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Posted on Monday, April 28 @ 13:11:37 Eastern by JP_Hurh
I don’t play World of Warcraft for many reasons. One of which is the engagement ring that I’m still trying to pay off by reviewing such gems as Turok and Rainbow Six Vegas 2. My fiancée is okay with my gaming as long as its part of, you know, a job. But I’ve seen what WoW does to relationships, and it isn’t pretty.

But you know who is pretty? Sherry Myrow, the founder of gamerwidow.com. Myrow’s site is a forum for women (and men) who, like her, have found themselves ignored by their WoW-addicted mates. Winda Bendetti’s article, “Game Widows Grieve ‘Lost’ Spouses,” exposes the sad stories of a number of women whose own pastures have gone untilled while their husbands farm gold. But it also includes Myrow’s not unattractive likeness (in a MySpace-worthy pose); a choice, I suppose, to put a face on grieving gaming spouses. How addictive is WoW? Take how attractive you might imagine Myrow to be to the average gamer, and then remember that WoW beats that score in actual PvP battle.

The contributors to gamerwidow.com and gamingsucks.com make a much better argument against videogames than Jack Thompson could ever make. Each story of a woman being forsaken by a man for a game strikes right at the Lawfully Good heart of every gamer. We should all hit the giant “start” button of life and pause for moment: think about how equally ridiculous our own gaming choices would appear to Myrow’s husband, consider the tragic irony of only being able to see the problems of gaming addiction in others, and remember the Faustian compact we all have made at some point in risking lasting happiness for the fleeting and inconsequential joys of just one more save point or one final raid.

And while you’re pondering that, I’ll be over here, spawn-killing your characters and stealing their gold.
 
 


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