Gamers know it can be time consuming when they start playing a game, but once their head is in the game they don’t really notice how much time has gone by. It isn’t a problem for single people and for those who don’t have too many obligations to attend to, but for couples, it could be a problem. World of Warcraft can get gamers so involved in the game that it is hard to stay away from it for too long. If your better half is showing signs of addiction, these tips below may help you deal with the problem.
- Be patient and get to know the game. It’s a whole new world in World of Warcraft where you can get so involved in the game that it’s like you have an alternate life. This is an alternate life in a world where the challenges make you feel more alive than your life in the real world. This is the situation your partner is in so you have to understand it because it will give you a better idea on how to connect with your partner and find a way to fix it later. If you show signs that you appreciate the game to know some details of it, your partner may take time off from the computer to discuss the game with you. At least you are getting his attention this way. You don’t necessarily have to play the game; just understand some details about it. Be patient with your partner, some gamers do get to a point where they will grow tired of it for awhile or realize that there are obligations that has to be taken care of.
- Create a distraction. You could schedule regular activities during the week where your partner has to take part in. This way you can pull your partner away from the computer on a regular basis and gaming will be limited. Get your partner to see that there are other things that could be just as interesting or even more exciting to reduce the addiction gaming has on him or her.
- Online support groups. There are online support groups that can help you by sharing your experiences with people who have the same problem. You might not know how many people are in the same situation as you, so getting on the online forums will make you realize that you are not alone. You can vent your frustration in these forums and who knows, you might even get ideas on how to solve the problem with your partner.
When your partner spends more time with night elves and shamans in World of Warcraft than with you, then you know it’s time to do something about it before it’s too late.