How to Stop Playing World of Warcraft Too Much

How to Stop Playing World of Warcraft Too Much

My time playing World of Warcraft was both the happiest and worst of my life.

Although it was the most fun Ive ever had, I also developed a World of Warcraft addiction, and my life gradually fell apart around me.

With the release of WoW Classic, I was moved to share my experience in the hope that it would help anyone else who is going through a difficult time.

My Dependence on World of Warcraft

When I turned 18, I first logged into World of Warcraft. Id been playing video games for a while, primarily StarCraft and CounterStrike. I didnt really enjoy the game at first, but that quickly changed.

My life was a shambles at the moment. After living with my girlfriend for a few months after dropping out of high school, we broke up, and I moved back in with my parents. I quit my work and found myself with nothing to do but play video games in my free time.

WoW was like receiving a gift from above.

I stopped being concerned about getting depressed. I acquired new abilities, found new acquaintances, and gave myself a fresh identity. I had a character in World of Warcraft. I was regarded, appreciated, and continually felt like I was making progress and achieving goals.

The fact that I knew what I had to accomplish in the game when I got up every morning stood in stark contrast to the real world, where I had experienced bullying, rejection, and a general sense of non-belonging.

I discovered a new home in WoW.

I recall Leroy Jenkins ganking guilds for hours in an effort to raid Gruul. I still recall the countless hours of grinding it took to obtain my flying mount. I had been grinding for a few days without stopping when a friend decided to give me the cash. It was one of my most joyful experiences and a deed of generosity that Ill never forget.

I may have achieved level 60 a month or so before Burning Crusade came out, and I will always remember the first time I went off to explore a brand-new planet. That was similar to stepping off an aeroplane and finding yourself alone on Mars.

I recall a raid on Karazhan where we vanquished Prince Malchezaar. That was a period when I was able to use a lot of the leadership skills I developed while playing hockey.

A top ten guild in the globe eventually hired me when they were in need of a new Hunter. I was quite thrilled about the chance.

I tried to save my relationship that same weekend by travelling for 15 hours on a bus, but it didnt work out. My father picked me up and drove home securely through the night.