-T-E was not the easiest thing I have done espically when you have guildies and friends that you know are going to be mad at you for it. And you have spent sooooo much time working on them. But its like putting a turnicate on a wound if you don't stop it somewhere you are likely to lose more then just a limb. After 5yrs and logging over a full year of actually being in the game if I can do it anyone can.