Hello to all,
I am a severe WoW addict. Female 28 yrs married. I have been playing the game since its release in 2005, I have 2 level 70 characters all geared in epics and a few other lower levels which I play when I am bored or when I want to get away from the guild.
Back before the release of the Burning Crusade, in real life I was a team lead with an MNC and was doing I would say pretty good in my career, but I was having a problem with my lack of confidence leading my team and having a game to release tension at night and feeling like I was the best dps-er there was like an outlet from real life issues. It came to a point where instead of thinking of my next career move, I was instead thinking of when I would go home and pvp to get those epics from AB reputations or to raids and which loot I would bid on. At my work, I hated being a lead and having to get people to deliver. Although my managers were saying I was doing a great job, I was always thinking that they were saying that because of the high attrition rate and they could not afford to lose me because I was with the project since its infancy. And that made me resentful towards the tasks I was being handed to work on instead of taking them as a challenge. I wanted to escape from it.
Being from a 12 hr timezone difference from my guild, I would start skipping job feigning sickness to raid during the week. That gave me more fun than having to face the realities of my job. WoW was slowly gaining over me cos I was the better player and even my GM praised me. I was in total control in WoW but not in real life. Finally I couldn't take it anymore when BC was getting nearer. I submitted my resignation and quit my job so that I could concentrate to level to 70. I was the first one in my guild to hit the cap. After that, I became increasingly more involved in the guild helping people to level and to attain the Karazhan attunements since I was the more experienced player.
When my husband and I moved house in May, I even worked out with him so that my PC would be the last piece to leave our old house so that I could continue playing. I even slept in the empty house for a day so that I could raid. To make it short, my life is full of WoW and on maintenance days, I am surfing the WoW forums, finding out new ways to play my character or posting in our guild forums. It has been like 8 to 9 months now that I am jobless and playing this stupid game.
Thing is, my husband disapproves of my gaming, but he does not shut me from his life, we just live our lives. I would help him, cook for him sometimes and we go out shopping on weekends provided it doesn't clash with my raid times. Sometimes he even makes plans so that our outings does not hinder my game time. His acceptance of letting me continute with my game makes me all the more guilty of spending so much time online and I love him to death for doing all this for me.
I am not saying I want to throw away my accounts. Like many WoW addicts, I think that there's just too many hours invested in my characters to warrant deleting or even ebaying them for cash. I love my characters, they're Uber and not only that, they're the names that my online friends relate to. If I delete my character no one will remember me.
So what I would like to do is try not to spend time on the game that much and restrict my gaming time to a few hours a day. To be honest it isn't even funny anymore to stand around in Ironforge for hours doing nothing but trying to outsmart other people in the chat channels. I would also like to find some other interests as well as start applying for a new job. I badly need a new haircut as well.
Do you think that would work, me trying to restrict my gaming hours? I realize as well that I will need to work on my issues at work as well. Also to all WoW Addicts, hang in there I hope u find something worthwhile outside the game to work on. Much love to all, I am glad that I have found a place where people know what I am talking about.