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6-08-2008 @ 8:39AM
Quite honestly, I never have. I've found that I've developed better friendships with people both in and out of the game than I would have if I had tried to keep my playtime "under wraps." I have friends who both love and loathe the game, but they all understand that WoW is my hobby.For the year that I was a closet recluse who dined on only Ramen and Cheez-Its, because I "didn't have the time to make dinner," I was very ashamed of the lack of self-control I was exhibiting by not cutting myself off. But, rearing in the tendencies to want to keep playing and focusing my energies back into real life was an easy transition for me. I've now found the perfect balance between work, WoW and friends. Furthermore, I truly believe that 20 or 30 years down the line, once I'm 52 and accosting children from my porch, WoW memories and WoW friends will be one of my favorite subjects to reminisce about. WoW is a ubiquitous entity, a small but encompassing club of people, who, irregardless of the fact they've never played together, can talk about the same raid, the same class or their most hated combat mechanic. Let's be grateful the Great Nerds of the world never stopped pursuing their favorite hobbies because it wasn't "cool at the time." Without their devotion to what they loved the most, we'd never see PCs, D&D, Vnc's, etc.If your friends make you feel ashamed for any of your hobbies, then maybe you should get better friends, rather than seemingly more conventional habits :D
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