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10-17-2011 @ 8:21PM
Ya know, he could have an addiction, but it frustrates me that so many people are so fast to label this situation as that, in large part because the guy played WoW instead of looking for a job. Maybe most of you haven't lost your jobs, but especially if the guy was the breadwinner, I can tell you that it's an emotional anvil to the head. When my husband lost his job due to layoffs - his coworkers cried when he left, he was not leaving because they wanted him to go - he slept for three days, then played WoW for a solid week. He took a toon from 1 to 80 and raiding (it was Wrath). Does that make him an addict? No, it makes him human. We all hate facing things that are horribly demoralizing, and losing your job is definitely one of those for most people.I'd love people to cut the guy some slack. Did he let his girlfriend down? Definitely. Did he go on to play solid days for weeks after she called him on it? No! He quit, and I can't see why any guy in his position wouldn't be at least a little bitter. He's out of a job, out of a game, has a good girl who's upset with him, and he's probably very disappointed in himself about all those things. Besides, he did the right thing to drop the game, who's giving him credit for that? And it's not like he's writing in saying "Oh noez, I started playing again and she's mad!" He's asking how to step back into something he enjoys and make it a positive experience for him and his partner. What is so wrong with this? I just can't see it.IMO: Kudos guy. You don't need a shrink, you need a hug. If you have as great a girlfriend as it sounds like, I wish you the best. WoW memories can be fun. Know where your line is and do not cross it. Now that you see what you did, know it's wrong, and don't want to go there again, do the right things. Be accountable to her for your time. If you can't do those things, quit again. I'm glad to see you did it once, and I hope that you do a better balancing act this time around.
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