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Time to cut back on Warcraft

One of the decisions I made after accepting my job offer was to cut back on the amount of time I play on World of Warcraft. The fact that I’d be working during the day anyway will already reduce the amount of time that I’ll be playing, but I also need to get out a bit more.
The realisation came a few days ago when I was writing about my routine while I was working last year, and the fact that the game took over most of my evenings. June this year will be the third anniversary of me first starting the game, and so I worked out how much time I’d played each of my characters and then came up with a percentage of total time played since then. The result was a bit shocking, to say the least.
Across all of my characters, I have played for the equivalent of 191 days straight – that’s over 6 months, in a 3 year period. As a percentage of my total time being alive over the past 3 years, World of Warcraft has taken up 16%. I’d estimate that I’d only spent about double that sleeping.
In all fairness, much of my time since becoming unemployed in December has been spent playing the game, so the figure is rather skewed. I’d estimate that recently I’ve spent probably 7-8 hours per day in the game. This may seem excessive, but when you are unemployed and have very little money, paying £9 per month for something that keeps you occupied for several hours every day isn’t such a bad way to spend your time.
But I need to move on. I’m single again, with a job and plenty of friends that don’t have pixelated avatars, and I need to get out more. Besides, it’s the summer, and it may actually be a good one this time, so I’m going to make an effort to go and enjoy it. I’ll still play the game, but I’m no longer going to spend 3-4 hours each night killing zombies in floating dungeons.

One Comment

  1. I found your site as you had a post in 2006 with the same name as my website. I wanted to invite you to come join as we are starting a community for people who are cutting back or have quit Warcraft. We hope to see you!
    Thanks!