I was addicted to WoW for about 4 years. During those 4 years I became a monster. I stopped eating, I let me grades drop from A's to C's and D's, I lost a lot of good friends and replaced them with virtual friends that I had never met. WoW for me was an escape from reality, what started out as 4 good friends playing a game together turned into 3 of them leaving and letting 1 turn himself into a loser. During those 4 years I took WoW-cations where I left for a few months and came back. My greatest WoW-cation was when I hit level 70 got full gladiator gear and then quit because the game got boring, I was clean for 5 months. It was only a little after the release of Wrath of the Lich King that I went back to my old server, re-connected with friends I made and then started up my account again. When I started playing on my Winter Break of 8th grade (winter of 2008-2009) I had straight A's until I started playing. I went back to school and because of this game I played sick to come home. I made up a fake excuse saying that "I was up puking all night so I just need to go home and rest" or "Mom, I'm sick" and ended up missing a full 2 weeks of school because of my re-ignited addiction.
It may seem impossible to quit sometimes but what eventually got me to quit was that the game got boring, I realized that I had ruined my life, I ended up spending more time in Kara with my raid and connecting with them more than my friends in real life. Girls I used to know and hang out with started to make fun of me for sitting in the back of the classroom and playing WoW.
Please, try to quit. It will ruin your life. If your reading this and you haven't installed WoW yet, go return the game and pick up Call of Duty, at least you can put that down.
I will say this though, I have made some genuine friends on this game, I still talk to them today and would like to say that not everyone that plays this game is a creepy old guy wanting to have sex with you. I have met some of the players I raided with in real life and they are good people. I am 14 and I have been clean of WoW for almost 1 year.
I began playing World of Warcraft in late December, early January of my Sophomore year of High School. Some people I knew that I had classes with had shared the wonders of the game with me, and promptly invited me to join them in playing. Having nothing else to do, I accepted.
2 years later, when I graduated my Senior year, the only friends I had were people that I had played World of Warcraft with. All my (ex) Real Life friends had abandoned me as they only saw my addicted face for 45-90 minutes a day. When school ended, I would disappear into my room and log on to vent, furiously yelling at morons who couldn't kill Mu'ru.
When Wrath of the Lich King came out, I might as well have put myself into a time lock. I was already attending college, and the extra freedom was like a drug to me. I stopped attending classes when Wrath came out, and recieved the Realm First! Level 80, Realm First! Level 80 Blood Elf, and Realm First! Level 80 Hunter, such was the extent of my addiction. Needless to say, I was in a guild of people who were addicted just like me, and soon we started the downward spiral which only a new World of Warcraft expansion can cause.
We were the first Guild to clear Naxxramas on our Server, both 10 and 25, and the first guild to have our core raid group decked out in the best gear available. After Naxxramas was cleared, I started attending classes again.. This was only three days after the exapansion came out. I thought that the World of Warcraft trouble would be over then, but no. Blizzard came out and released Ulduar. This is where I stopped attending classes all together. I would stay in my Dorm Room all day, playing World of Warcraft. My guild was determined to get that Realm First Yogg Saron kill, and so was I.
Three weeks later, when we finally achieved our goal, I realized that my addiction had stopped me from attending classes so much, that I would not have the knowledge necessary to pass any exams that came my way. Not to mention, I had probably missed a handful of exams.
It is then that I decided the time had come. Now that World of Warcraft had cost my parents an additional $20,000, as I had to repeat my Freshman year of College, It was time to end this ridicolous obsession.
I logged on, walked into Orgrimmar, and cursed off everyone. 2 days later, I recieved a warning, and a temp. ban. Finally, when it was lifted, I did it again, this time recieving a permaban for my actions.
I'm happy that I stopped. I'm happy that I was able to rid myself of this addiction. I recommend that everyone who plays it does as well. Its not a game, its a disease much like cancer, if your bodies' cells were your free time. It just eats at it and eats at it, and eventually, its gone. Eventually, your life is consumed by this atrocity which Blizzard Entertainment has set into the world.
It's starting to get light outside. The first streaks of sunlight coming in through the blinds and the clock reads 5:30. I am startled when I hear her voice behind me, "You didn't come to bed again?"
I close my laptop and go crawl into bed. "Honey," I say, "Please call me at seven, OK?" With reservation in her voice, she agrees, once again. God, I love this woman, I think I am addicted to her. Even more than to my girlfriend, an '05 RoadStar Silverado motorcycle. Even more than to my whore, the MMORPG, World of Warcraft. I should be, I married her!
Seven o'clock rolls around and the house phone rings. It's my wife calling to wake me up from my hour and a half nap. I get up, roust the children. I send the teen off to high school, and get the boy ready for 3rd grade. I walk the boy to school with the dogs, two Bichon Frise's, then walk back home. The man that just walked past me, looks like a Gnome.
As I get close to the door, I can feel it... my heart rate increases. I walk inside and unleash the dogs. I head straight for the laptop, open it and log on to World of Warcraft. The dogs are thirsty and want some water, but their water dish is empty. They can wait a minute, I just have to check my mail to see what auctions have sold.
Now need I exchange pleasantries with the people who are members of the guild I run. One of them needs help in dungeon. I'm on it!
2 hours later we finish up the quests they needed to complete, and I can put my Level 60 Paladin to rest for a few hours. I'm going to be late to work if I don't hustle. I shower, shave, pack up the laptop, gear up, head to the motorcycle for my short commute to the office.
I have a couple of meetings, work on the computer, and talk to my wife frequently throughout the day. When I arrive at home at 7:30 in the evening, I get my normal warm greeting...
The puppies run to me; My son hugs me and starts his tale of school day activities followed by his progress at leveling his 26 Paladin (just like Daddy!); My wife greets me warmly with a kiss and a hug, followed by pleading eyes asking me for some help completing a couple of quests. I have a couple bites of dinner, then head back to the living room to play again.
I admit it. I am a World of War-crack addict. My wife just recently started playing after a year of putting up with my intolerable absence from our evenings together. She has recognized that being the primary bread-winner in the family, and having no other vices, this is how I relax and stay entertained. She graciously allows me this. Why does she permit this behavior? I'll tell you what I think...
I don't drink, smoke, or use drugs. I go to church almost every Sunday and tithe weekly. We have family business meetings once each month to make sure we are on the same page of the book, so to speak. I help he keep the house, and I make sure the laundry is washed and dried. When she wants to talk to me, I stop playing and TRY to focus on her, making sure I respond appropriately to her questions and statements. When we need groceries or anything that requires a shopping trip of some kind, I stop playing and go with her.
I take her out to eat a couple of times each month so we can have some time where it is just the two of us. We talk several times each day and are each others best friend. I put her in bed each night (before I go back to playing the game), and make sure the left-overs from dinner are put away. We have sex at least 2 times each week, watch movies together, and enjoy cool stuff, like cars and technology, together.
In April of this year. 2007, I am taking a three-day motorcycle trip with one of my best male friends to Yuma, Arizona. I will not have my laptop, or internet access, or World of Warcraft... How will I survive?
I don't care who you are in this world - if you want to have a good relationship with your spouse or significant other, you have to be willing to compromise Compromise, COMPROMISE! Remember that while you can't read your spouse's mind, your spouse cannot read yours either. You must make sure you communicate and do so regularly.
Be nice, have fun, and enjoy each other's company!
My spouse is a recovering drug addict. We have 2 very beautiful kids together. Ages 2 and 3. We have been together 5 years. Growing up as a child I remember doing many outdoor activities none of which my children get to participate in often. Our home is 4 enclosed walls of no communication amongst my spouse and I. Our communication is always filled with him being very competitive and argumentative.
We both are 32 years old and have sex maybe once a month with very little passion. And I am a very attractive woman with several proposals to go out from other men. While he comes home from work he goes straight to the bedroom and hides in video games while I come home from work and immediately tend to all the duties of the house and children. Its severally lonely and depressing. Its selfish in so many ways as well to my children and myself. One thing about addicts though is that they are the only ones that can help their problem no one else.
I am a self-sufficient woman and hope for his own good he wakes up from this stupidity and waste of life. There are no truly significant reasons someone should be playing at a screen for hours on end. Its unattractive and loathing for the other individual who has to live with it.
He has not quit yet, and I don't think he will. He plays from when he gets home at 3 all the way until 2-4 in the morning. He wakes up and is tired as hell, and this is a cycle that repeats indefinitely. He has no real friends other than me and a few other guys, and is extremely socially awkward because of his WoW addiction. All he talks about is the game, and he makes tons of references to it in real life even if nobody gets them. He is never seen without his laptop, and if his laptop (even as school or work laptop) can't run the game on max settings, he refuses to buy it.
His parents are also rich, so he can use their credit card to buy new shit for the game and they wont even notice.
I hate this game with a passion, Blizzard NEEDS to address addiction on their website. This is freaking ridiculous how people lose their ENTIRE lives due to a fantasy world. To hell with Blizzard, who is even WORSE than activision, and to hell with that friend. I can't even stand him anymore because of his addiction.