Scuba Man is a somewhat of a gamer. He only gets into playing one game for a length of months, but there’s always one. He used to play World of Warcraft a lot. Apparently, it’s a bit addictive.
For those unfamiliar with WoW, it’s a little like Dungeons and Dragons. A role-playing game with good and evil factions. It’s in real-time, therefore if you are doing something in the game, you can’t just stop. You have to get to a resting place without being killed.
Scuba Man used to spend hours upon hours playing WoW. It caused some contention, mostly when supper was ready and he was in the middle of something with his team mates. I got a lot of “I can’t just stop. This is real-time. They are depending on me.” As a real-time wife, you can imagine how well that went over.
Eventually, I gave up and just let it be. It wasn’t worth having a fight over. If he couldn’t break away for whatever reason, it didn’t stop me from doing what I was going to do.
Several months ago, his characters reached the highest level they could go. With no more goals to reach, he soon tired of going on raids and such, and gave it up. I was no longer a WoW widow (a common name for wives whose husbands are WoW gamers).
Then his friends introduced him to a new online, real-time game, Eve. He’s really enjoying this game. It’s a space game, with missions and battles. Instead of teams, you form corporations. It sort of reminds me of Star Trek. Now, I am a Trekkie (a lot of IT geeks are), yet this game holds no interest for me either. I guess my destiny was not as a gamer. I am now an Eve widow.
Gaming is his way of relaxing and letting off steam. It took me a while to understand that. My interests lie elsewhere as do my ways of dealing with stress, and relaxing.
Mostly when he’s gaming, I’m doing something around the house or reading. But, I also spend time on my computer. That happens much more often since I started writing here. I’ve made a lot of new friends that are my blogging buddies. I have more than a few blogs that I subscribe to.
Have I become addicted to my WordPress world? Is that just as bad as gaming? Is one addiction better than the other?