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.

Friday, November 25, 2005

"It's nice to know that I'm not alone here. My wife of three years has been hooked on everquest for the past 5 months. She was playing everyday of the week and averaging about 10 hours a day. Over this time she became distant, stop caring for the kids, and gained 35 pounds. All this time I was patient and raising a family on my own
behind her computer.

A couple of weeks ago she got really sick and I had to take her to the Doctor. Turns out she has been diagnosed with diabetes and gout (sp?) which is directly related to her gaming / eating habits. I had to look her in the eye and tell her how selfish she was and did she really want to oontinue down this path and possibly die leaving an entire family behind. The doctor backed me up on this and told her that she would only live a couple of more years if she continued to live the way she did

After this, I went home, and forced her to donate the PS2 and all of the games to charity. As for the computer, it is behind steel re-inforced locked doors and is password protected. She is no longer allowed to use the computer without my supervision. Everquest has been uninstalled and the CD has been incinerated. I have my wife back and so far we are a happy family again. Videogames of any shape or form are no longer allowed in our house."


Blogger The Seeker said...

It is possible you may have gone too far. I agree that uncontrolled gaming can be bad (as can everything really) but the solution is learning self-restraint and control, not forceful denial. She can always pick up another bad habit (drinking, smoking whatever) is she is such a personality.

Nov 27, 2005, 10:56:00 PM

Blogger J said...

To his credit, I think she's gone too far... way too far. Let's hope that she is getting counselling to help her overcome her obsessive tendencies so she will learn how to moderate her activities. At the same time, it probably helps her currently not to have her existing obsessions easily accessible.

Nov 29, 2005, 10:55:00 AM

Blogger Zarran said...

I am an avid Everquest player myself can be addicting .. too addicting. Thanks for your blog posting !

Dec 1, 2005, 2:41:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol no offence dude your a little harsh somewhat dictator having a hard time trying to process your 'story'..
its like one extreme to the other

wel im glad that worked out for you thou and hope thing wil continue to be positive ahead

Dec 4, 2005, 7:52:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So instead of games controlling her life you decided to script her life for addiction seems to pale in comparison to your problems.....

Dec 8, 2005, 6:55:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to your decision. I love games but thankfully do not play all the time. You do what you have to. Its sad games can be used in the same breath as alcohol or drugs. But think about it people are addicted to lots of things, sex, food, exercise, losing weight, religion, and on and on.

Dec 21, 2005, 1:11:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

does she have real life social skills?

because if she doesnt the game world is simpler and she probably plays that because she knows how to behave their unlike in real life.

thats just my conjecture

Dec 31, 2005, 4:55:00 PM


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