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Ex-Blizzard Employee Divorces Husband Over WoW

Posted by scx316 Tuesday February 19 2008 at 2:27PM
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A resident of California who worked briefly for Blizzard has recently divorced her husband of 6 years because of World of Warcraft. According to her, his addictions of the game distorted their marriage. Never playing the game herself, 28 year-old Jocelyn stated the her husband Peter’s crippling addiction to the game was to much for her to handle.

“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. It took away all of our time that we spent together. I ceased to exist in his life.”

Having been friends with Peter since the age of 13 and married for six years, it only took as little as nine months for the marriage to collapse after she gave him the game as a gift.

“I bought the game for him for Christmas 2004, when it first came out. By May we had our first serious discussion about where our marriage was going, and by September I had moved out.”

After she had many discussions with Peter about how WoW had taken over Peter’s life, she tried to intervene and schedule some time for the married couple to spend time with one another but to no avail. On one occasion Jocelyn had set aside 30 minutes for the two to watch a favorite TV show together but Peter refused because he was in the middle of a raid and couldn’t understand why she was upset that he stood her up. Eventually, Peters life started to suffer as he refused to pay bills and do his share of the housework.

Although Jocelyn is a gamer herself, she never had an interest of playing WoW because she recognized it was a game that had no end. She also states that Wow was the sole reason for her divorce and still very emotional on the impact it had on her marriage.

“I’m real, and you’re giving me up for a fantasy land. You’re destroying your life, your six-year marriage, and you’re giving it up for something that isn’t even real. [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.”

Because of the emotional scares of her divorce and the reasons surrounding it, Jocelyn has decided that next time around, she will stay clear of gamers

I think it is very Ironic that Jocelyn bought Wow for her husband which lead to their divorce. However, I think the blame sets solely on Peter. Because of instances like this, everyone tries to say that Blizzard is all bad and WoW should be shut down but it’s the person’s fault that gets so into the game where they can’t do anything else. The choice between playing a video game and paying your bills shouldn’t be a hard one and if it is you should always go with the latter.

It’s going to be funny when there are rehabilitation centers that are specifically setup for gamers. I say this is funny because unlike cigarettes and drugs, there is no chemical affecting your body when getting addicted to video games.


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