I'm still trying to figure out why you're so ashamed that you play WoW. Video games are bigger than ever and a huge percentage of the population plays them in some form. At this point they'll probably think it's weirder you had a hidden WoW habit for over 6 years than the fact that you play it.
I am EXTREMELY tired of how social we're 'required' to be these days, so when i am gaming it's more like a relief from all that. Sure, I'm a little introverted, so that also plays in, and I've also had a rather nasty experience involving some stalkiness so I basically just let only the very few close friends know. And I am the same also with irl friends, not nearly all have a clue.
My guildies used to know my name, but I wouldn't accept them on Facebook or anything. Same as you, my friends would've thought it was weird to talk to people online as mates. I also wanted to keep the fact that I played WoW a secret, as did my other mate. I succeeded at it, also, for 5 years! Haha. We always used to joke and mock WoW so people wouldn't suspect stuff. Thinking about it now we were like Dexter haha.
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I don't really share my personal life with guild mates that I've known for 6 to 7 years now aswel. However I don't do this because I'm some child who's embarrassed of what people think and/or think I should be ashamed of playing. I simply don't like using social media nor feel the need to have a facetwitter account ;/
Only thing I rarely share is my facebook information, I could care less about my battletag name being given out.
I told my friends that I play WoW since day 1, but I just tone it down... for example I recently told one of my friends that I only play PvP... like I log on and queue for a battleground... but infact I mostly raid and log on almost every day and greet my guildies like they are my friends. (guess what I'm trying to hide from my irl friends, is the matter of fact that I have grown to make a relationship to someone accross the globe only online...)
Still, I know that 90%+ in here think I should just get some new friends etc.
Just trying to see if there is anyone doing this too =)
Personally, i'm very open about my IRL life mainly because i stopped talk with my IRL friends after highschool. I don't like just ANYBODY knowing about me IRL but i don't mind with players i've played with for a long period of time.
Edit : read it wrong... like you didnt dare to have a facebook... anyway... youre still most likely a wonderful person... ^^
Edit edit... not sure if I should read it as if you think Im a child X) wish I was... my issue has nothing to do with age, in any kind of way.
Last edited by Bombadrol; 2013-02-23 at 02:31 AM.
I do the same for the most part. Only three people I met online, one girl from WoW and two guys I met years ago from Halo, have gotten my RL name and FB and whatnot. For me the social aspect of WoW is unwanted, so I really have no desire to get close to people. Most of them simply annoy me. Of course, I typically only PvP, no raiding or anything, so I have no need for a big guild. It has nothing to do with privacy for me though, I just really have no desire to talk to most people I meet in games anywhere except when playing that game with them. I only have RL friends and that girl on real ID as well, since for the most part I want to be left alone even on the game.
I have yet to read a person in here who understand my situation X)
Conclusion ; I'm a rare kind of WoW player...
I believe during the 2012 senate race, there was a potential senator that got an overwhelming amount of bad publicity for just playing WoW.
Our entire culture has something against WoW players. I do not blame you at all for keeping your gaming habits a secret, and no one else should either.
Some people (like me) are very introverted and would rather have a definite line separating our real lives and our game lives. Some of us just draw the line at different areas. I've given out my name and where I live, but phone numbers and IM stuff sometimes is just going a little too far.
Doesn't matter how long you've known your friends or not, if they attach a social stigma to you and your gaming habits, you can lose them just like that.
I had a cool sig... then photobucket ate my pics and now its borked. :/ oh wells...
I tell you it's something you have to figure out for yourself, which you already have, and you tell me that you have no interest in finding out if your friends actually care or not.
You aren't looking to find a balance - you're fine with being afraid of yourself. WoW is your dirty little secret.
It's okay, you can stop playing the victim.
As far as I know, I have not stated a matter to agree or disagree on... but I could be wrong... I'm a bit drunk... actually at that state where I start listening to Braveheart music... but so far, I can still conclude, that I didn't find anyone with the same issue as me in here.
Because it's absurd. If a friend laughs at you for playing WoW or even disrespects you because of it, he never was your friend in the first place.But few will agree to fear about "real friend" knowing your hobby.
I listen to OSTs all the time. I don't need to be drunk to enjoy them. :Pactually at that state where I start listening to Braveheart music...
Unless I get to know the people for a long period of time I prefer keeping the two separate. I'm one of those people who likes video games because I can shift my irl bothers to one side, so I don't like intermingling them.
On the flip side I'm quite open about playing WoW if the topic ever crops up irl. I'll admit I wasn't open about it at all when I was at Secondary School simply because there were a lot people who are dicks. Now that I'm older and don't have such things bothering me I don't care who knows that I play it.
Last edited by Scummer; 2013-02-23 at 01:11 PM.