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Posted on: Thu, 07/07/2011 - 10:51pm

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Hello, my name is Anthony and I'm powerless to WoW. I started at a young age playing Rpg's like Kingdom of Hearts, and others. I would often choose to stay inside instead of outside. It spiraled downward over the years.

 

When my Stepdad moved in, he warned me not to play World of Warcraft, because it would be addictting. A couple months later I saw the banner for a free trial, and I thought "why not?" So i get in there, make my new character, and start killing things.

 

I was hooked. I called my stepdad up a couple hours later, and asked to subscribe, he allowed me.

 

From there it has been downhill, I still go to the gym 4-5 times a week, but it seems like whenever I'm not playing WoW, I'm thinking about playing. All throughout the day I would think about getting off of work, or getting done with hanging out with my Family, to think about what I was going to do in WoW that night.

I recognize now that it's not worth it, but the lure of virtual success triggers something in my brain, to get in there and play it, only for fifteen minutes. Then I look at the clock and decide another fifteen minutes.

It got worse during school, like I read earlier in this thread, that we had a crucial moments to pick the right thing, or to game. I would get home, and play videogames instead of doing my homework, or put my chores off until the last minute so I could play WoW longer. It gets down to the point where my whole life revolves around a video game. Playing 8 or more hours each day just to get that new piece of loot that will be irrelevant in a year, and I won't even remember. I'm sick of losing sleep, ignoring family, and staying inside on nice days.

 

One thing that really hit me in this thread was playing the game, even though I didn't want to. Today was the day I quit, and before that I found myself creating alts just for the sake of not wanting to play on my main character. I was bored with them, but something in my head told me to keep playing.

 

I find it funny that earlier this week I was telling my parents not to bother me three nights a week for three hours because I had to attend a raid.....Really?

I see now that I am powerless to this game, and I know unless I make changes, this game will ruin my life. I'm not sure how this works, but I would greatly appreciate it if I was able to have a sponser, or someone to talk to on a daily basis, I don't want this to be a one day thing.

Please help :)

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Posted on: Fri, 07/08/2011 - 1:03am

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Hi Anthony.

I am living on my own. This is great in many ways, but when wanting to quit gaming this can really suck. There are very few things holding me back, no girlfriend to bug me, no parents that are irritated with me. When quiting there will be moments that your resolve is less strong, and it is in these moments that having some extra barriers is very helpful in staying clear.

You are still living at home? What about... probably you wont like this idea :-) ... asking your parents for help? That probably is a big step, and difficult step, but it sure could help a lot. What do you think? Bad idea? Good idea?

Anyway, a warm welcome to Olga. Post read here, a lot of nice people here that want to help, and that want to quit also (like me).

Johnny.

"I want to see people and I want to see life."

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Posted on: Fri, 07/08/2011 - 6:13am

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Thanks Steele, thanks :)

 

And you know what, I think your right. Ironically my stepdad is in another "help group" but it's not for gaming.

I think this morning I'm going to ask my mother for some help, and try to explain to her that this is serious. Family seems like something I should be leaning towards right now.

 

Thanks :)

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Posted on: Fri, 07/08/2011 - 3:55pm

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I tried today and talked to my parents about it, and to refuse me if I ask to sign up again. I let them know I'm going to need some help sometimes and asked them if they can help me by keeping me occupied(Bike rides, books, etc.)

 

My stepdad gave me a book today and I already read over fifty pages :). It seems that reading was another one of the activities I dropped when I started gaming.

My color is White.  I value law, order, community and light.  I love to protect the social order and the rule of law.  At my best, I am just and protective.  At my worst, I am authoritarian and dogmatic.  My symbol is a sunburst.  My enemies are black and red.

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