I didn’t realize how obsessed I’d become.
In the weeks before my guild finally downed the Lich King, I was online a LOT. I would make sure to log in every night without fail by 8:30 and stay on until midnight, on the off chance that a raid would happen that might get me some gear upgrade or Emblems or anything.
I passed up on chances to go out to the movies with my wife if a raid was happening. I scheduled all of my weeknights around my WoW time.
Its not as bad as it sounds. I’m a teacher, so over the summer I have a lot of unscheduled time. I didn’t shirk my family or job or do anything damaging or unhealthy. I just really, really wanted to do whatever I could to finish ICC.
Now that the task is complete, all the pressure is off. I’ve taken a couple of nights off this week to watch TV or do some reading – something I hadn’t done in a while. I’ve still been logging in most evenings, but I can log on a little later and log off a little earlier without worry that I am going to miss out on something.
This is not one of those “I’m leaving until Cataclysm” posts. Far from it. I still have Loremaster to finish, plus I’m working on getting rep with some old world and BC factions. I’m still working my inscription business and prepping my stockpiles for Cataclysm.
In addition, it would be selfish for me to stop playing now. Yes, my guild killed LK, but that only got the Kingslayer title for 10 of us. There are a lot more players in the guild who want that title, so I would be remiss if I didn’t help them.
Plus, I need that title on my MAIN rather than my tank alt.
But its nice to be relieved of that pressure.
As an aside, I’ll just say something about the idea of dropping your subscription until Cataclysm.
I guess I must be extremely lucky to be in the guild I’m in. The people in my guild are truly my friends, even though I’ve never met most of them in Real Life. I’d log into the game just to hang with them even if there were no content to do.
In my situation, I can’t imagine dropping my WoW subscription. It would be like cutting off a huge piece of my social life.
For all the people who can casually drop their subscription for months at a time, I feel a little bad for them. I guess they aren’t as attached to their guild or guildmates as I am. Its not a criticism of those people, but rather a statement of how fortunate I am to have such a good group of friends in game.