I quit EQ over a month ago...thats right I quit
I urge anyone who plays this game to do the same thing. My story is in the "My Stories" section so I wont relate it here.
Everquest, is not only a game, its an addiction. It seems harmless at first, but once you get a taste you get hooked. Its understandably addictive though, and Im not surprised that I became what I did. You see in Everquest you can become someone that only exists in your mind. You can live in a world free of the stresses of real life. I was rich, powerful, and popular on my server. I had tons of friends, I could kill things with 1 spell, I had mules stocked with tons of gear, and I had a bank full of platinum. I was a success, I was a celebrity. I was also mistaken. You see while I lived and prospered in my fantasy world, my real life took a back seat. I ignored my friends and family. I took for granted my wife's patience and understanding. Everquest is only a game, and one day it will end, Remember that when it does end, and it will, who will be there for you? Will your wife or husband still be by your side? Will your friends still remember you? Will your family still respect you?
To this day I get the urge everyday to play. Its a tough feeling to get over. I read about the new UI and the new expansion coming out. I read about my old guilds accomplishements and all of the "ph4t l3wtz" that they get and wonder if I still played whether I would be getting that. I cringe, and I grimace thinking about what I may have given up. I was a level 60 wizard, with my epic and great gear....no I wasn't....I was an addict.
It has been 35 days since I quit playing. I broke my CD's long ago and deleted EQ off my hard drive. I gave the account to someone and made them to swear that they would never ever give me the new password to that station name. It sounds sad and pathetic, but it really isnt. I have started seeing a counselor to help me deal with my marriage and this.
It's funny now to think back to the days when I did play, and how I thought that it would never end. I think it was those very thoughts that made me realize how dangerous this game is.
If you value your marriage, friends and career; I urge anyone who plays this to stop before it gets too late.