Me: single mother of 3 full time college student.
I play everquest. Been playing roughly 3 years. I enjoy playing and have developed a community of everquest "friends" at whom most of I have had the opportunity of socializing out of game with. I play just about everyday for aprox 2 hours. My highest character is 65 and in my 3 years have played 3 characters to above 50.
I am in a guild that is very low demand. We dont raid and just kinda have a social bond. I am also in a RPguild that i enjoy alot there again is low demand.
My day consists of taking kids to school going to school various extra activities swimming lessons dance lessons ect. I spend alot of time with my kids during the afternoons and until bedtime. I have no outside nightlife because I am a single mother and do not trust people to care for my children. It is hard tofind a worthy babysitter.
Once bedtime story is told and lights are out it is my time. I immediately go online and check the webpages to see if anything fun is going on for the evening. After about half hour of surfing i log into EQ.
I am very pleased with the latest expansion cause I actually get to group regularly now. before since i only had 2 to 3 hours grouping was difficult.
I chat with my friends and explore quest raid or whatever i decide and promptly at 12am I say farewells. Whether im tired or not. I often log on with an everquest friend on yahooIM after i play and chat about RL and such. EQ is hard to REALLY talk about RL cause you get interrupted with gaming issues. So we log off to talk important stuff.
My mother thinks im crazy for playing. She reads al these articles about it and thinks i should seek some help.
There have been times in mylife where gaming just wasnt going to fit in my schedule. So i post my leave and dont come back for a few months. Mostly this happens when i am working second shift. I do not spend daylight hours playing comp games cause i would much rather be with my kids. When I am on leave from playing I generally dont think much about EQ until i chat with friends fromthe game outside the game when they mention it to me. But i dont gothru withdrawls and i dont increase myplaytime or dream about eq.
So now what do you think? I have taking the screenings and such and havent come up with an adiction from my analysis. So now i want to hear if you do and why?