Are A Lot of People Really Addicted To World of Warcraft?

July 16, 2007 by Apadwe  
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I play World of Warcraft a lot but I don’t consider myself addicted. I only play a few hours a day and I don’t neglect real life. I really just have a hard time believing that there are people who are really addicted to this game. Come on, it’s just a game! Anyway, are there a lot of people who are truly addicted to WoW?

I know when I first looked around and read story after story from players I was shocked as well. There are tons of people who are truly addicted to World of Warcraft. Some might think it is funny being addicted to a game but isn’t Blackjack a game as well?

Here is one story that I have read on the internet from someone who is addicted to the game so much it really is interfering with his work, family life, and many other things. I was absolutely shocked seeing how this person was able to become so addicted but the stories kept coming with more people chiming in. Anyway, here is the story:

My Husband started playing WOW almost 2 years ago and our marriage has slowly deteriorated since. A �friend� of his gave him a free 10 day trial and he actually asked if I cared if he tried it out�and I said �sure it�s a free try why not� I can�t tell you how much I regret that statement.

First he played a couple of hours ata time then he announced friday nights were now his �Raid night� and I could not make plans that included him on fridays from then on. I asked for him to talk to the other 50 raid people to see if they could switch it and he said no, he said that was the night that worked for everyone else�(regardless of whether it worked for his family). I was told to expect this indefinitly. Every �date night� essentially gone.
In addition to �Raid night� He started playing every night after dinner, the routine was, he�d come home, have dinner watch an hour of TV with me, then go play until midnight or so. Later he told me that OTHER players� were having a hard time with the friday thing so they changed it to Wednesday AND Thursdays instead. OTHER people had a hard time so they moved it, it didn�t seem to matter that I had a hard time with it but, at least other players cared what their wives or family thought or needed. He also has a raid o sunday afternoons now which don�t seem as urgent so, he does miss them every now and then.

His MD started him on this drug for his ADD and he now plays until 3 or 4am almost every single night of the week. He gets up at the last possible second, has a shower and barely makes it to work on time. He does not eat breakfast or make coffee anymore and of course buys his lunch IF he remembers to eat during the day at all.

He gets home and is so hungry he�ll have a huge dinner and then after I go to bed, he�ll binge on something else (Like a whole bag of Nachos or A tub of frozen Yogurt). I don�t keep a lot of junk in the house but even a whole tub of frozen yogurt right before bed can make you fatter. His weight has shot up and he weighs close to 100 pounds more then when we met. I don�t know what to do anymore, i�ve tried so many times to talk to him and he just doesn�t listen. He�s cut off friends who aren�t gamers and doesn�t talk to his family much anymore.

If plans are to be made, I make them and its often a battle to get him to go. We don�t have kids although I want at least one. I just see how neglectful he is of me and our dog (yells at him if he noses him to get some attention, doesn�t remember to feed or water him in the AM �cause he�s so rushed) and I don�t want to put a child through that. I don�t want to get divorced but it�s starting to look like the only solution. I miss the man I married, the guy who was fun, who loved to hike and take our dog for runs together. I feel like a failure because I wasn�t enough to keep him interested and that really hurts.

Also remember it isn’t just the guys who can be addicted to this game. There are tons of women addicted to WoW as well. Here is one example story:

I find all of this a bit strange. My wife is addicted to WOW. I dont know what to do. she plays with every free moment she has. Ever since BC came out she has been playing nonstop. My problem with it is all the time dedicated to playing. She spends more time with her online friends, which are all guys, than she does with me. I have also found that she has one of her online friends phone number and they are conversing out of the game.

I am at my wits end. I feel i should call this guy and let him know she is married and not on Wow to hook up but i am afraid of what the consequences of doing that will be. I am this close to filing for divorce. And when i do i will send blizzard and dell a thank you for ruining my marriage. without them (blizzard and dell) i think i would still have my wife.

I want to put another story I’ve read into here as well. The other stories listed were from married couples (not sure the age) but this one comes straight from a 16 year old student and is probably yet another example of many stories like this as well.

My names Josh, im a 16 year old High School student, and im a Wow addict. And by addict, i mean the real deal. Its humorous to hear people say how hard it is when there husband plays like 40 hours a week, Look at myself, and see that i play anywhere from 70-90 hours a week. Its rough, but i enjoy it. I realise, a lot of people just see the bad sides of WoW, and in no way am i here to justify it, more of just to give another perspective.

For a while, i had family problems, and WoW was a shelter. It was my anti-depresant. Ive been playing WoW since the release, and ive been playing with the same group of friends for that amount of time. Ovbiously theres been some variations, but the majority of my close friends have been for 2+ years. So WoW was my source of fun. It kept me in a good mood and what not, but� theres a few problems that came with this oh so amazing bliss.

Im a smart kid, im mature, im not bragging, but growing up in a school system where you get kids form down town, you can realise it. Ive been in a program called TAG – talented and gifted, basicly honors / ap for elementary school. Droped out. Why you ask? Too much work, not that i couldnt do it, but i didnt care. I have no drive outside of what i care about, and honestly, what i care about is my girlfriend (which the relationship has gone to ****), and WoW. Now in highschool, my GPA is 1.7. Yet i want to get into college? Its really a reality check, but i cant stop. Ive had� lets start with before TBC. 60 tauren warrior, Deleted 3 times and restored each due to addiction, 60 priest, quit, 51 mage, alt that i quit when trying to quit, 60 human rogue, traded for horde rogue, who upon level 70 and nicely geared, was hacked. Now im playing another character who ive level to 30 in aprox 4 days.

WoW isnt just addicting for the never ending repetive system, more so for the social enviorment. When you get so close, and you see them making comitment to �spend time� it feels like a freaking relationship, but you enojoy it, and its blinding (as some relationships are). There really isnt a easy balance when your hardcore. Between farming consumables, making sure your arena team is 2200+, and being a raid leader? Where does real life come in? Especially when your parents pay for it all. What should i feel like i need to work for? Paarents also bought me a new car. I dont blame The companies, i blame my parents. And for my friends, i blame there parents, as most have the same story as me. Kids today, my peers, have no work drive.. we arnt given a reason to work for anything, and yes, knowing that this is the problem, i should be mature enough to correct it, but i dont have the -drive-. I want it, but i dont have it. Slowly, im getting back into school, focusing more, doing my work, but its only because I want it, and changing myself, which im proud of.

Basicly, the point of this, is so you all can see that WoW has good and bad sides, more bad then good. If you are a parent, and dont want this to happen to your child, MAKE them work for something, make them do chores, make them have a drive, because if i could go back, i would tell my mom to make me work for everything i have, my 30,000$ car, my 1.3k computer, all the crap i never use in my room, and more importantly, the 300+$ my parents pay in MMORPG/FPS monthly funds.

I love my mother, im so apprecitave of everything, but parents, money isnt everything, toys arnt everything, and if you dont do something, they may end up like i did, and honestly, its not worth it.

Now what am i gonna do when i get home? Ill tell you, im going to forget this article, double click ventrillo, connect, scream in joy at all of my friends, ask how there day went, log onto wow, and level my butt off untill its time to go to bed.

These are just a few stories of people addicted to the game from the many, many more out there. World of Warcraft can be as addicting as anything else out there. It can be addicting just like poker, alcohol, drugs, etc. While it’s impossible to tell exactly how many people are addicted to WoW I believe it has some huge numbers. Luckily, some addicts are starting to realize their addiction and are working on getting out of it. Here’s yet another story:

(Quick thin bio: I�m a 30+ married father of 2, I work full-time, my wife is a stay @ home mother, both kids are young, not in school yet.)

I finally rid myself of my WoW account. This will be the 3rd�yes 3rd, time I�ve walked away from the game. The 1st time I deleted the character, but then created a new one a few months later. The 2nd time, I deleted the character and walked away. I came back a 3rd time, and what do you know, but Blizzard can un-delete your character if you ask them. At the time, I was THRILLED of course. I started playing this 3rd time and actually seemed to be keeping it in check, it wasn�t becoming a problem.

Slowly my play time ramped up slightly, still it was a problem. Fast forward a few months and I was playing a lot and was already becoming addicted, the last 2 months were downright shameful at how addicted I�d become. While the time playing and neglect of life was a major problem, one of the more interesting aspects was how it affected me when I wasn�t playing. My wife could tell, it was all I thought about.

I remember going to meetings at work and just zoning out and thinking about WoW. I�d take the kids to the park and sit on the bench while they played, I�d just sit there thinking about WoW. I must�ve looked like some drugged out loser, I�m sure I had a 10-mile stare. But let�s not forget the time played. While I was leveling from 60-70, I would actually set my alarm to wake me up @ 3am so I could get in a few hours before work.

Of course I was exhausted at work, hardly did anything productive, and spent most of my day surfing about WoW. On nights when my wife worked, (she works a part time evening job to help out) it meant maximum WoW time without me feeling like I actually needed to spend time with her (sad on my part, I know.)

I would hurry to get my kids in bed so I could start my WoW session for the night. Of course, I always had WoW running while I was getting them ready for bed, whether it be scanning the auction house, getting that enchant that I just HAD to have, or moving my character to the next fly point so I could hit the ground running once they were down. I started to actually regret weekends that we had social activities planned. I didn�t want to give up my Fri/Sat nights, those were my maximum WoW nights. Sure, I�d still play after we got home, but that meant I�d lose out on a few hours.

No matter how you look at that, I was sick and pathetic and hate that I actually behaved in this manner for any stretch of time, and for a game?!

Anyway, to avoid me re-installing and asking Blizzard to un-delete my account, I sold the account. Yes, some may frown and say that I�m actually contributing to the problem with WoW addiction. But, this was the one way that I could be sure that I couldn�t get this account back. While I was addicted to the game, I just don�t have it in me to level a character from 1-70 all over again, so no chance of me doing that. I�m just thankful that my wife put up with me through it. She couldn�t have been more thrilled once I made the decision to end WoW for good. She was sweet, she actually left me a card the other night, thanking me and letting me know she could already see a difference in me, for the better. On nights when she works, I actually spend time with my kids and I�m not in such a rush to get them off to bed so daddy can be glued to the keyboard and try to grind out �just a little more rep with�.� Wish me luck, I�m just glad it�s done and I walked away.

So, while WoW addiction might seem like something that couldn’t be real, it really is. If you are someone that is worried about becoming addicted just limit yourself from playing the game so much and treat it seriously. Anyway, hopefully this will put some light into the subject of WoW addiction.


205 Responses to “Are A Lot of People Really Addicted To World of Warcraft?”
  1. Sam Cook says:

    I started seeing this guy for a few days. But that first week was amazing. We talked and spent great time together. He told me that he was a little bit of a nerd and played WoW. I thought it was cute at first. Then the second week came around. Things were really going well between us. He started inviting me over to watch him play Wow. He invited me mostly because I should an interest in the game. I was trying to get to know him more and spend time with him. I didn’t mind at first watching him play WoW. I would ask him questions and have him explain the game to me.
    The next 5 times we hung out it was me sitting on his bed watching him play WoW. Every 10 min, he would turn around and kiss me or touch me. I would try to talk to him, but he never listened cause he was always talking to his teammates. Pretty soon I was only invited over to give him massages because his back hurt from sitting and playing games.
    I am not stupid and could see this relationship going no where. I was sad because we hit it off so well. Who knows where things could have gone if it werent for WoW. I would say it safe to say he has an addiction. Yes he goes to college, work, and the gym, but every time I wanted to hang out he would make up an excuse. Every time I asked him on a date, he would say yes and then stood me up. When I would sleepover he would play till 3 in the morning and the wake up at 9 so he could Raid with his friends.
    I’m upset and hurt. What can I do? Nothing I guess. Just walk away and hope that one day he gets off the game and learns to communicate and have a relationship. It all just sucks cause I care about him a lot.

  2. cindy says:

    My husband was playing the game this morning and he suppose to help me take care of our 5 month old son so i can get some sleep.I told him that our son was awake at 2:30 a.m. and he got mad and and started to get the bottle ready and i told him forget it i’ll do it and he said it’s too late.I told him all he cares about is that game and i heard him say well i have a job.So he is telling me in a way i don’t have a job.Well taking care of two kids that is a job in it self.Now he is mad at me.I just had enough and i want to leave him.

  3. Cyndi says:

    Hello everyone.
    Its so sad to read some of these stories. Whats even worse is I can relate to them. I play WOW, I’m not an addict however. I can play everyday for an hour for a week straight and then stop for six months…just bored with it.

    I do feel a bit guilty, though. I introduced my mother to the game when I was 17. I am now 22 and feel as though that’s all she cares about. When I lived with her she would play one or two hours a day, nothing too serious, you know just to relax after work.

    Ever since I’ve moved out she plays from the moment she wakes up until she goes to bed.

    She used to do small animal rescue and that was her life. She was friends with a veternarian in town who would help by giving her discounts on medicine and treatments.

    She took in birds, guinea pigs, hampsters, rabbits, lizards, she even took in a rat once. She didn’t care how crazy it sounded because animals had souls too.

    Since i’ve moved out she’s gotten rid of more than fifty animals. She’s still getting rid of some. She’s on the game in the morning, afternoon, and night. She makes herself sick because she found a WOW boyfriend (despite the fact that she’s married to my stepfather who is a wonderful man) and he’s in a different time zone so she will wait up all hours of the night to play with him.

    She has type 1 diabetes and hasn’t been taking care of herself. She tells her husband that she has insomnia that’s why she’s on the computer all hours, but I know the truth. Its because of her boyfriend and the game.

    Her health is crumbling to pieces. She’s lost so much weight because she rarely finds time to eat a decent meal. And she hasn’t lost the weight because of lack of food, she’s lost the weight because of what she chooses to eat…you see, she will grab chips and munch all night on the entire bag which is nothing but carbs…which then turns into sugar. Her sugars have been so high lately that her body has now gone into something doctors call Diabetic ketoacidosis.

    Her body litterally eats away at its own fat and when there is nothing else it goes after the muscles. This occurs when someone can’t keep their sugars down and they stay contantly high all the time. All this is happening because she wont eat a healthy meal, all night long she snacks while playing with her boyfriend who apparently cares SO MUCH about her, she doesn’t excercise like she used to, and the game has taken over her life.

    My stepdad is furious with it all. His next step is divorce, and he’s already filled me in. He says he can’t live like this anymore.
    My Papaw passed December 20 2009 and she promised to visit my Mawmaw, her own mother, but never did because she couldn’t stay that many days away from WOW.

    Her and her boyfriend made a new guild and it was her responsiblity to be their for the new members, even if it meant not being for her mother who was mourning the loss of her husband of 35 years.

    This is real.

    I never would have imagined WOW could be an addiction. I feel so horribly guilty for ever introducing the game to her. She lost her animals, her health, her husband, her mother, and I really don’t want to leave her, but what else can you do? She’s my mom I’m supposed to be there, right? It just seems pointless to try and talk to her. We’ve all said she needed help, but she ignores it. You can’t force someone to get help when they clearly don’t want it.

  4. Andrew says:

    I’ve been playing wow for a few years on and off. When I started it 3 years ago I didn’t really get hooked because I didn’t know how to play the game and I had internet troubles, so I took off for a bit. The I came back on a few months later and I leveled a few more characters in 2008. I eventually got bored again, and I was only playing around 3 hours per day on a crappy laptop. It wasn’t very fun. During the summer of 2008 my grandma gave me $1000 to buy a computer and combined with my own cash I was able to purchase a fully loaded station. Thats when the habit began to get out of hand from the entire summer of 2008 to may of 2009. I created a character and I really began to get hooked once I understood how to play. By the end of may I would come home and I all I would do is play world of warcraft until 1 in the morning. I was younger then only 14 and it really wore me out staying up that late and it wasn’t much fun because I would screw up my role and get screamed at. I quit for school. From Sept of 2009 to 2010 I ended up with a sleeping disorder related to other stress issues. I kept fighting it for months, but eventually I gave in 5 months later in february on 2010 after only getting an hour of sleep per night on average. This time when I played Wow, I was really playing. I got in with the best guilds and everything, and I would play until daylight or 5 in the morning practically because I was so used to sleep deprivation. My real life had become so miserable in a never-ending cycle of trying to get better that the only way to survive was to live in the world of warcraft. I was about ready to hide in my attic so I didnt have to go to school and I would play that game nonstop until school ended and then I would come out and drop out of highschool next year. I almost threw my life away for wow because real life had become unbearable. I had developed learned helplessness. The only way I was able to quit as that I was able to let go of most of the stuff that was stressing me out. My life is better now, but it’s really boring. I don’t know if I should go back to wow or not.

  5. McDowell says:

    This topic is nigh-three years stale now, but I’d like to throw my two cents in.

    I started playing WoW as soon as it came out, having been a huge fan of Warcraft II while I was in elementary school. It wasn’t the first game I’d gotten wrapped up in, nor the first MMORPG. Before picking up WoW I’d spent a lot of time in Star Wars Galaxies, Earth and Beyond, and Planetside. Star Wars Galaxies, in particular, had eaten up a lot of time and money, and by the time I quit I was one of the top players on a very old server. Keep in mind, I was in 7th-8th grade at this time, when I should have been learning how to knuckle down and do work. All of these games, as most of them do, had served as means of escape from what was a very rough home life and a difficult time adjusting at school. My parents had already voiced concern about the amount of time I spent on games, but at that time they were fighting so loudly and so frequently that I didn’t think they were in any position to advise me on anything related to healthy habits.

    As I got more immersed in World of Warcraft my home life continued to deteriorate, pushing me further into the game. My sister, who had traditionally helped me cope, had gotten her license and a car. These allowed her to physically escape our problems at home, while my best alternative was to bury myself in the game. It didn’t help that I had transferred to a private school that was 45 minutes from my house, meaning I was even more isolated by my lack of a car. Without even realizing it I fell into the same habit that a lot of people have been describing here: Marathon gaming sessions were the norm, I frequently missed entire nights of sleep and went straight to school without ever hitting the sheets, and I fiercely resented attempts to involve me in anything that took away from game time. My parents noticed this and moved the computer out of my room to a family space, hoping to make it harder for me to shut myself away with the game for hours at a time. This only led to more fights and confrontations about the amount of time I spent on the game. Often I would wait for my parents to go to sleep before sneaking back out to play for an extra hour or two. I was caught a few times, and these always resulted in tremendous screaming fights.

    By this time I was well established in the game. I had a level 60 mage in full netherwind back when that was extremely rare, as well as an alt warrior who I’d geared out for PvP by using him on raids once we got the encounters down. At this point, I didn’t think about how strange it was that I’d levelled a warrior all the way up simply so he could take the drops from raids that I really had no reason to go on anymore with my mage. My guild appointed me class leader for mages, adding even more incentive to fritter away hours of my time, and attend redundant raids. Eventually, these two characters combined weren’t enough, and I created a rogue on a PvP server where some old Star Wars Galaxies friends had started playing. After we’d leveled together for a while, they started to lose interest, but I didn’t. I powered my rogue to 60 and started PvPing on him in the time between raids on my original server, eventually getting to high warlord without ever joining a guild. That caught the attention of some raiding guilds, netting me a spot on one of the big ones and further burdening my schedule.

    Around this time my family situation finally reached the breaking point, but I continued to play relentlessly even after we were forced to move out of the house. I set up in the basement of a family member’s house where we were staying and played even harder than before, taking all of my 60s on endless Naxxramas runs as soon as it came out to try and be one of the first guilds to get to Kel’Thuzad. I didn’t care that I’d originally bought the game for PvP and didn’t even much ENJOY raiding. The game allowed me to shut out the world completely, so I stopped even pretending to do work at school, and I drifted further away from the friends I’d managed to retain.

    The last summer before going to university (which I thankfully managed to get into), I played nonstop. Besides the 40 hours I put in at Panera Bread, I was glued to the screen. My diet consisted mainly of Coca-Cola and the baked goods they let me take home after my shift ended. It was pathetic.

    I’m not sure how I shook the addiction. It happened gradually, as I slowly realized that I’d done everything I could do in the game. My options were limited to starting over with a new class, but that just gave me a slightly different perspective on the same old stuff. The duties I had with my guild meant that I already had a pretty good understanding of how it felt to play each class through PvP and endgame anyway. I’ll admit that I was in the 12:00 AM lineup for Burning Crusade, but that expansion is what finally did it for me. After a few weeks playing through Outland, I couldn’t stomach the prospect of grinding all of my meticulously geared characters up another ten long levels and starting the end-game process all over again in a slightly different environment. Playing through Blizzard’s attempt to keep me hooked ripped the wig off the WoW experience for me: you’re doing the same things over and over, but the rewards are slightly different each time and it feels good getting them and being told you’re doing well. But really, all the fancy new abilities and armor didn’t alter the game much at all, they just sucked away a whole lot of time before you could get to them.

    My story has a happy ending: I gave my account to the SWG friends who came back for the expansion, they did something stupid with it and I am now permanently banned, no questions asked. It does give me a twinge to think of all the time and effort I poured into those characters being wasted, but I suppose wasting time is all they were good for in the first place. However vague the object, we all like to enjoy the fruits of our labor, especially when gratification is so tantalizingly meted out. After leaving WoW I managed to get my act together and transfer schools, and hindsight has helped me to see how bad my problem was. I’ll never get back the years of high school and middle school I spent in front of the computer instead of out doing the stupid things kids remember for the rest of their lives, but at least I know my weakness and can be on guard.

    WoW is the perfect escape: It rewards us frequently, but not so frequently that we lose interest. It allows us to feel accomplished, adventurous, exotic and important far, far more easily than we can achieve that feeling in real life. WoW is predictable, reliable and controllable in a way that real life can never be. But everyone has to face up to certain facts about life eventually, especially those of us who have a tendency to drift off into dangerous escapes.

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