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11-28-2009 @ 5:25PM
Personally I downrated you because even though I agree with the gist of what you're saying (that this is not inherently about WoW and that both parties here needed to get some steel in their spines to save the marriage), ignoring that WoW can exacerbate situations like this is naive at best and engaging in the same kind of addiction mentality at worst.I have seen this kind of scenario play out over and over and over again over the span of 15+ years of gaming online in various forms, and I can tell you that while gaming doesn't *create* these problems, if there are existing problems in a relationship, they can be exacerbated by the kind of escapism online gaming encourages. And I sadly have personal experience with that, though cheating did not factor into it (thank Saurfang). If a couple has shitty communication skills and is not spending very much time together, WoW is only going to make that worse IMO, as it did in this case. Some introspection and self-awareness are helpful here.
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