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World of Warcraft - January 31st 2011, 05:18 AM

So, probably the most infamous game out there. I have been playing since just before i started High school, and, although it has taken me awhile, I feel i can finally say it is an addiction and i need to stop.

I would consider myself a very intelligent person, and I feel like this game is the reason I have not achieved the things I have wanted to yet in my life. Before i started this game, something like 4-5 years ago, I loved school. In elementary school, i stayed in at lunch to work on my multiplication tables. I was fascinated by everything i was learning, and i wanted to learn more. Since, my interest in school has plummeted, my grades dropped, got my first D freshman year of high school.

Socially, I think I have also lost something. I barely ever hang out with anyone outside of school, and when im at school, I only talk to the people who play world of warcraft me, about it. Ive also never had a romantic relationship with anyone, and while there are probably more factors to this then the game, i feel it probably contributed to it.

So, my question finally, lol. I have attempted quiting this game twice before. The first time lasted i think 4 months, and when i started doing good in school again, I decided i was responsible enough to play the game without it interfering with my life, i was wrong. I played the game for another year or so, and quit my second time for a summer, and even sold my account to try and get it away from me. Well, schools starts up, and my friends decide because i was so good at the game, they want me to play again. They buy me the game and all the expansions, and ive been playing for the past 6 months or so. Both those times I quit, I dont think i really thought of it as an addiction. But its impact is clear to me now, and i want to stop playing it. But the friends i am closest to now in real life play it, and i have friends in the game i consider myself close to. I know they are going to try and get me to keep playing, and I want to know if anyone has tips for getting out of a situation like this.

The only reason im even able to see this now is because my computer has stopped working as well as it used to, and basically can't play. I want to be able to keep not playing what I am actually able to.
   
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Re: World of Warcraft - January 31st 2011, 08:20 AM

Why not slowly cut down tour playing time first. Put the parental controls on. And whilst your not playig, make plans to socialise. I play the game myself but I go through phases of playing lots then barely
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Re: World of Warcraft - January 31st 2011, 05:22 PM

Maybe you should tell all of them that you should quit together. You could also sell that account on ebay or something like that,but dont sell it to people you know.
   
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Re: World of Warcraft - January 31st 2011, 07:24 PM

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Maybe you should tell all of them that you should quit together. You could also sell that account on ebay or something like that,but dont sell it to people you know.
If all of your friends feel like they have an addiction to the game, and it's bothering them, I think that this is a good idea.

A similar-like type of thing happened to me during high school, and it affected my grades and social relationships. I would come home from school and have the mentality, with thoughts like "How much can I level up today?", "I wonder what's going to happen with the new updates?" those kind of things. With games like WoW, if you want to be really good, they do seem to take over your life at times (at least in my experiences). It's good though that you are realizing it and that you have other priorities or things that you want to pursue. The one thing I can think back that I should have done, and that may help you is to limit the amount of time you stay home if possible and/or get involved in other activities. The less time that you're home (whether you're at a friend's place, at the library, or at school), the less opportunity that you'll have to play. I still get super distracted with things while I'm at home, and I find it better to do my work at school or at a library. As far as other activities go, they take up more of the possible time you have to play, and perhaps you may find something else you will really enjoy. You may happen to meet new people too, which will help steer you away from talking with people when you know a conversation is bound to lead into WoW.

Hope this helps~!
   
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Re: World of Warcraft - February 5th 2011, 10:31 AM

Try Rift Planes of Telara. 30mins playing took me from a server ranked raiding guild master to cancelling my subscription.

It is everything I, as a vanilla wow player, want from an MMO. So I decided to quit. I distributed the items in the guild bank, the gold, and then announced that we would not be doing another raid. It was so easy.

Try Rift, it'll make you look at wow in a whole new light.


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