It's 10 pm. Do you know where you and your loved ones are? Here is a collection of experiences from those who live / have lived with an obsessive MMOG gamer and from those who have lived the experience of obsessive MMOG gaming.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

"He began playing WOW during beta testing (he played various other games before it came out) and I played a bit myself and got addicted as well until I had a similar wakeup call to what you described ..., and I dropped down to playing maybe 1-3 hours a week and sometimes a couple of weeks will go by when I don't play at all. (It is so hard to resist sometimes, but I know what is most important in my life)

One thing that really opened my eyes to how much time I was wasting was to use the "/played" command in the game. It will tell you exactly how may hours the character has been played down to the seconds. I have checked my husband's ... and it says about 24 days of game time has been spent on that specific character. That's 24
days of 24 hours each, so in about a three month period he has spent 576 hours of that time on that one character. That's not counting his level 20 ... or his level 15 ... or his level 16 ... or and of the other various leveled characters he has. Also it doesn't count all the time he spends on reading the web pages and message boards about the game. I know that many people here have addicts that play even more than this and my heart truly goes out to you.

It really makes me sick to think of all the time wasted on this. My husband does not have a job and we have been struggling our whole marriage with finances. I am a freelance ... and the majority of our income has been from my efforts. We have a ... girl and a ... boy, and I feel like I am raising them on my own most of the time.

I just try to survive emotionally and physically from day to day the best I can and be there for my kids."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That almost sounds like my story. I do not know how may hours my husband has played total but he is chaging. He rarely ever comes to bed with me any more. Always up till 4am or later most nights. We have one son who is a baby. But I just wonder if it is going to be like this when he gets older too. My Husband seems to always have WOW on his mind. Makes reasons just to get on it for oh 20 minutes, he says. It is starting to show physically and when I mention something about it he always says it is me. I dont know what to do. All I know is that it is a problem that needs to be fixed. I dont want to leave him but I dont want to live like this either. Just know you are not the only one.

May 24, 2005, 12:58:00 AM


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