OK this is going to be a bit long but I have an important point to make and because I just relized it all started here I decided to end it here and maybe save some people along the way. Here is the first day I got World of Warcraft http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread.php?t=18915 If you look at posts i started playing world of warcraft on 5/10/05. This game took me over, I lost control and over 2 years of my life. I dident mean to happen, I was at a pokemon tourney and my friend was playing it in the lan room during lunch, he let me play for a few min. I thought to myself wow this game is kinda fun, I think ill buy. So I did, but what I dident know was that its an endless grind, there is no way to win the game and everything you do in it is pointless. About a month later I graduated high school, but instead of going right to collage I took a year off, want to know what I did? I played wow and raided for a year. a year passed and I had all but quit pokemon, all my friends from pokemon had become as obsessed as I had, leaving the house became a chore as I wanted to be on so I dident miss out door raid bosses or raid invites. I had never been like this about anything but slowly over time it became my life. 15 months had passed and September came again. The game was getting old after 15 months of nonstop play, nothing new, same old stuff. By this point I was in the best guild on the server, still putting up with loot problems and guild drama. I stopped paying for my account and started collage. First term was great, no problem, it was great to be around real people again, but then 3 months later right after Christmas the expansion was released, all new stuff, all new loot and levels, what is the harm in just getting it and leveling up to 70, you know, mess around with the old gang and not raid......big mistake, 2nd term i got 2 Ds and an F and 3rd i only passed one class. Why? Because of WoW. Once again I found myself sucked in, I couldent stop. This is the power of the game, you lose track of time and your goals shift to in game goals. There is no such thing as playing in free time for fun. I have seen too many people I know start playing this game. Now September has come again. I stopped playing wow a month ago and im doing well again, but a new expansion, Wrath of the Lich King comes out in less than 6 months. You can not imagine how much even now i want to play it. I want it more than any real life goal because the real world can no longer live up to the world blizzard has created. You can be a whole new person and hide in a full fledge fake world. I refuse to buy this all new and improved wow because I know if I do its another 6-12 months of my life I will never get back. If I dont stop this now all my friends will be graduating collage and getting real lives and what will I have? Nothing thats what. And just so people know im not the rare case where someone becomes addicted, this is the norm for just about everyone I have ever played with in game or the people I know in real life, Rusty_Bucket can attest to that as well as he is a good friend of mine, who has played just as much wow as I have, or the south park episode that just won an emmy, that is another real example of what happens to a large majority of people who get hooked on wow, I for one know my body looked a bit better before I lost all interest in things like working out or jogging farther than my fridge to grab another soda. If you want to know what snapped me out of it, what made me decide its just not worth it, its when my good friend and fellow OR pokemon player Cason AKA AbsolutelyNobody died at the age of 15. I know he was never as addicted as I was, he had lots of friends, good grades, in fact he had the most potential out of all the people in our circle of friends but we got him into wow and he did play a lot. A lot of his free time was spent leveling his warrior, then his priest, then getting them gear. When he died I thought a long time about if I was to go tomorrow, would I be happy with how I lived my life. Would he regret all the time he spent playing World of Warcraft when he could have been hanging out and spending that time with his family and friends. I know I would hate myself for wasting years on something so stupid after putting it in that context and I decided I could not play again. Im sorry if this post has become a downer and im not even sure if I should post it here but I do see posts about Warcraft and becuase my first time I talked about WoW was here on the gym, I thought I would make the last time here as well. To sum up this long post its not a knock to anyone who plays WoW, Im not saying everyone who plays it will become so addicted they will lose sight of real life obligations. What I am saying is that of the 5-10 people I know in real life who where converted into playing this game (some of them by me, please forgive me /beg) I would say more than half went through a point or are going through it now where that stupid video game is where the day begins and ends. So if you are thinking of just trying the 14 free day trial or want to start because your friends do it, don't. Your better off not knowing what its all about, take it from me. Someone with 3 70s 2 60s and 311 days 16 hours played.