Aug 3rd 2009 3:21PM I was a smoke for a little over 10 years, and have been smoke free for about 2 years now. Prior to that I was a roller coaster. I would quit for a few days, struggle, and then be back to smoking. I actually once quit for about 6 months and then at a moment of defeat started back up. I struggled with quitting for about 5 years.
What was even worse was that for those 5 years that I wanted to quit I hated the fact that I smoked. I felt disgusting being a smoker, I hated that I was slowly and surely destroying my body and health, but somehow I couldn't stop myself.
There is nothing worse than knowing that your killing yourself, hating yourself in the process and then continuing to do it.
However, I did eventually quit. I actually took the suckers way out and took some medicine called Chantix. It really helped, a lot. To this day though I still have cravings, and I suppose that it will never completely go away. Its not that I "urge" to smoke, but find comfort in the memories of me smoking when it felt soothing. But then I remember those mornings waking up and while coughing up chunks of my lungs I would be trying to find a cig to smoke. Or, going out drinking with friends to wake up with my fingers stained yellow. Or reeking of smoke all the time. Or having disgusting cig butts in my yard, or in astrays, or ashes everywhere, or spending countless money on them, or getting rejected by hot chicks who thought smoking was nasty, or stressing out because I didnt have any smokes left and no money, or be in the middle of a raid only to not have any smokes left and no time to go to the store, or when I was a kid trying to hide my habbit from my parents, or smoking so much that you feel like your lungs are crusting up and you feel like your about to die, or the taste they put in your mouth, and so sooo many other things.
TLDR: if you smoke and you want to quit... You should quit, no matter what.
Jul 29th 2009 5:08PM I think that this is a great article. Let me first say that I do not have children, nor do I have some type of parenting degree, but I do not think its really necessary for me to in order to share my opinion.
I would think that this has both a good side, as well as a bad side. There are a lot of benefits to this, while at the same time, possibly, a lot of downfalls. I wont sit here and go in depth on each point, but just share what I would think each side has.
- Teaches your child how to play moderately.
- Teaches your child how to read/follow directions/etc as described in the article.
- Build another level of bonding between you and your child, especially if your child feels like the leader as such stated in this article.
- Help to introduce social aspects of real life to your child at an early age.
- Creates another activity that you can both enjoy... together!
- The biggest aspect of wow is killing enemies. Killing. Stabbing enemies with weapons, shooting things at them, etc. TV does this as well, obviously, and while wow is not a graphic game in the least, it focuses on killing. The biggest difference between watching someone get killed on tv and killing someone in wow is that when you play wow (or any game) you are the character, that is your persona, and as such you make a connection with that character. Im not saying that if your child plays wow that they will grow up to be a murderer, but you have to make the realization that if your child plays this game, your child likes this game, and that your child feels a connection with their character, that there is a chance they will feel more assimilated with violence.
- In a social game such as wow, you will never be able to fully prevent them from interacting with negative players. Its impossible unless there is a way to completely turn off chat, whispers, channels, etc.
- Its more than likely not possible to monitor your childs gaming 24/7 and when your not around anything can happen. You have to think that your kid is probably not a good player. How many 9 year olds are good wow players? Not many... How many a-holes do we have in wow? A lot! So, your not around, your kid gets invited to a group, goes into group, and everyone is being rude because they are not doing enough dps, heals, tanking, making the team wipe, or whatever. Its going to happen, and your kid will have to learn to be able to deal with extremely rude criticisms from the players with small epeens. Your kid will have to deal with sexual remarks, cursing, anger from other players, and all sorts of other inappropriate stuff. Your little 9 year old girl plays a female nelfs, how many guys are going to say rude sexual remarks to her? You know these things will happen.
Anyways, I am just bringing up some things here. I would most probably play wow with my kid, if I had em, but I would make that decision based on the type of personality I thought my child had.
Jul 29th 2009 3:25PM Wait, so this means I shouldnt be rocking a spirit set on my hunter? I always wondered my dps was only around 200 at lvl 80! Alright, so I guess i will go regear, rechant, regem for mp5 instead!!!
Jul 28th 2009 11:19AM Guapa, I agree 100%... Have any problem, any problems at all, and the dr will have a nice shiny pill for you to take. Drugs, its all about drugs. Its one of the most corrupt systems in the world, and we all just sit quietly in our rooms and eat our medicine, never complaining never opposing. We are afraid of our problems, afraid of their outcomes. We would rather trust in a dr and take a pill than say, try to find a natural cure or solution to our problems. We dont trust ourselves, we trust the "people" whom society has led us to believe are our guardians... Such as drs.
The government loves it, not only do they get a giant lump sum of money out of the whole deal, but its also a very strong form of control. A country sedated is a country controlled. Think about it... Take a handful of drugs and tell me your perception of things does not change. Sober you: disagrees with the war (for example), Sedated you: does not agree with the war, but does not care either.
If half of the country is sedated on drugs, thats half of the country that is easily managed. They will take whatever you give to them, they dont care, they dont mind.
Jul 27th 2009 5:36PM I have an addiction, ill be the first to admit it. I play this game far more than I should, in fact I spend more time playing this video game than I do say, playing with my dog... And im not even that far into the game... I mean, I havent even started on Ulduar yet, i dont have the bis nax gear for my toons and my arena rating is sad...
Is it that players feel the need to play too much, or does it take too much time to get all the goodies... I bet there will people saying "I cleared nax in one week", or "lean to play scrub", both valid points, but.. How addicted is the person that said that?
I guess what I am trying to say is how do we define addiction? By the length we play? By the traits we show while we play? What? As anyone knows, there is a HUGE time sync in playing this game, often the majority of the time sync is spend "grinding"... Grinding is frustrating, boring and can make you easily irritable. You spend 3 hours grinding and out of no where you get ganked... This makes you pissed off, and anyone who talks to you for the next 20 minutes or so is going to hear about it.
So, does that make one addicted? Would that mean that every level 80 character could be classified as an addict?
And even if so, who the fuck cares? Here is Jimmy, Jimmy has an addictive personality. Jimmy spends 5 hours a day playing a video game... Is that a problem? What about: Here is Jimmy, Jimmy has an addictive personality. Jimmy spends 5 hours watching tv in the evening. What would most people think of Jimmy watching tv for 5 hours a night? NOTHING, you know why? because EVERYONE has addictive personalities, and it just so happens to be normal to watch TV, but if your doing something like... Oh my god... Playing a game... Well thats just corrupt!
Addiction is in all of us, its part of human nature. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is another term for it. The only time it is a problem, or should be classified as a problem is if it is effecting your life or the lives of the people around you.
For god sakes, if someone has no responsibilities and wants to splurge in a video game who gives a shit? Why do people even care? Here is an idea, take all that care and give it to dieing children
Jul 15th 2009 3:31PM Oh yea, and also back in the day that was the only way to get into MC... If you haven't found MC inside of BRD yet then you should give it a whirl, its quite complicated and honestly... I have no idea how someone would have ever found that place.. lol
Jul 15th 2009 3:28PM They are very long instances, especially BRD, however once you get they key and know the routes like you live there, it is actually not that long. If you have a solid group, good healer, good tank, and all dps is doing about the same, you can finish in about 2 hours... Though, there were instances where I spent a good 4-5 hours in that place and didnt even finish. The hardest room (and probably where I have wiped the most) is the room where you are required to get the torches and light the corners. People who are not familiar with that room tend to struggle, especially if the tank does not know what to do.
On my most recent toon, I probably went through brd close to 50 times, but only finished a hand-full. I never had too many problems finding people to play with, really on any dungeon at any level. I am lucky to be in a fairly active leveling guild, and when push comes to shove, I just start whispering players from the /who 55 list changing out the number in respect to the instance.
Jul 15th 2009 2:26PM I have run pretty much every dungeon in the game at least once. I love them, especially the ones as you level... From RFC, SM, Mara, BRD, Ramps, Coilfang, Halls, and many more! Not only are they a lot of fun, they are invaluable to teaching you how to participate in end game.
However, I do have a few quirks with dungeons, such that 1) leveling by running dungeons is infinitely slower than questing, 2) the gear you receive is only valuable for a few levels. I remember completely decking out my toon in gear from all the old world dungeons and then when I hit Outlands I am suddenly under geared. To me it would make sense to either reduce the gear or somehow nerf it and buff the experience rewards substantially.
Many leveling players will skip over dungeons, a lot of people dont start running dungeons until they hit 80! Thats horrible, because at 80 things are more difficult and if you are not used to playing in groups, or fulfilling your role then how are you an asset to a team at end game? End game is really about two things... Raids and PVP.
Jul 7th 2009 12:03PM Keyboard movement is bad
Mouse movement is bad
If your a real player, such as myself, then you should know that the best possible movement is with your mind... Thats right, character control with your mind!
I stripped the wires out of my mouse and keyboard, drilled a few holes in the back of my head slid the wires in, super glued them in place, and PRESTO CHANGE-O I am not in complete control...
Jun 25th 2009 6:46PM Here