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6-08-2008 @ 10:16AM
Well, that was one of the most unbalanced articles I've ever read, gg Boston.com. Though he wasn't saying every single person is a raging addict, there was no indication that the majority of the MMO playing population is actually pretty normal, geeky tendencies aside.As for me - I am definitely not ashamed of playing WoW, although I occasionally am a little embarassed after I have a really long session. Sort of a 'wow where did THAT whole Saturday go?' I don't -want- to be ashamed of it, but I definitely don't tell people how much I play because I know they would be very judgmental and not make the connection that they probably have an equal amount of idle time between watching TV and surfing Myspace or whatever they choose to do.I don't really worry about it. I have a decent social life, go to college, work out every day, and have lots of stuff I'm into outside of WoW. And I am always going to choose getting out of the house to hang out with friends and family over playing WoW. It's just that given a day off of school/work with no other obligations? Hell's yeah I'm going to play a marathon session of WoW. And I am able to dial it back if I do feel like I'm playing too much. I take time off until I feel balanced again.It does bother me that nerdy pasttimes such as this are somehow way less acceptable than way more destructive activities, like drinking all day and being trashed every weekend. An old coworker of mine used to start drinking at noon on Saturdays and spend the entire day getting wasted. So that is cool, but if I got up and played Alterac Valley (AV WEEKEND WOOO) all day long, that would be somehow way more shameful. tl;dr - I think because of the public view of MMOs, I do feel embarassed about my playtime, but I know that it isn't an actual problem for me.
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