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.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

"I finally quit playing EQ around 2 months ago after about 3 years of playing. Like smoking when I was (a lot) younger, I simply lost interest in it and all MMORPGs (I was playing Eve Online for a couple of months too).

Reading some of the stories of relationships destroyed helped a lot towards my change of attitude. I love my girlfriend very much and didn't want to do what others had done to their partners. I know she wasn't happy with me playing but she tolerated it in moderation. I did have the capacity to play to excess when she wasn't around though.

I don't consider myself to have an addictive nature, but I was in some way addicted to EQ. It has a very powerful attraction to it of not being real and therefore allowing you to do things you cannot, and could not normally do, in real life. It imbues you with a (false) sense of power and achievement which is very seductive. Your achievements carry with them kudos and recognition in the game world which may be, and probably are, lacking in your day-to-day wage slavery. In the game world you can be someone special.

However, I finally realised that what I was achieving was, in real terms, nothing. Absolutely nothing. I would have nothing to show for the hours wasted in the game world. I may as well have been sleeping. And that was what finally clinched it for me."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog post. Clear-eyed and concise.

People who take MMORPGs too seriously often find themselves empty handed and empty hearted after "winning" so much in the games they play.

Try playing with your significant other when you feel a desire to play again. If that is not possible because it isn't their cup of tea, then he/she simply MUST find a hobby to do while you play. This way, you are both doing something you love at the same time. The important thing to keep in mind is that a pastime like gaming is a good exercise for your mind unlike, say, watching today's sitcoms or hanging out in pool halls or shopping for shoes or posting to blogs anonymously...


Feb 7, 2006, 9:37:00 AM


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