Why I don’t play MMORGs

I saw this article on the IGDA site.

“Castronova’s research indicates that 20% of survey respondents consider EverQuest’s world of Norrath their full-time home. 22% would spend all of their time there if they could. And 40% would abandon their lives on Earth altogether if Norrath were able to support them economically.”

and this

“EverQuest Ruined My Marriage” stories abound. In one, psychologist Richard Sherman says, “A [addicted] person would rather spend time with the game… than with their own partner.”

If you love playing EverQuest, more power to you. I’m not trying to rain on your parade. Just don’t ask me to join you. Even if real life is sometimes hard I still prefer it 😉

  • Omar
    Same feeling

    The first time I read about Ultima Online, I thought it was so cool but never had a chance to actually play it. Then newer games followed. I saw a few people falling into their trap and losing any kind of social life, and took myself the decision to avoid playing any of them.

    They can be so addicting. Even an offline play of Phantasy Star Online got me stuck for a whole day, thanks god I never played it online.

    Save a friend, unplug the network!

  • pketh
    Kinda sad

    Throughout that whole article, I got the impression from the author that MMORPG addicts were addicted solely due to the imperfections w/in society. (ie: no adventure, soul-less existence)

    The fact of the matter is that the author neglected to mention that many of addicts feel that way because of their own choice/decisions.

    What I mean basically, is that life is what YOU make it. Sure there are no dragons here in reality, but that definetly doesn’t mean that there is no adventure.

    BTW, great site! I’ve loitered here a bit and this is my first post. thanks

  • greggman
    Counter Argument

    My friends that are addicted to EQ consider it just as valid as meeting face to face.  They see going online to meet their friends in EQ land as the same as meeting them at a restaurant.  For example, telling me they can’t see me tonight because they are meeting friends on EQ they see as similar to telling me they can’t meet tonight because they have bowling practice.

    I can’t really argue with that except to say that most people it seems know that meeting your friends every night for 2 to 4 hours instead of going home to see your wife and kids would generally be considered neglectful.  Once or twice a week maybe but not 5 to 7 days a week.  I suppose if you have no other responsibilities that argument would not hold.

  • pketh
    re: counter argument

    don’t get me wrong – I find absolutely nothing wrong with playing MMORPGs or anyother game type. It’s just that you know there’s a problem when a game as percieved as an all consuming passion that could replace reality. I’m talking about many of those that the article mentioned: people who play ALot more than 4 hrs a week, and I would guess the same percentile who said that they could make EQ or something like it their full time home if they could.

  • anon_bahx

    this isn’t ‘directly’ related to your post, but I didn’t know where else to post it. it’s an interesting article on women in gaming written by a rather intelligent (and hot) woman. :^)


  • df

    Get eve online (http://www.eve-online.com) and check out a real mmorg.

  • GalaxiesJunkie
    Online Gaming Junkie

    Well now, I am just going to post that I myself am quite addicted to a online game very very addictive game and yes it consumes a lot of my time.  I am married with two beautiful daughters, and yes I have ran into some problems with my gaming habits both before and after this new online game.  But the bottom line is this,  Even though called and considered electronic crack, online gaming is not physically addictive, and the power to stop playin is in the person at the keyboard.  Guess it all just has to be weighed and measured as far as how important your real life truly is.  It all in your hands…Literally!