The web is full of posts about how addictive video games are, especially MMORPGs, and especially World of WarCraft. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had ample time to play WoW as much as I’ve wanted, and I did.
I’ve spent roughly 12-16 hours a day playing lately. I finished my push to 70, got some cool new gear, and began saving for my epic flying mount. All the while, I’ve been neglecting the things I told myself I would do once I had the time. I haven’t been going on the daily walks I said I would to lose weight. I haven’t been spending as much time as I should networking (through sites like the fabulous KillTenRats.com *zing!*). And, considering I’m still jobless, I obviously haven’t been spending enough time looking for a job… even though I know that the lack of a job is the biggest risk to my continued enjoyment of WoW.
There’s more, though. I’ve been 70 now for almost 2 weeks. I got my flying mount the night I hit 70. I’ve run most of the regular Outland dungeons. I’ve grinded my rep up to Honored with most factions and now? I’ve hit the point with my main where nearly anything I want to do requires a group. My guild is made up of gamers in their late 20’s and early 30’s, almost all of whom have jobs, so most of time, there’s nobody there to group with… and I detest PUGs. So my choices are to play an alt (and don’t get me wrong, my Draenei Shaman is loads of fun!) or do the things I should be doing.
So here I am! Back to posting, back to job searching, back to exercising. So maybe what I’m trying to say is that I’m not addicted to WoW. I’m addicted to the people I play it with. And that’s not such a bad thing, is it?