Warcraft Destroys Marriages
A 28 year-old woman known as Jocelyn (who briefly worked for Blizzard) has divorced her husband of six years after he became so obsessed with World of Warcraft that he ignored her and caused her marriage to crumble.
"He would get home from work at 6:00, start playing at 6:30, and he'd play until three a.m. Weekends were worse -- it was from morning straight through until the middle of the night," said Jocelyn. "It took away all of our time that we spent together. I ceased to exist in his life."
Jocelyn bought the game for her husband in Christmas of 2004, and by May the game had disrupted their relationship. That September she moved out after he stopped paying bills and doing housework, and ignored her.
"I had set aside 30 minutes for us to watch a television show together, and he couldn't," said Jocelyn. "He was stuck on a raid, and completely failed to understand why I was upset."
"I'm real, and you're giving me up for a fantasy land," she said. "You're destroying your life, your six-year marriage, and you're giving it up for something that isn't even real."
Jocelyn, who briefly worked for Blizzard, added "They build it in such a way that you have to keep putting more and more time into it to maintain your status. I remember thinking when I was married that it was downright exploitative to people who couldn't control themselves in that way. It's set up like a drug."
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