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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.
That was well-made, and I'm glad this guy found positive outlets for his energy, but I worry that this film will only perpetuate the stigma associated with playing MMOs.
Anyone who finds themselves waking up early to play an MMO only to log off late at night definitely has a problem, but these people are quite rare as far as I can tell. You can be a leader of a successful guild, earn the highest player versus player honors, or what have you in an MMO, and still have a successful, productive real life.
Not a minute goes by in which I don't think about gaming. I have an addiction, but I also plan on making a career based on it so I don't feel as bad. I've also never been so addicted to a single game. Stories like these really do make me fear MMO's, not necessarily the concept, but of how I know I'd react.
Wow, just... Wow.
and thats why I'll never play wow. I know it is too much game for me to handle.
I have now played this game for just over a week, and I can tell you that it is the most addicting thing that I have ever seen. I had to devote half of my weekend to getting caught up in my classes after I realized how bad things had become. I was literally playing it in all of my spare time. No focus to any of my classes, just sitting and playing. Sometimes I found that I had done about nothing in the few hours that I had played it. This made me depressed, because of the added stress of the homework that I had accumulated, but it also made me want more, oddly enough. Maybe if i play for a few more hours i could collect ... and level my profession, or just level. This was the mindset that I had accumulated. In the end I decided to get out early and focus again on my college classes before it was too late, and try to moderate my playtime to around an hour a day if nothing is too urgent.
Meh. A lot of people in the military play this game. I've been playing games for 23 years (started when I was 3 yrs old.), and I have NO inclination to play this game. Not sure why, but it just looks boring to me. Plus, I have a thing called a life. Video games are a part of me, but I got to live my life.
Oh man, that was so much better than expected. The man put his soul into that video. Much appreciated for sharing this with the gaming community. Thanks Anthony Rosner! Keep it up going!!
There was a point where I was playing WoW 16 hours a day on weekends and 8 when I had work/school but it actually never got to the point where it ruined my life. I didn't have much of a social life at first but as I met more people IRL who played WoW and so we socialized through WoW when we all went to different universities. Then I stopped playing for a rather long while and heard from people less and less, yet once I returned to WoW I was spending way more time with every IRL and in WoW.
How backwards is that?
Is that Acarno?
I'm very glad there are no MMOs that appeal to me because I am exactly the type of person that would get addicted to it.
Thankfully I am a much more story centric gamer, and so far the only MMO that has anything resembling a quality story is SW:TOR and it isn't free to play.
Also, that was an excellent video, I really enjoyed it. It was very well edited and Rosner sounds like an very good person. I was impressed that he never blamed the game for the addiction.
Personally when WoW was released, I got so hooked that it more or less cost me the education I attending at that time...
Luckily I since realised what the root cause behind my drop-out was, and reduced my playtime drastically..
I still play, but not anywhere near the amount I did back then, and are now entering the final semester of my Masters :)
summary: Former WoW player got tired of WoW.
and he's a eurofag.
I played wow everyday for about an hour after work for a few weeks and said screw this and bought a 360.
Very insightful video! I've played WoW consistently for about 5 years up until recently. I never really considered myself hardcore, but I did have a strong community of friends that gave me a reason to keep playing. Eventually as many people went their separate ways, I grew tired of the game and my consistent playing turned into off and on playing. Now I play every now and then. I let my account go frozen from time to time if I find I'm not interested in playing at the moment, and I'll go ahead and get a game card if I feel like playing. I kind of just play it like any other game now.
It's eerie that he made a high quality mini-documentary that was interesting well thought out and coherent with a few people and probably little if any money. This is the future that we will be living in, just look at GI they produce a show every saturday that is funny, brilliant, low budget, and has a strong following. Yet they don't advertise nor do they promote it they just rely on good old branding and word of mouth.
I played WoW on and off for a few years. Stopped playing. Cataclysm came out. People wanted me back in. I decided to come back. Paid about 85 dollars to get Cata, renew sub, and transfer server. Gained 2 levels, then stopped...
Playing WoW hasnt necessarily ruined my life. I had 2 relationships during that time, I was still active in working out and hanging out... Sometimes... lol