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Escaping the "World of Warcraft" Cult

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I started playing World of Warcraft nearly 3 years ago on my 15th birthday. At first, I thought it was a great game. It was rich in storylines with a wealth of activities to do.

 

My grades always stayed good. I studied.  I didn't have to work. Parents for for everything within reason and as long as my grades are good. But pretty soon, World of Warcraft was all I did in my spare time. If I wasn't doing homework or household chores, it was always World Of Warcraft. It wasn't that way at first.

 

As I advanced in levels the pressure was on to reach "max level" and get into end game content and do raids. So I was spending more and more time working on getting my levels higher to reach that maximum level. Once I did, the pressure was on to be "geared", have the the best of the best. While I enjoyed the game, I wasn't about to put it ahead of my studies or my family.

 

I thought that as long as my family and school work came first, then it there would be no problems. I enjoyed playing and doing raids. The guild I was with had a schedule that fit with mine perfectly. I couldn't ask for better, right? One day I was suppose to raid, I skipped it. I informed the guild leader I needed to skip it so I could finish my science project on electricity. I thought things were fine. The next time I was at a raid, I got kicked out at the last moment and ended up with nothing. I asked why and the guild leader said I shouldn't skip out on raids. Then I got a speech about priorities and I will never get anywhere if I don't learn to put my priorities straight. I thought that was the end of it. Then I saw a post on the guild forums saying I was banned from attending raids until I learn to get my priorities in order. I posted a lengthy response. I mentioned my age and I was upfront about it form the start and that my studies and school work came first becuse getting an education is what will help me support myself after I leave home. Better education, better job, more money. The response I got back was made me rethink my time in World of Warcraft. The guild leader accused me of attacking his policies and said an extra 2-3 hours to help the guild wouldn't kill me. A few people stood up for me saying that me putting my education first was admirable. One person said "So you want him to put aside his school work for the guild one time. You told me that 2 years ago. That one time turned to many and I've had to rearrange my life around the guild needs. f**k you no longer. Grow up.". People left the guild. The guild leader blamed me for his guild starting to fall apart.

 

I left my guild and tried to search for another. I got in one, but was kicked shortly after because apparently my last guild leader claimed I stole everything from the guild bank. It seems he made a toon with a name close to mine and took a bunch of stuff out. He did the same to other guild members. I will always regret every joining the Champions of Light guild on the Whisperwind server.

 

I ended up changing servers. I found what I thought was a good guild. I thought so until I was expected to be on more than I could be. I was pushed and pressure to "come on for a few" to help out new guildies. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against helping new players, but I am against putting some game before things in real life. I got chastised by people for not being on one night to help out because I went to a movie. I explained that once in awhile I deserve to do something for myself considering how hard I work to do well in school. I got a lecture about how movies are entertainment and not a necessity. I fired back with saying World of Warcraft is the same thing and I wanted a little diversity in my activities so I don't get burned out. a large number of people jumped all over me. I got a long speech about priorities and how I should put my guild's needs before my own. I was like "So these people expect me to not go out or spend time with the few friends I have just for their bits and bytes on a computer game?". This was the final straw.

 

While most people rage quit, I simply logged out and stopped getting time cards.  I felt relieved. While I was working on some calculus homework one day, I began to think of so much I missed out on by putting so much time to that game. Despite that school work and family and friends were #1, I still missed out on alot. I got a job at Burger King that I still enjoy. I'm helping my parents out with the bills and saving for college. I didn't think of World of Warcraft again until after 2 weeks that I quit. I started to get angry messages on Facebook asking why I've been shirking my responsibilities for the guild. I was referred to as selfish. I was told I was just as bad as some death knight named "Dfanning" that left years ago in 201. I blocked each and every one of those people. The guild that was doing this to me was some guild on the Anvilmar server. I don't remember the name of the guild, but it had the word "Shadows" in its name.

 

Now that I have washed my hands of World of Warcraft, I feel like I have escaped a cult.

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I was once in both of those guilds myself. The latter one, I left after a day. Guild leader was ranting about some guy ditching the raid because his wife was in labor. I'd say that lasted 2 hours. the other one, I was in Champions Of Light on Whisperwind myself with a few IRL friends. We all left when we found out the guild leader is a sexual predator.

 

I've come across a few decent people in the game. Less than a handful. I've also come across many who treat raiding and endgame as if that's all there is to the world. Plus to do anything meaningful, I would have had to dedicate much of my time to the game. Major turn off. When I quit, I felt like I left a cult too... even though I always put IRL first.

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Should I even get started on this? I see those lowlives still remember our friend Dakota and they abused her. Dakota says that they can whine all they want, but she will never return to that game, let alone that guild, which she helped to destroy. These days, Dakota is happily serving as one of my top STO admirals. And for the record, the guild that was harassing you on Anvilmar was Sonj's Forgotten Shadows. I recognize their foul stench anywhere.

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2 hours ago, Goldenforce772 said:

Should I even get started on this? I see those lowlives still remember our friend Dakota and they abused her. Dakota says that they can whine all they want, but she will never return to that game, let alone that guild, which she helped to destroy. These days, Dakota is happily serving as one of my top STO admirals. And for the record, the guild that was harassing you on Anvilmar was Sonj's Forgotten Shadows. I recognize their foul stench anywhere.

Let's smile at one thing. Their lives in WoW is the best they'll ever have it.

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I hate that Champions Of Light guild! That guild master is a twisted pervert! I can't believe Blizzard allows child molesters to play.

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2 hours ago, Samus Aran said:

Let's smile at one thing. Their lives in WoW is the best they'll ever have it.

True. Our games are much better.

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2 hours ago, Alex Danvers said:

I hate that Champions Of Light guild! That guild master is a twisted pervert! I can't believe Blizzard allows child molesters to play.

And yet it does.

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9 hours ago, Goldenforce772 said:

And yet it does.

I do believe sexual predators are required by law to report online identities. What does it say about Blizzard to allow a child sexual predator to play their game with kids?

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31 minutes ago, The Voyager said:

I do believe sexual predators are required by law to report online identities. What does it say about Blizzard to allow a child sexual predator to play their game with kids?

We know how rotten they are. And the fact that their worst elements STILL have a mad on for Dakota says they are beyond psychotic.

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On 8/1/2018 at 10:44 PM, Goldenforce772 said:

We know how rotten they are. And the fact that their worst elements STILL have a mad on for Dakota says they are beyond psychotic.

People like that could use mental help.

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On 8/1/2018 at 7:52 AM, Goldenforce772 said:

Should I even get started on this? I see those lowlives still remember our friend Dakota and they abused her. Dakota says that they can whine all they want, but she will never return to that game, let alone that guild, which she helped to destroy. These days, Dakota is happily serving as one of my top STO admirals. And for the record, the guild that was harassing you on Anvilmar was Sonj's Forgotten Shadows. I recognize their foul stench anywhere.

I remember Sonj. I was in high school when I was in her guild. She expected me to forgot studying for the SATs so I could raid. I told her to grow up and atleast attempt to go beyond a 6th grade education. Yes seriously, that girl hasn't finished beyond 6th grade. I'm not one to make fun of someone for their education, but when I get put down for trying to be educated, I will say something.

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On 8/5/2018 at 12:59 AM, Supergirl said:

The entire game is garbage. Very repetitive.

I played for a total of 4 months when I did. I regret ever playing that game.

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8 hours ago, Alice said:

I remember Sonj. I was in high school when I was in her guild. She expected me to forgot studying for the SATs so I could raid. I told her to grow up and atleast attempt to go beyond a 6th grade education. Yes seriously, that girl hasn't finished beyond 6th grade. I'm not one to make fun of someone for their education, but when I get put down for trying to be educated, I will say something.

This explains how easy it was for Dakota to crush her guild back then.

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8 hours ago, Alice said:

I played for a total of 4 months when I did. I regret ever playing that game.

You got off easy. I got 3 years under my belt.

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