A recovering WoWaholic recounts his descent into depression and game addiction in a new blog.
C Gibson explains that WoW Survivor is intended to offer a supportive place for those who found the MMO world a bit too compelling.
In an introductory post, Gibson candidly discusses his own experience:
I was going to school full time in NYC and working. Because of an issue with my family, I became depressed. I stopped going to class, quit a good job for a lamer one… and reinstalled WoW. Instead of dealing with my issues, I ignored them by grinding reputation for a mount while my wife was at work…
I was on the verge of losing the person I cared about most over something that really didn’t matter to me and had ZERO real life benefits. I agreed to and went to a counseler… and that helped eliminate my depression because I was no longer a passive variable in a world I didn’t pay attention to.
I uninstalled WoW and haven’t played since. I do read up on the blogs on occassion, and I actually find that that solidifies why I don’t play. There is no way to keep up and I don’t feel like getting wrapped up in a never ending adventure while my real life crumbles…
GP: When I read such stories, it’s hard to know whether the writer’s game addiction is a symptom of something else – like depression – or the underlying disease itself. In any case, Gibson’s story seems to have a happy ending. He reports that he is successfully pursuing a writing career in NYC and that he and his wife are the proud parents of five-month old.