Sunday, August 05, 2007
World of Warcraft: A Cautionary Tale
I’ve been playing the online game, World of Warcraft (WoW) and this explains my absence on this blog. WoW has been very fun and entertaining. The game manufactures a sense of achievement as you progress your character and this was satisfying. There is a social aspect to WoW that makes you feel like you are connected. The truth is that the satisfaction I got from the game progression and social connectedness are an illusion that I have wasted too much of my life on.
You might be thinking, yes, captain obvious, WoW is a online fantasy game and as such it is a digital illusion. I think as you get into WoW this truth becomes less obvious. When I am mentally into that grove of the game, it is really hard to think about anything else. The game starts to carry the same weight and feel as real life priorities. WoW never ends so there is always the feeling that there is something left undone that must be completed. Aspects of WoW are a lot like gambling in that the reinforcement methods are the same as slot machines. But instead of money you insert your time. We all have the need of social interaction and the need to accomplish something in life. WoW provides this in an easy but fraudulent way. I have invested a lot of myself into this game and it has not produced any fruit. The game instead has had a negative impact on my relationship with my wife, children, and Christ . I have decided to stop playing.
This makes me think about how much of my life fits into this category of illusion. What else in my life gives me a sense of social connection and achievement fraudulently. My online involvement with bloging, posting on forums, emails, and online apologetics have a lot of similarity to WoW. When stopping WoW could I be just trading one lie for another? I am going to try to pray more so that I will be able to answer this question.
Here is a video that gives a better idea of what WoW is.
[fast forward the video until you see faces if you do not want to hear bad language]