7 Friendly Tips for Managing an MMORPG Addiction
Author's note. This article is just as applicable to myself as anyone else. I too am very guilty about letting things slide in order to play my favorite MUDs, but I try to keep these points in mind, and hopefully they can help you too!
It can be easy to get immersed in our favorite roleplaying game for hours. Cleaning can wait, laundry will be done tomorrow, eating is always another ten minutes away. We become the kings and queens of procrastination. But as we get older and wiser, we understand that school, family, work has to balance. Sixteen hours stretches in front of our MMORPG of choice just isn't acceptable - some sort of balance has to be struck.
I'm not here to wag my finger or do a cliche "gamers don't go outside" article. I go outside plenty, I just find other ways to log in! This last event in Achaea made it really hard to tear myself away from the screen. Luckily, the admins were clueing us in on when to be around, which allowed me to plan my schedule a lot more accordingly.
Keep it real
Just one more spar, one more step up the rankings, another percent of a level, a bit more gold, or even one more forum post to write (there are people on the internet who are wrong, after all). Many of us have succumbed to this at one time or another, but if it's too hard to tear yourself away, it can become detrimental. Have a realistic schedule, log on during peak hours when there’s a larger chance of things going on to avoid standing around “bored”.
Let people know
If you need to let your gaming friends know of the new schedule, do so. Don't be guilted into staying longer. You can ask them to email event logs you've missed. Drop some in-game responsibilities so that you don't feel pressured to stay on longer in order to fulfill your duties. If you feel overwhelmed in the real world with your fantasy work, then priorities might be a little wonky. See if you can outsource some of the work to a friend, everyone has an eager-beaver in their guild.
Don’t break your bank
Buying credits is a fantastic way to support the MUD developers, I’ve bought credits and will probably do so again in the future. But if I’ve got rent and car payment looming overhead, you better believe I don’t really need that level three Intelligence sash! Real life priorities come first, and that means feeding yourself right. If you need to keep up your credit addiction, learn how to cook meals from scratch instead of ordering out.
For easy digestion:
- Set yourself strict limits, a timer with a loud alarm, for bedtime, for dinnertime, for a walk in the park.
- Let your friends know of your new restrictions, they can be a bit more understanding and can remind you to log off when the time comes
- Cut down the virtual responsibilities, make room for more fun, less work in your shorter gameplay allotment.
- Get real goals and things done first, perhaps use your favorite game as a reward for achievement.
In summary, these are fantastic roleplaying games that let us immerse ourselves for hours, but don’t forget real life is an adventure too. If you really insist staying connected at all times, take a mobile MUD app with you. It definitely came in handy these past two weeks during all the exciting events in Achaea!
About the author: Nicola Newton has had a long-standing love for RPG games. From an early age she enjoyed the "choose your own adventure" books and grew into fantasy games like Planescape: Torment, and Diablo, but after even five years, she always comes back to play her ever-changing, favourite MUDs.