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Unread 11-25-2009, 09:12 AM
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WoW definitely feeds into the addictive traits.

I have wasted some time in wow, although that time is greatly reduced compared to the past. I used to raid several nights a week, back in BC I had 5 raid worthy chars even.

This last spring/summer I didnt play at all, my timecards ran out, even lost all the millions of pixels I had sitting in the mail system. haha

Blizz did a very good job of figuring out how to cater to the addictive types. Nearly constant updates, seemingly always something to grind for/try to acquire. I imagine to top out in the game and get everything someone would have to spend 40+ hours a week for many months on end. I know back in the old days in the pvp system some guys were putting down 100 hours a week to get that rank 14 title. I had a friend who resorted to account sharing to get up in rank.
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Unread 11-25-2009, 04:34 PM
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I wowed to burn off time and distract myself during diets. And to pay off my supplements. Just get a char to cap and sell. =P
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Unread 11-25-2009, 05:10 PM
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The above is all why I steadfastly refused to ever get involved in online RPG type stuff. I actually trained a guy who worked at Origin when ULtimate Online first came out and I recall the early horror stories of peope losing jobs, friends, families over that.

I have too much of an obsessive personality to ever even get exposed to that sort to thing. Because if I were to enjoy it, you'll never hear from me again.

The only winning move for me was not to play.
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Unread 11-25-2009, 05:27 PM
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Actually WoW was extremely helpful for me, at least when dieting.

It's stupidly addictive and time-consuming, so you could go for hours without even thinking about food. Beats the hell out of EC for appetite suppressing. It's the main reason I'm seriously considering playing WoW again. Dieting when you have too much free time is a freaking nightmare.
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Unread 11-26-2009, 04:26 AM
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Actually WoW was extremely helpful for me, at least when dieting.

It's stupidly addictive and time-consuming, so you could go for hours without even thinking about food. Beats the hell out of EC for appetite suppressing. It's the main reason I'm seriously considering playing WoW again. Dieting when you have too much free time is a freaking nightmare.
This is actually one of the many reasons I love music. Give me a guitar, a metronome and a book of scales and chords and I can easily zone out for 10 hours.

I've so far managed to avoid WoW cause I know what I'm like - it would end up impacting too much on my guitar practice time, which is limited to 2 hrs per day at the moment anyway due to a myriad other life commitments.
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Unread 11-26-2009, 07:36 AM
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Games like WoW really show to me that most everyone have some form of addictive personality, be it either drugs, drink, sex, games, ... The real key is people recognizing that and either finding out how to function with it or avoiding it to retain function.

Back when I played wow more often, I came across all sorts of people who when they would start talking about their lives I would cringe. People who were living way below their potential because they spent every waking hour playing the game, or kids whose parents would have to shut off the game to get them to do homework. It's of course not everyone who plays, just was surprising to see so many people who were addicted to the point of messing up their lives.
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Unread 11-26-2009, 08:01 AM
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I definitely have a slight superiority complex over these people in that I didn't get the grade I should have at uni due to drink and drug abuse rather than WoW.
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Unread 11-26-2009, 05:47 PM
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Hmmm. Thing is, I don't actually get addicted to games. I have strong sensitivity to Utility in the sense of economics where you enjoy consumption (happiness derived).


So once i feel bored at the slightest it just goes downhill very fast. And when you think rationally (as apposed to being addicted), you can just push the mouse and keyboard back and get to studying or work. Then again not all people are rational haha. And for Wow i used it to burn off time and make money selling it to my peer's little brothers
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Unread 11-29-2009, 11:51 PM
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Hmmm. Thing is, I don't actually get addicted to games. I have strong sensitivity to Utility in the sense of economics where you enjoy consumption (happiness derived).


So once i feel bored at the slightest it just goes downhill very fast. And when you think rationally (as apposed to being addicted), you can just push the mouse and keyboard back and get to studying or work. Then again not all people are rational haha. And for Wow i used it to burn off time and make money selling it to my peer's little brothers
I guess I was addicted, but I wouldn't say I had a problem. Kept my grades up and maintained a healthy social life. Weight gain had less to do with that and more to do with an anti-anxiety medicine I was taking at the time. I haven't played WoW in almost a year now, don't really miss it; honestly, the camaraderie was more appealing to me than any other aspect of the game, and friends stopped playing it when they graduated, so I got bored and quit.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 07:10 AM
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Ah all that yelling between all the guys on the raid team... and you going *sigh*.

You know there are cases of people thinking they are actually in the game. and they had to go to rehab because when you tell them to sleep they just typed in commands in the game... and when you try to get them to eat; they just eat items in the game. =/

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