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Has WoW affected your college life? Tell me about it.

Smacky The FrogSmacky The Frog Registered User regular
edited April 2008 in MMO Extravaganza
I'm working on an article for my college's magazine about World of Warcraft addiction. What I need are some stories from addicted college kids about how WoW has affected your life, good or bad. If anybody has some interesting stories or quips to tell, please share them here. I'm trying to take a humorous tone with the article, but anything you could provide would be a great help.

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    formatformat Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    First thing I can think of is a group of friends asking me to go out on a wednesday, but my guild had recently started running 25 man raids and I really wanted to be part of that group, you know the "dependable" raiders so I would be invited back.

    Then for Halloween the guild was just starting to learn a new boss, friends were planning to do some night-long activities. If I had found out about the Halloween party the day of or day before I would have gone to the raid but because I had a couple weeks notice I didn't feel like I would be ditching the raid if I told them early enough.

    A few of my friends, in game and real life, have quit (raiding at least) because they didn't want to feel guilty or give an excuse if they didn't feel like playing a video game.

    edit: Also I don't see WoW any different than say, coming home after school and watching TV or surfing the internet for 4 hours before going to bed, I wouldn't let homework slide because a really good movie is on and I won't let it slide if I have a night of Archimonde attempts. It just requires better use of my time at school and away from raids.

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    rizriz Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I didn't start playing WoW until after college and I'm always saying I'm very happy about this. I was enough of a slacker in college as it was... I don't know what WoW would have done to me. :P

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    Little JimLittle Jim __BANNED USERS regular
    edited March 2008
    I don't think it affects me too much

    I guess I'm one of the few that does all my work before turning on a computer?

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    <3<3 Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Little Jim wrote: »
    I don't think it affects me too much

    I guess I'm one of the few that does all my work before turning on a computer?

    I do this also.

    I find it way more satisfying to finish all my work first and then I can play WoW without having to worry about anything.

    Whereas if you don't, and it's fucking midnight and you have a fucking project or a paper to write.

    That ain't fun.

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    exisexis Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I let WoW get in the way of my classes from time to time. It takes me about half an hour to commute to campus, so when I'd have a tutorial particularly earlier/later than my other classes I'd find myself saying "eh I'll go next week", and staying at home playing WoW instead.

    Besides situations like that, it didn't really have an affect on me more than anything else did. I'm very easily distracted. I'd get home from uni and start up WoW immediately, and six hours later realise I should've been working on an assignment or something. But that was never limited to WoW for me. I'll go read, or watch TV, or just sit here browsing forums, if it means avoiding doing work. I really have to force myself to knuckle down and get things done.

    It did have a noticeable negative affect on my social life, but I don't know if that's really relevant to your article.

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    Victor15bVictor15b Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I take online course through Grantham Edu, so I dont know if my story is what you are looking for but....

    This past wednsday I was supposed to be working on a research paper, but I decided to run Wailing Cavens instead.

    Around 8pm this girl im dating sends me a text:

    Her: "Hey, I know ur doing homework tonite, but I had a really really rough day at work, mind If I cum over for a bit?"
    Me: No reply.

    8:20 - She calls, I pick up
    ME: Yeah, Im really busy, tonights no good *WOW noises in the background*
    HER: Are you playing Warcraft???
    ME: Yup
    HER: I thought you had homework you had to do?
    ME: Yeah, Im blowing it off
    HER: Whatever. *click*

    8:29 - *RING RING*
    HER: Ok, do you think you can take a break just for a couple of hours?
    ME: Thats really not a good idea, Ive been drinking Capt Morgan ever since I got home, and I probably shouldnt drive

    (truth): I was hardly buzzed, but its rude to leave a party in the middle of an instance

    HER: Well maybe I could get my roommate to give me a ride over there?
    ME: Nah, dont worry about it
    HER: .......................................
    ME: ............................................
    HER ........................................
    ME: Hello?
    HER: You know I want to have sex right?
    ME: Yeah, I figured
    HER: *sigh* Whatever. *click*

    8:42 -*RING RING RING*
    HER: Hey, my roommate says she'll give me a ride over there
    ME: Nah thats cool, Im probably just going to go to bed after this anyway, Im worn out
    HER: Are you sure, becuase she says she wants to come up and hang out with us for a bit?
    it should be noted that her roommate is bisexual and quite promiscuous
    ME: Nah, I'll just see you guys this weekend
    HER: OH...MY...GOD! *click*


    12:15am
    I finish running Wailing Caverns for the second time and am getting ready for bed when I get this text message: You have no idea what you missed out on

    I lay there in bed staring at the ceiling coming to terms with the fact that not only is my GPA going to suffer but I also gave up a potential 3-way just to play a video game.....but smiled in the knowledge that my lvl 19 shaman now has a full Armor of the Fang set.

    Worth it? I think so8-)

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    KalkinoKalkino Buttons Londres Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    riz wrote: »
    I didn't start playing WoW until after college and I'm always saying I'm very happy about this. I was enough of a slacker in college as it was... I don't know what WoW would have done to me. :P

    Signed.

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    When I was still in undergrad, I basically found that I needed a certain amount of time during the week to just veg out; do something like video games or watch sports or take a nap while my appetite to do social things came back. WoW turned out to be a pretty decent way of filling some of that time.

    I can't say it really affected my academics in a negative way. Because decisions about how to spend time aren't between homework and WoW or social life and WoW or whatever and WoW; it's about academics vs. not-academics. WoW filled some of the not-academics time.

    Also, Victor... somethin' wrong wit'chu, kid.

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    ElementalorElementalor Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Victor15b wrote: »
    some jazz

    You're gonna regret that in 2 levels when that's all garbage. But meh, whatever floats ur dinghy.

    I played WoW after college, I've taken a day or two off work to play. But one of my friends flunked outta school(this was his reattempt to finish undergrad) and another avoided going to work most days to play for weeks until quitting/getting fired(who knows what it was). Neither of them really do much of anything now, work-wise. This is really starting to sound like one of those stupid anti-weed commercials...but myself and a few others friends would always try to get them to quit, hell I unsubscribed when the flunkage/firing occurred, to no avail...I don't speak with those two much anymore.

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    EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited March 2008
    I lost my girlfriend who things were very serious over WoW, well I dunno if I want to blame wow because I don't think it would have happen if there were not already problems. WoW made it easy to ignore things..

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    SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I was also done with college before WoW, yay. Now I did play asheron's call my sophomore year, but
    that was before I transferred schools, so I think I would have been horribly anti social there regardless, and I was, freshman year, sans MMOs.

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    JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    World of Warcraft impact on college hmm.... well, I was already not caring about college prior to WoW based on a previous SWG addiction... had i not been playing WoW I still would have not cared because the quality of education was pretty subpar so...

    World of Warcraft taught me, rather, encouraged me to learn how to carefully do exactly as much work as I needed to pass a class with the least effort possible. Something that has been paying off to this day. The ability to score a 95+ on anything I put effort towards also helps.

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    SmashismSmashism Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    If I have hw, I dont play my MMO.
    Simple as that. I guess I have better self control than others.

    3.0 gpa history major. Check how many hours I put in below, (most are spent bazaared)

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    PharezonPharezon Struggle is an illusion. Victory is in the Qun.Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Victor15b wrote: »
    Epic bullshit

    There's no way this can possibly be real.

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    MorskittarMorskittar Lord Warlock Engineer SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Pharezon wrote: »
    Victor15b wrote: »
    Epic bullshit

    There's no way this can possibly be real.

    Not for a man with a penis. Who's younger than sixty.

    I'm sad I wandered into this thread.

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    815165815165 Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Pharezon wrote: »
    Victor15b wrote: »
    Epic bullshit

    There's no way this can possibly be real.
    Totally, Wailing Caverns sucks.

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    DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Victor15b:

    i don't believe you

    edit: and not in a "omg i cant believe you geez!" kind of way

    i mean i think you're full of shit

    there is no fucking way WoW is that bad

    unless you have issues to begin with

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    HembotHembot Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I played while going to school and working full time. That and a 20ish hour raiding schedule left little time for anything else. I met some wonderful people whom I still keep in contact with. I plan to play with them in upcoming games. My old GM and about 6 others live near my brother in Seattle so next time I visit him I will be hanging out with all of them.

    To me it was a godsend. I know it obliterated my "real" social life, but my mortgage, tuition, etc. were driving me steadily into debt. Social lives are expensive and I realized i needed to take the time to soak up hours so I didn't graduate broke. I still managed a 3.3 with a little over 5 hours sleep a night steadily for the two years I spent focusing on my major.

    I made great friends whom I share something in common with (other than a love of beer) and I don't consider it a loss at all. Eventually I pulled out, but school was ending and I decided to move forward in life a bit before going back to MMO's. I plan to move to WAR in hopes to find a casual PvP setting where I can go out, PvP and get rewarded for it in 30min-1hr. time frames.

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    ZilartZilart Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Victor: Reading that made me just .. D: in disbelief. I mean, come on!!.. Wailing Caverns over sex?! That's just wrong, man! Just wrong! Ofcourse, it's nice that you are polite, but to be honest I wouldn't have cared that much (abit rude) if I was getting tail.

    Man. That's wrong! Ofcourse, your choice, if you should speak the truth. :lol:

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    Beyond NormalBeyond Normal Lord Phender Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Seriously Victor, what the fuck is up with you?

    Back on topic: WoW has slightly affected my schooling. When I say slightly I mean it. I don't play much and I don't raid much. I prefer games I can jump into and leave quickly should I find myself getting bored, or having to go somewhere immediately. Somehow though, I pulled straight C's out of all my classes and I know it has nothing to do with WoW because I spent all weekend working on an animation and I got no feedback as to why it got a C. My illustration class got a C because I went less than half the time, but only because I hate the teacher.

    I can also relate to losing a great relationship while under the addiction of WoW. I was dating a girl from my junior year of highschool until the end of my second year in college. It ended up being roughly 3.6 years of dating total. I remember her calling me up and asking, "Can I come over after work and talk?"

    I said, "Sure." When she showed up I was running ST on my mage, I said my girlfriend arrived and I need about 10 minutes, maybe more, and I'll be back. They said ok. I come back 10 minutes later saying I got dumped so lets go fucking pwn this instance. It didn't even phase me, like, at all.

    Short answer: yes

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    DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    did she dump you BECAUSE of WoW or just happened to dump you while you were playing?
    condolences if it was recent

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    Beyond NormalBeyond Normal Lord Phender Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Dhalphir wrote: »
    did she dump you BECAUSE of WoW or just happened to dump you while you were playing?
    condolences if it was recent

    It happened more than a year and a half ago, and I honestly don't know why she dumped me. Her reason was she "needed some space to do her own thing". Which I know is a lie, and a terrible one at that.

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    OremLKOremLK Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    format wrote: »
    A few of my friends, in game and real life, have quit (raiding at least) because they didn't want to feel guilty or give an excuse if they didn't feel like playing a video game.

    This is the biggest problem with WoW (and many other MMORPGs), in my opinion. If you want to really succeed at raiding, you have to be in a serious, organized guild, which means if you miss raids you feel like you're letting your friends down.

    I quit once because of this, and unless I somehow find a really great, relaxed group of people, I'll probably never join a raiding guild again. There are too many strings attached, and they screw up your life (college or otherwise).

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    WrenWren ninja_bird Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I met some chick in college who is into WoW so it gives us something to talk about on the hour long bus drive there.

    so not negatively, no.

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2008
    WoW is one of many ways in which I procrastinate. If it wasn't wow, it would be forums. If it wasn't forums, it'd be vidya games. If it wasn't games, it'd be books.

    EDIT: And I also don't believe victor, because wailing caverns is something people look for excuses to get out of.

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    SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    That is my reasoning as well. It may not be fully sound, but it's accurate to a degree. I quit WoW for 3 months, but that didn't stop me from trolling the forums at work on different subjects.

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    goodtimesgoodtimes Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I'm working on an article for my college's magazine about World of Warcraft addiction.


    I was having a conversation similar to this in college this week . Someone had made the comment like warcraft addiction etc. I kind of cringe whenever people want to characterize something like warcraft with the term addiction. I had a roommate for 2 years that was a great friend of mine , I watched him go from being a successful tournament poker player to degenerate gambler. In about 3 months he went completely broke , girl left him , estranged a bunch of his friends including me, and he was completely humiliated and embarrassed about the whole thing, he recovered from it but we all had our doubts. Anyone that has ever had someone close to them struggle with addiction has seen what addiction is like.

    You can't get behind the wheel of a car and plow headfirst 80 mph into a family of four while going the wrong way on the interstate.

    You're never going to have to steal to support your "habit"

    You're not going to get arrested and thrown in prison for having warcraft in your possession, or for distribution.

    you're never gonna prostitute you're body for some leet epix.

    the thing is that alot of people may say they can't quit but the fact is that if there was a game they enjoyed better they'd play that instead. An addict needs his cocaine , an alcoholic needs his liquor, a gamer is never gonna have delirium tremens for missing his raid times.

    When I was on a serious skydiving team we put everything second because we wanted to go to nationals , we didn't but we lived the hardcore life for almost a year training . It was nothing to owe 2000$ (1999 money) at the end of the month to the dropzone. we all skipped out early on work, blew off girlfriends, wives, friends etc. But were we addicted? no we were "committed athletes" "dedicated contenders"

    College kids have had excuses to blow off homework forever. Point the finger at a video game and say " it's not my fault" if you want but to me that just sounds like a weak ass excuse.

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    SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    You may however, die while playing WoW.

    I'll certainly say it's one of the safer addictions, but not without its danger.

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    MatsuhitoMatsuhito Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Victor makes me want to punch people.

    Sorry I can't actually contribute though. I've only played WoW for two months, tops.

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    exisexis Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    goodtimes wrote: »
    you're never gonna prostitute you're body for some leet epix.

    Does somebody have a link to that girl that actually did whore herself out for epix? I think it was an epic flying mount, though I'm sure she wasn't the only one.

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    SpongeCakeSpongeCake Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    WoW is one of many ways in which I procrastinate. If it wasn't wow, it would be forums. If it wasn't forums, it'd be vidya games. If it wasn't games, it'd be books.

    This is pretty much the attitude I have when I see people whining about how WoW has ruined their lives abloobloobloo. If you don't have the willpower to stop playing a video-game and get some goddamn work done then it's not the game's fault, it's your stupid broken brain. Man up and accept the responsibility for your own actions instead of blaming it on some big evil corporation.

    God.

    And yeah, Victor's clearly living in a fantasy world.

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    SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I thought alcoholics did take the blame for their issues. That doesn't mean that for them, alcohol is addictive.

    And certainly, MMOs are much more addictive than "standard" video games.

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    Regicid3Regicid3 Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Man, honestly . . . somebody giving up sex for a game isn't that bad. I gave up a blowjob for Ultima Online, but a threesome?

    Experiences, guy . . . you've got to have them.

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    DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    blowjobs can be pretty shit sometimes


    you're sitting there thinking man if i was alone i could finish this up lickety split and go to kara

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    OremLKOremLK Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I believe that a person can become addicted to anything, because addiction at its core is more psychological than physical (although some things have a physical component as well, of course). So the issue really comes more down to the addict than the fix with any addiction, especially those with no physical element, like WoW.

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    ED!ED! Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Anyone that has ever had someone close to them struggle with addiction has seen what addiction is like.

    Addiction is addiction. The fact that a WoW player isn't going to flameout so "magically" as these other "real" addicts takes nothing away from the fact that there are people TRULY addicted to the game, who compartmentalize EVERYTHING around it, instead of the other way around. Youre saying "hey lets not marginalize real addicts", but you're actually doing just that. ANYTHING can be an addiction, and I'm sure there are meth/coke addicts who laugh at the gambling-addicts.

    Having said that - in no way is any male in college going to turn down a three-way, NOR would a female not only be cool with him doing so over WOW, but also try MULTIPLE TIMES to get the guy in the sack.

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    JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    OremLK wrote: »
    I believe that a person can become addicted to anything, because addiction at its core is more psychological than physical (although some things have a physical component as well, of course). So the issue really comes more down to the addict than the fix with any addiction, especially those with no physical element, like WoW.

    I don't think it's fair to say that because someone is addicted to a video game that they carry the same psychology to be addicted to gambling or some sort of drug.

    It's more like whatever they are addicted to fulfills some basic need or desire that the user has, and what needs a person has that need an addiction to fulfill them depends completely on the person.

    That's like saying someone who eats three meals a day is a addicted to food and could therefore be addicted to anything else as a result of psychological weakness. Uhh, he eats food because he has to live. He plays WoW because... social component? Empowerment? Escaping the daily grind of his lower-middle class life?

    Your pick.

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I don't see why it isn't fair to say that. Addiction is fairly well-known as a hereditary biological tendency, and addicts often drop one habit and replace it with another.

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    Beyond NormalBeyond Normal Lord Phender Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Dyscord wrote: »
    I don't see why it isn't fair to say that. Addiction is fairly well-known as a hereditary biological tendency, and addicts often drop one habit and replace it with another.

    Like how I dropped drinking with smoking.

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    ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I'm a CoXer, not a WoWer, but mainly I'm a procrastinator. There's been plenty of times when I've gamed instead of doing work...but if I can't game, I read forums. Or websurf, or read, or watch TV, or whatever. So any negative effects can't really be blamed on whatever specific way I'm killing time.

    Don't think I've ever passed anything up to game either, unless it was something I wanted to avoid anyways.

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