About the Author:
Kynderia is a former Team Lead and Guild Officer. He has been on several current raiding teams and now plays on Horde side.
14 years. That’s almost half of my life. That’s how long I have been playing this game. I have met countless people, killed countless bosses, and done some amazing things I could never dream of. I built a history for myself that was mine to control, and I wrote my own destiny. There was also a dark side to these accomplishments, and that was letting this game control my life outside of my computer.
WoW can still be a part of your life, but it’s up to you to choose how much you want it. There were times when I would neglect my work, my sleep, and even my friendships to be at home to “play the game.” For someone like me, it is difficult to find a balance until you reach a breaking point. Until then, you feel obligated to play the game and logging on becomes a chore and not a privilege or a reward.
There needs to be a balance and you have to be honest with yourself about how much power you give WoW. Do you let it control your schedule? Do you make it your first priority above everything else? Or do you treat it as leisure time and not feel stressed out because you missed that one raid or failed to do that one mechanic.
Coming to a point of having a negative aspect associated with something that can bring so many positive things into your life, is a major concern and one that you cannot ignore. Our community strives to make the world a better place. Putting strain on yourself and your own personal life makes this almost impossible.
I am enjoying the game now more than ever. No obligations and no stress. WoW isn’t going anywhere. I came to a realization that I have control over the game and everything that comes with it. It doesn’t control me and my decisions. This is something I do for fun, and I will not let that be diminished.
At times lately I have felt the same way. Sometimes the game feels like a grind and like this all consuming task that you dread. Maybe cause of that boss you hate. Maybe because of that task you need to do but REALLY despise. Maybe cause your simply just having a bad day. At a point any game stops being fun you gotta ask yourself some hard questions but this article hit that issue right on the head! Good on you Kynderia taking back control is never easy.