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Whether you buy into the idea that someone can truly be addicted to a video game or not, I think we can all agree that some people get so obsessed with some games -- especially MMOs like World of Warcraft -- that their lives are negatively affected. Anthony Rosner is one such person.
In a short documentary entitled "IRL," Rosner takes a lighthearted look at how much of his life he spent on this game, the problems it caused for him, and what changed when he stopped playing. You can watch the full seven-and-a-half minute feature below. Even if you're a current happy WoW subscriber like myself, I think it's well worth taking a look.
I played WOW for a few years. It hurt my wallet more then my life.
This was an amazing story. Thank you for sharing it, Phil.
Although I am really happy that I quit WoW and seen how much wasted time I put into it, it was fun while it lasted. I might play other MMOs some other times too, but I control myself to not get too obsessed with it. As long as you know that you can stop playing whenever you want and limit yourself I see no harm in it...but you have to be really persistent and strong (mentally) to do that and sadly I'm not that strong so I quit.
I was a WoW addict once, played since the days of lvl 60 in 2006. Then After the summer of 2009, I quit WoW and swore a blood oath to myself to never play an MMORPG again. God bless that man, for he is strong.
I was sucked into a WoW for about three years. I never had problems with friends because it was my real life friends playing with me. But it did strain my relationship with my now ex GF. I quit WoW before we broke up, so it wasn't the game (we stayed together for over a year after I quit). Its fun, but it does become something like a second job after a while.
I can honestly say I have been addicted to a few games (non of which were MMOs), though no where near as long as he had. I mean, a few weeks or so. Though I was kinda like he was. Not really socializing, and just putting off important things like school and friends. Thankfully, it hasn't really happened for a few years, an I don't plan on it happening again. I try not to get addicted to a game. A few reasons being that it is really unhealthy, and it also wears down on the game's replay value.
Also, congrats to Anthony for beating his addiction.
I stopped playing a while ago, since it became very dull, but I found when I stopped raiding years ago and switched to PvP I enjoyed the game more.
I ended up doing more things with friends like arena, old raids, etc.
It became less of an addiction and more of a hobby.
Right now, the only thing I do is play games.
Use to be a 5+ year vet back in WoW I was a on and off type of player, but whenever I would play I would totally ignore reality and life around me, during last summer I was an average Player/Role-Player on the server MoonGuard. Loved playing as a Shaman level 85 deck out in some pretty nice epic gear then I had no Idea what happen like somebody or someone slapped me in the face reality, soon after whatever event that happen to myself school grades majorly improved, I bonded back with my older brothers. Life seem to be getting better I soon stopped paying for WoW and headed back to the Xbox 360 where I could Play and enjoy being the gamer lover that I am, but also being able to press that *Pause Button* whenever needed to head back in to reality.
I've never played an MMO before, and after watching this, I'm not sure I'd want to.
Great documentary. Great 7 minutes. I wish the best for the guy.
Never played WoW before, but I know what addiction is, and I know how it can ruin people. Good to see that there's still people out there with a drive to curb their impulses and go on with their life.
Im happy he managed to turn his life around. Recently I have felt alittle the same on a smaller scale.
Before I had my son I could play video games for 8 hours straight. After I had him I took up WoW for about a year but once he was able to walk and stopped spending the whole day sleeping it became a problem. Kinda cant watch a small child if your stuck in an MMO can you? Plus paying for it every month just wasnt worth it for me.
I can't even begin to count my addictions. I'd like to think I handle them well.
I've never played WoW myself (or any MMORPG for that matter) but I find it frightening that so many people who have played it say that it became a drain on their social life and it was a such a good thing to stop playing. It's scary that something I love so much can be such an awful thing in certain instances
damn I know where you're coming from. I put in quite literally 105 irl days into RS (don't laugh) in 2 years before I saw what it was doing to me.