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 Many of you may have noticed that I took a good break from providing you with the ooey gooey Healadin content you love. Well unfortunately due to semi-serious life rearrangements I have had to take a break from WoW. I have thought about it a lot and I feel really conflicted.

I miss writing for you. It was so much fun to watch as my seedling grew up, nutured by the community. I miss the community, not just the friends that I had made during what was practically a career of WoW but also the folks who were nice enough to email me about the blog and chat through comments.

I used to joke that being a Guild Master was on  on my resume.  It’s not but wouldn’t it be nice if we could explain to folks who are unfamiliar with the game why we love it so much and what we get from the experience? There are those of us who eat, breath and sleep WoW. Heck I’ve even heard one of my guidlies theorycrafting in his sleep!

I am reluctant to say that this will be my last post so keep an eye out for the ocasional thought bubble popping up on the site.  I was really happy to see people still visiting, reading, and commenting on past work. Feel free to check in from time to time and drop me a comment and I will do my best to respond.

In the off chance that this is my final article I would like to offer one piece of advise that I am sure most of you take to heart. It’s life is short so live it the way you want, love the life you live. I feel that so many people try to fit themselves into a box with the tag “Normal Life” but that box is tiny and cramped. Never be ashamed or embarassed to let your freak flag fly.

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When I think about what it means to play too much a few different things come to mind.

I think of Clara from hit web series, The Guild. Clara, for folks who have never seen the show is the loveable stay-at-home Mom who neglects her kids, her husband, and almost every other aspect of her real life to play a MMO, not unlike WoW. The character emphasizes how hard it can be to balance real life responsibilities and MMOs, especially when you throw young children into the mix.

Back in Wrath, I regularly pugged in a 25 man where the  raid lead and his partner just had a newborn daughter. My heart went out to him because I know he was trying hard to keep it all together. But, twenty-minute baby afks started to add up and it didn’t take long for him to realize that he had to take a break from the game.

I am not at the point in my life where I am thinking about taking on the huge responsibility of raising children. I may never get to that point. I would like to say that I am willing to give up gaming if I had to but it has always been such a huge part of my life.

When I ran my guild back in Wrath, WoW took up most of my weekdays after work and some weekends. It’s probably safe to say that it was way too much WoW. I was religiously running raids four nights a week and sunday night guild meetings. I found myself blowing off everything besides work just to be there for the guild. It was definitely way too much.

Being a member of Obsessive, I show up for raids at least twice a week. I always set aside Monday and Tuesdays and nothing comes between me and raid night. Pretty much I’m like this kid twice a week. As you can imagine this becomes a bit of a bone of contention with the misses.  

On Tuesday I wasn’t feeling so good. I left work in the afternoon and went to the doctors passed out in the waiting room. Eventually they saw me gave me some Tylenol for my fever and sent me home with some antibiotics. That night, I was sick as the dickens but I wasn’t going to let it stop me from downing bosses. The girl said that it was a serious problem that I was putting raiding before my health. 

That night, post-patch we downed six bosses. It was the best raid night that we have had post-Cataclysm. We one shot Atramedes. I got three pieces of loot if you count my T11 pants bought with Valor Points. She went to bed early and told me not to wake her up. She was mad as hell in the morning. Was it worth it? Maybe…

Back in Wrath, I remember being on vent one beautiful sunny sunday afternoon running some BGs with guildies and one of my buddies came back from being AFK. He said, “my girlfriend is packing her stuff up right now, she’s leaving me.” Then he said something that I’ll never forget, “third girlfriend I lost to WoW, good riddance”, and then he cracked a beer.

We have all heard stories of MMO addiction getting out of hand. In the new millenium rehabilitation centers for treating video game addiction have started opening around there world, spotlighting this issue. I think many of us justify how much time we spend playing by comparing ourselves to others who never seem to log out of game.

I have heard a lot of crazy stories about MMO addiction gone terribad. What stories have you heard? When do you think it’s time to set up an intervention? Just how much is too much?

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