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2-02-2012 @ 9:19AM
Gotta say... not a fan. The director comes off more as just socially-avoidant in general than "OMG I'm addicted to WARCRAFT!!!" It's great that in the end he became more of a social butterfly but it seems he's blaming a video game rather than recognizing his own issues.There is also this implication that he was overweight because of World of Warcraft, couldn't attend University properly because of World of Warcraft, and was single because of World of Warcraft.I've left and returned to WoW twice in the course of the game (and am currently playing). I regularly attend guild raids and to a degree help manage my guild. I am also in a committed relationship (for 6 years now), own a home, have a job, etc. It's called time-management. It's an aspect of growing up.To me "WoW Addiction" is no more valid an excuse than those that claim it was McDonald's that made you fat. It wasn't; it was your choice to eat McDonald's every day.
2-02-2012 @ 9:28AM
I agree with OP - I'm also in a situation where I spent a lot of time steeped in WoW, but but I've grown up a lot since then, I still play, though more moderately. Because, well, I grew up. I don't have to quit entirely to be able to manage my time. (Though I would imagine that some folks with addictions absolutely do need to quit entirely.)I too have a job, marriage, children, and other obligations. WoW is what I do for me, because I enjoy it, as opposed to the rest of my time, which is spent doing things for everyone else. I have other hobbies, but they are creative in nature and take a certain energy that is often depleted by the other parts of my life. WoW is where I go for true down-time. Moderately, by the way, means I'm down from 35+ hours a week to about half that.
2-02-2012 @ 9:34AM
I've downvoted you, simply because you did not even try to recognize his position and started flaming outright.People are not like you. I am not like you. And people are also not like me.Choices are addictive. It is not simple to get rid of something once you're accustomed to use it everyday.
2-02-2012 @ 9:35AM
Agreed, it's the same as a bad craftsman blames his tools; an addict in denial blames his addiction. It's not the activity / addiction that's the problem, it's the person who lets it become the overwhelming force in their life. Sure, it's easy to get addict to gaming such as WoW but WoW and other MMO's aren't bad, it's the people who decided that WoW > Real life.It's good that the in the end he "got better" but still, WoW isn't some disease that once you start, OMG BYE BYE SOCIAL LIFE which has to be "cured" by removing it, which is kind of what the movie depicted.As WoW's loading screen tip says: Take all things in moderation; even World of Warcraft!Words of wisdom from the all-knowing loading screen tips.
2-02-2012 @ 9:55AM
Agreed. I've said it time and again: people who get addicted to a game could have been addicted to anything else. It's something about the person, not about the game. I've been playing since 2006, been in raiding guilds, casual guilds, have 10 alts an log in daily. But I also have a work from 8am to 6pm, a 4 year relationship with my girlfriend, many IRL friends to hang out, and I don't log to the game if I don't feel like it. Even if I have raid or whatever. When I have a problem I don't go to the game, or drink or take drugs. I simply suck it up and move on.It is true that many peolpe isn't like me, and everyone handles their issues differently. But it is also true that blaming a game for your problems is like trying to hide the sun with your finger.
2-02-2012 @ 10:12AM
It appears to me that you have been very lucky whilst Anthony has not been. The "socially avoidant" problem was something he encountered at sixth form and he has now turned around. How many DJs do you know who are anti-social? I know from personal experience that Warcraft provides a "safe haven" when RL is kicking your behind. It can also give you the self-confidence and self-awareness to realise that you're stuck in a rut and give you the strength to get out of it. Bravo to you for managing your time so well, but a bigger Bravo to Anthony for having the strength of character to recognise his situation and the courage to change it.
2-02-2012 @ 10:37AM
@DemeternothYou misunderstand. I am not saying he did not HAVE an issue. I am saying that World of Warcraft WAS NOT IT. It was his escape or if you prefer a medical comparison a symptom rather than a true diagnosis. It's great that he's at a place in life now where he's able to enjoy a social life. That doesn't mean World of Warcraft was the root of the issue, that World of Warcraft was the cause of his weight gain, or why he didn't have a love life, or anything else.His documentary comes off as blaming a symptom; and that is where my issue with it is. As I said before; it's akin to a parent blaming McDonald's for her child's obesity. It's always easier to throw the blame on someone or something than realize the problem is internal.
2-02-2012 @ 11:20AM
@rob, I think you're missing the point. Yeah overall the user is the reason for any addiction. I'm an alcoholic, if I drink it will cause me issues but those issues arise when I drink alcohol. Not when I drink tea. His issues become a problem when he plays WoW.
2-02-2012 @ 12:29PM
@Rob1.) Read last paragraph. Slowly. Come back when finished.2.) TL;DR last paragraph - he DOESN'T blame the game - just like I don't after getting over my problems with the game. See, when I first read your comments, I thought you were completely and utterly cruel and ignorant. I then took a little time to get over the initial emotion and feeling of personal attack (/nerdrage), and I realized you had a point. Anything that brings up the fact that WoW has "ruined" lives ends up implying that the author/creator/person blames the game. I've seen it, and I've raged against it. But when I realized WoW was a problem for me, I quickly realized I raged against it because I didn't want to admit my own problems.(NOTE: This is not implying you or any others who have an opinion against the director have a problem with the game, as you state that you have time management, love life, job, etc.) He found out that WoW was a problem for him, and he's been able to move on from it. I'm still working on it. But "WoW addictions" are legitimate. Just like any other addictions. Just because there is no drug component doesn't mean our brain chemistry works in a way to facilitate it. WoW filled a void created by said problem - therefore it caused the continuation of said problem. McDonald's doesn't make people fat, but the food and desire for it cause people to come back (and McDonalds wasn't going to turn away more money). Does that mean McDonalds is the Devil Incarnate? No. Does this make WoW the Anti-Christ? No. Should we riot against these companies and tear them down? No. Should we try to help one another as we deal with the brain chemistry imbalances of our minds, which is something scientists are still trying to figure out? Yes. In your first post, you say "Its time management - its an aspect of growing up." Do you also tell people who are clinically depressed (which is different from being simply depressed/sad) to just "get over it - its an aspect of growing up"? No. You can't "will away" depression. It takes time, patience, therapy, and general understanding that you may not get over it (also admittance of a problem from the patient). Its a chronic illness like any other. And that line of thinking that you said was a reason why I STAYED depressed - telling myself its just a time management thing - I just need to grow up. For you - it worked. I'm happy that you are successful and happy. For others, like myself, - they need a bit more help. However, when was it "easy" for a normal person to admit their own problems, go to a therapist, and get the help they need? With attitudes implied by your statement, very hard. Its easier to condemn a man who is going through something you've never experienced. Its also easy to condemn a man who is having trouble with something you can easily manage. Its hard to accept differences between people, and reason out that we need to count our blessings and help our fellow man/woman. I hope you maybe understand and agree, but then again, you are entitled to your opinions. And my arguments don't always flow right. But maybe you can read through this and understand my problem with what you said, without going away thinking its an attack. And maybe we can all go away, working towards a better world instead of hoping for one. But maybe that's my idealism and optomism clouding my realism and cynicism.
2-02-2012 @ 1:00PM
@MightyMuffin: Actions speak louder than words. The director claims in this article not to blame World of Warcraft for his problems. The documentary however explicitly associates World of Warcraft with issues across all aspects of his social life.In the documentary and in this article the only information we are given as to how he comes to terms with these issues in his social life is to leave World of Warcraft, upon completion of which all things become better.From that all we can conclude is that WITH World of Warcraft he was an unhappy, overweight and socially-absent individual. WITHOUT World of Warcraft he is a happy, health-weight social butterfly.So I ask you this; do you choose to believe the Director's statement, or the director's video? Because they say different things.
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