This is a post from my blog at this website (Warning, the extremely conservative and/or religious will be very disgusted with it). I find this blog very important, so I'm posting it on NG as well.
I also bought stickers from the NG store today and I'm officially the owner of some bragging rights. Suck on that! Here's the article.
Title: "I'm Done With WoW"
No, this isn't complaining about my account being hacked as some of you (probably like 2 of you) read about a month ago. But it might be some of the reason, it might have open my eyes a bit and made me realize that this game is sending me into a downward spiral. (THX HACKERS!!! LULZ)
On the a website forum I frequently post, there are some people posting on how they just recently got World of Warcraft for Christmas, and bragging about it, etc.
What they don't know is this: they are about to totally destroy their own lives.
WoW is an immensely incredible game. It's a perfect MMORPG. It's so perfect, that people would rather live in it's world rather than live in the real one. I know this, because I felt that way sometimes. Still, the game hasn't had that horrible of a toll on me as it has compared to some, although I have had a few instances where I would play it from anywhere from 40 to 60 hours a week, and lock myself in in my room all day and play away. The game has compromised my life and how I live it. I find myself planning some things around it. It was sometimes a major factor in my decisions.
Well, no more. I'm calling it quits. I'm not quitting cold turkey to be honest, it's actually been a growing feeling I've had within the past couple of weeks, and it's the feeling that I no longer have the desire to play this game. It's not because the new expansion pack is bad, it's actually really great. The story is compelling and masterful. I just don't much care for it anymore.
I had a moment of pure bliss this evening, a feeling I hadn't had for a while. It was a sense of freedom from the game, the feeling of no more commitments to it, no more stupid raids or dungeons, no more quests, just NO MORE. No more of the same shit over and over and over. Besides, it's time to move on with my life and focus on my college degree, and a job that I can keep (even though I'll probably be looking for one for a month or so), and most important of all: get out more. I'll admit that my account being hacked did have some influence on this decision. My experience with the game is somehow tainted because of it, but instead of remove the tainted feelings (which I can do easily), I'm going to let them stay so it can help me leave the game.
This should be a rare occurrence: World of Warcraft is 5 star entertainment, however, I wouldn't recommend it to ANYONE. This game destroys lives. It turns a skinny boy into a fat slob (maybe I'm a prime example). It turns the most socially outgoing people into agoraphobes.
If you have plans on ever starting to play this game, do yourself and me a favor, stay as far away from it as you can. If you know someone who is crazy addicted to it, you need to do what you can to stop them from digging their hole even deeper. I'm not saying that you should pull a "Jena Malone" and sleep with the gay man to make him straight (That's what her character did in "Saved!"), but I'm saying you know, invite him or her to come hang out, invite them to do stuff. Make them realize that life outside the game is better than life inside the game.
If you are addicted to the game and reading this, then have hope, because the truth is you can have a life again, and you can be happy being outside the World of Warcraft. Life IS much better outside the World of Warcraft.
Even though I've been able to quit it on my own, I'm still going to go back into therapy, so I can manage my depression and anxiety. World of Warcraft probably made it worse, to be honest. I hate admitting that, I really do, but as I've clearly pointed out, this game has an unbelievable effect on people. It can turn great people into lowlifes.
It's better to live without it.