Video game addiction has become a major concern in the early part of the 21st century. Online gamers, especially, are more often showing classic signs of addiction, in regards to online games like League of Legends, World of Warcraft, or Call of Duty. If the phrase “Leeroy Jenkins” makes you laugh and you have hour long discussions over what caused a 1% difference in DPS in a specific battle, you might be addicted to World of Warcraft. If you are reading this article, you aren’t completely lost yet. The following are the top ten signs that you might be addicted to World of Warcraft.
10. You raid four or more days a week – Even at three days a week, you are beginning to show signs of a problem. But, at the point that you spend more days of the week engaging in a raid than days not raiding, it is definitely an indication that World of Warcraft is taking over your life.
9. You have ever bought gold – Gold buying and selling is both against the rules of the game and pretty much unnecessary as well. There are plenty of legitimate ways to get gold quickly. If you are in need of gold so quickly or in such high quantities that you spend real money on it, potentially risking losing your account in the process, you are almost certainly addicted to the game.
8. You collected the World of Warcraft collectible card game simply to try to get the turtle mount – Some people actually enjoyed the CCG, but not that many. It was an average CCG at best that had little going for it except for its association with the game. If you bought packs just to get the ultra-rare mount, that is a reasonably clear sign of addiction.
7. You actually found the turtle mount by buying packs of the CCG – This isn’t any worse than the above sign if you found the mount in your first few packs. But, given the rarity of the mount, you likely had to open hundreds of packs to get it. Spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars for something that was basically just a cosmetic benefit is a pretty clear sign of a problem.
6. You own any Horde merchandise – Are you walking around with a Horde symbol on your chest or do you have a 10″ model of a tauren in your living room? If you do, you may want to think carefully whether your spending habits suggest a larger problem.
5. You own World of Warcraft novels – The world fiction is moderately interesting, but not particularly novel worthy. And, honestly, you can learn most of it just be reading the intro dialogue to the various quests in the game. If you are so entranced by the world that you are actually buying second rate novels, you likely have crossed a line.
4. You read World of Warcraft fan fiction – In a sense, you are creating fan fiction every time you play the game. But there is a difference between playing and slightly modifying the story based on your particular actions in completing a quest and creating brand new stories in the world, whole cloth. At least the novels are written by professionals and are accepted canon. Fan fiction is just these same stories without any interactivity at all or the legitimacy of canon.
3. You have multiple accounts so you can play all of your character concepts – Because Blizzard limits the number of characters you can create to a number fewer than the total number of combinations of class and race, it may actually be reasonable to own multiple accounts. But the moment you purchase a second account, you need to seriously consider whether you are getting the right amount of value for your money or whether you are just spending money to feed a craving. A third account is almost certainly a sign of a problem.
2. You schedule time to complete dailies every day – Dailies are quests designed to keep you hooked to the game. They offer diminishing rewards like any good drug and if you fall behind in them, you are punished with fewer rewards. Blizzard actually created an intentionally addictive concept in the game. Simply completing them every day doesn’t necessarily reveal a problem, but you should definitely monitor exactly how much time you are spending repeating the exact same activities over and over again.
1. You skip major life events in order to complete dailies – Your best friend invited you to his or her wedding, but it was going to be held at a mountain resort that didn’t have internet. You declined so you wouldn’t miss a day or two of dailies. Or maybe you only spent a single day visiting your parents over Christmas, just so you could get home in time to complete your dailies. If this sounds familiar, you are definitely addicted to World of Warcraft.