February 2, 2010
‘Determine if you are addicted to an MMORPG.
If you can control the amount of hours that you play, then you are probably not addicted. Some typical symptoms include the following:
- Continuously thinking about an MMORPG
- Missing work, school, or a social activity to devote time to an MMORPG
- Playing an MMORPG for an excessive duration in one sitting (more than 5 hours)
- Spending real money on in-game items
- Psychological distress attributed to lack of game-play (feeling upset/angry if you can’t play)
- Loss of sleep due to excessive gaming
- Putting more time into the game than important things like school work, friends, family etc
- Other major lifestyle change that results in playing the MMORPG more often
Recognize your addiction.
Even if it is just a game, it is still an addiction that is affecting your lifestyle. In recognizing the problem, you become aware that it needs to be fixed.
Tell your MMORPG friends that you are quitting
whether for an certain time period, or permanently. They may give you the emotional support that you need to recover. If you can’t bear parting from your e-friends, keep contact with them via e-mail or chat.
Start your long journey to recovery.”’
Depending on how addicted you are, and how much time you have to beat your addiction, you have several methods of approach.
Decrease your overall time playing.
What seems to be the most common is to slowly lower your playing time until it is down to a reasonable amount. However, this may not work for people who are unable to control their addiction.
Force yourself to quit playing.
Quit playing the game for a few months, and then your addiction will soon dissipate, provided that you don’t slip back to the game.
Uninstall the MMORPG
If you cannot trust yourself to keep away from loading the game another time, then your best bet is to remove the program from your computer completely.
”Keep the installation CD out of reach.”’ You might lock them away in a drawer, or give them to your parents, sibling, or trusted friend. If you are very determined, you might even destroy, or sell the CD.
Have a Hobby|Find new hobbies
Look for another hobby like reading or riding a bicycle. It is best if you find something that will keep you away from the computer, in effort to keep your mind off of the MMORPG.
”Avoid triggering your addiction again.”’ After your addiction is beaten, keep it at bay. If you’re sure that the addiction won’t come back, you could try the MMORPG again, although that may be a bit risky. Also, try to avoid starting another MMORPG. You’ll only end up funneling your addiction from the first MMORPG to the next.
View this informative article in its entirely at eHow.
January 17, 2010
I have completely kicked the evony habit or addiction if you will. I don’t even play Quake any more for a few minutes a day I used to. Now I just work normal hours and spend the rest of the time with my family. Admittedly I could spend more time with them vs. working but that’s something I’m working on. The most difficult change that I needed to make in my life was getting the hell away from Evony. It was a drain on my life and my soul. I sat here like a stoned robot, awful.
Enough about my Evony problems. I’ll maintain this blog in hopes it can help others find strength to make the changes they feel they need to live a full life and also as a permanent reminder to myself what Evony essentially did to my life. This will further cement the stigma of Evony and games like Evony so if I ever slip and start to believe it’s all in good fun, I’ll have written my own reality check.
To further help other people suffering from addiction to Evony and other mmorpg online games I encourage you to do your own part and post comments on this blog, keep discussions going, share your experiences and advice on how to kick the habit. I’ll be here watching, and approving the comments and promise to take part as much as is needed.
November 20, 2009
It’s now been a while since I quit Evony and I can honestly say I haven’t re-joined. I thought about it a couple of times but fought back the urge. I’ve just became content with the growth of my businesses and while it isn’t making enough that I could retire, I certainly have a little more time on my hands in the evenings , so the urge to do something interactively online is getting stronger.
Admittedly I play Quake Live for maybe 30 minutes a day before I go to sleep and that’s about the extent of that.
When I quit Evony, as expected, my productivity went sky high and business is going great. To make this last statement short, QUIT EVONY NOW IF YOUR BUSINESS or PERSONAL LIFE IS BEING AFFECTED. I’m living proof of what we both already know, E has the power to change your life for the worse.
No matter what you choose to do, have fun, enjoy life and be successful in all of your pre-Evony goals you set for yourselves.
October 2, 2009
I recently realized I was spending quite a few of my free-time hours a day on Evony. I have a family, an online career and lots of real life stuff I could be doing. While I knew I was wasting time I’d never get back, I also knew I was hurting my life’s productivity, namely my ability to conquer my business ideas as I know I can. Quitting Evony was the most difficult think I’ve done in ages. I had tears as I wrote my goodbye emails to my friends. I’ve spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours with them; at my family and friends’ expense.
Another player mentioned to me her severe addiction to this game and it snapped something inside of me. I had to get out while I still had a family and a profitable business. So I did it. I quit Evony.
Today is the day after, and I have plenty of work to do online and the family is all about. But I feel the Evony withdrawal or void if you will. I feel like lying on the futon in my office and sleeping instead. It’s like these hours of my day normally filled with Evony playing (very successfully I might add hehe) are now holes in my heart. I still understand that these holes will soon be filled with productivity and family time, just not today.
If you, too, are addicted to the mmorpg game Evony and cannot quit, your’re addicted, post your story in a comment here and we can all help each other achieve what we’d originally set out to do in our lives.