Most people seem to get divorced in this day and age at the drop of a hat, though often it's due to serious issues like fighting, abuse, a partner going astray, alcohol and drug addiction, etc. Well, add another reason to the compost pile of holy matrimony - video game addiction.
It seems a 28-year-old California woman is dumping her hubby of 6 years due to his extreme addiction to the online roleplaying game (RPG) World of Warcraft. Wife Joeclyn said of ex-husband Peter:
“He would get home from work at 6:00, start playing at 6:30, and he’d play until 3 a.m. Weekends were worse — it was from morning straight through until the middle of the night. It took away all of our time that we spent together. I ceased to exist in his life.”
She goes on to explain that she would try to schedule "together" time for the two of them and he would never participate because he was in the middle of a raid. Afterwards, he just couldn't understand why his wife was so upset. Hmmm...
Joeclyn is a former employee of Blizzard Software, the company who created the behemouth videogame, and actually helped develop it for a short period of time. In the article she says:
"[Blizzard] built 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.”
Really? You knew this and gave it to your husband???
Now, before every female who reads this blog decides to gut me alive (and I'm talking to both of you), let me say that by no means is the husband blameless. Seriously, 6 pm to 3 am? Wow. And when your wife sets aside "together time", you sure as hell better be there! (Guys, take notes).
But why would you buy your spouse something that you know that people are getting hooked on? Did you try to talk about counseling or get him help? 'Cause if there's one thing this man needs now, it's help. He's addicted and, while videogame addiction is still a sticky subject amongst professionals, this guy obviously needs some intervention.
I'll admit that I played this game a little at one point (shut up, Mariah). Absolutely nowhere nearly this bad, but I graduated college with a friend who became a background artist for the game and passed a copy on to me. It's fun for awhile, and I can believe how people would become addicted. Like anything else, it needs to be played in moderation. Now if only you could convince the average gamer of that...
What do you think? Are videogames a justifiable reason for divorce? Was she right to do what she did?
And guys: when you get home tonight, give your wife a kiss before plopping down in front of the TV or videogame console. She needs to know she's loved and appreciated.
Also, if you don't, you'll never hear the end of it ;)