Enh, I'm just worried about my boyfriend and one of my other friends. I'm probably being irrational though.
If "other friend" is me, you don't have to worry about me. I've never given up an in-person social event to play WoW and I never intend to.
Yeah, I was thinking of you, but I know I was over-reacting (the way I do) and that film got me freaked is all. I wasn't about to pull an intervention on you or anything. ;)
Good to know you still get out once in a while. *squidge*
I have an addictive personality. I find myself way too easily addicted to things. No, not hard drugs. But Pepsi for example (which I recently gave up).
For this reason I avoid World of Warcraft and it's ilk like the plague. My ex-housemate was and to my knowledge, she still is, seriously addicted to the game. To the point that besides her studies, that is all she ever does, is play.
Other friends who are WoWers (as they call themselves) are a little better managing their time between the game and the real world.
I think it's main attraction is that it is a great form of escapism. I could go further to explain this, but I don't wish this comment to become an essay.
Yeah, and like, I've tried it, and don't find it that intriguing, but I play a different (albeit free) mmorpg called Maple Story, but I get into it in phases, kinda like everything else I do. I tend to "binge" on stuff, even exercise, and then fall out of it for a while.
I'm mostly just trying to balance out (in my head) how much is reasonably enough time to let him play without my feeling neglected/rejected.
Some people are definitely better at managing their time on it than others. I'm not so good, which is why I'll probably stop buying timecards for it if I get back to school. Too risky.
Honestly though, I'd be more concerned about the reason behind the addiction than about the game itself, if it's a bad addiction. While addictive, WoW is not a drug that creates a chemical dependancy, like actual crack. What it is is an escape from an otherwise dull or unhappy life.
it is interesting because you would think that substance abuse would be harder to overcome...getting off the crack, getting the nicotine out of your system...but really it is the same thing, they all increase certain brain activity and endorphin rushes...
but just like in everything else, there are users and then their are abusers (addicts)...i know people who smoked everyday for years and were able to give it up cold turkey without a backwards glance...no withdrawal...nothing...but i also know people who are hooked after one puff...the brain is a funny thing..
I don't think you have to worry too much about him. He's even had raids before with his guild that he's opted out of because he couldn't be bothered and if he was truly addicted you'd never get him off of it. Much like with many other things it all depends on the person and not necessarily the thing they are addicted to.
i thought this movie did a fairly good job of showing both the good and bad effects this game has on users lives...
it is addictive, like the chick said, they are designed to get you to stay in game once you are in...there are actual addiction centers for gamers in asia somewhere...(not like the lady in the video, who seemed a little cookoo.)
i have seen many different people from different walks of life get addicted to mmorpgs...some worse than others..i had a relationship fail (mostly) due to EverCrack....the whole idea of "gamer widows" is actually an apt term for something that has been going on for a long time.
i do think one of the awesome things about the internet in general is the ability to meet ppl you would have never met otherwise...and it opens up worlds to people who aren't able to leave their houses for whatever reason...or like the guy who couldn't talk...
but i also know that there are children in my life whose parents play wow together, so much that it is a determinant to those kids...
and i actually play wow...i was fairly into it for awhile...not like i was into FFXI years back...but it is hard to not associate the game with negative things now...i played for like an hour today...maybe two..for the first time in months...i am actually thinking of canceling my account..i don't play enough to justify the expense..
hrm...speaking of essay comments...
Edited at 2009-08-11 08:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was a well-rounded movie as far as perspectives go.
I agree with you about the internet being a great place to meet people. ie. all of my wonderful LJ friends! And I probably do have a bit more of an online social life than a real-world one, but I mark that down to my social anxiety. It's a lot easier to be yourself behind a keyboard when you don't have all the other anxieties of social interaction to worry about.
I did like the statistics they included in the film.
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