EDIT; just discovered this thread today in an OLGA forum which is the story of an 'outside the box' solution to encourage an 18 yr old to quit WOW
As I mentioned last week, things have been going OK for me and Josh, we are closing in on one year WoW-free, but my other best mate Jesse is still addicted and his Mum has said when he turns 18 in a few weeks she will kick him out if he doesn't quit. When we were younger it was Josh, Jesse and James, the three J's, best mates who did everything together. Now it's the two J's, with Jesse a mindless zombie who sleeps through class and spends every spare second gaming.
But despite the number of times he has neglected us because he has to raid, Josh and I have decided it is our number one priority to get him to quit. Our first step was to plead with his Mum to give us more time. That failed, she is as stubborn as him and should probably be renamed "Mrs My Case". I mean, everything you talk to her about becomes an opportunity for her to rabbit on about how much she knows and then she always ends up say "but in my case .... blah blah blah". For instance Josh's Mum and my Mum are bad parents because their sons were addicted to WoW... but in her case it was a learning experience that made her better equipped to advise other parents on how to raise kids. When I suggested she start eating dinner at the table instead of shoving a reheated pizza in front of her son (who took it straight to the computer), she was saying "oh yes James, I always advise families on the importance of sharing meals... but in my case I am too busy saving peoples lives."
*sigh* she is just so vain and self-absorbed and stubborn, we couldn't get through to her.
So we have about three weeks to get him to quit.
First day was a failure. We went over there to hang out, telling him we wouldn't try stop him raid. Instead we put on a video that I bought over, it is a sort of weird Chinese film with these cute girls doing karate against some ancient Chinese god. No way is pornographic but it is pretty hilarious, they take their clothes off when fighting bandits and stuff. I thought Jesse (who has never even kissed a girl) might be interested, but he just ignored it.
Next day was pretty good, we researched his toon, found his guild, found out whet time they raided (4.30 pm ST). Josh and I took our laptops over there and at 4.35pm when Jesse was joining the raid group, we waited until he was comfortable in his room. Then click-click we opened our laptops, started downloading patch updates for Windows, using Jesse's internets WiFi. Now, as any WoW player knows, while you can play on a slow connection, healing in a raid is impossible. By the time the tank needs a heal and his health bar gets to your computer, he is dead. It just won't work.
5 minutes later we hear Jesse yell into his mike "I'm (bleep)'ing lagging", he storms into the lounge room where we are and asks what we are doing. "Nothing" we reply innocently. Then he rings up his ISP and complains, well tries to, he is put on hold, i heard him yell into his WoW microphone "wait, talking to Telstra". A minute or two later he comes, his face like fury "I've lost my raid slot" he complains. We ask if he wants to hang out with us at the park, he says no, actually he wasn't feeling well and he went to bed.
So he slept for a few hours instead of gaming. That's a small victory but still pretty good. On saturday his guild raids at 11, 2 and 5. So we rang him up each time hoping to keep him busy, just after our raid started. It didn't work, his just said "Got to go" and hung up. Josh and I are going to go over again this evening and clog up his internet to stop him raiding.
We will see how that goes. I will keep you all posted.