Perfect example of why "community" forums are poisonous to the health of a development team. These developers are wasting hundreds of hours trying to stem the tide of incessant bitchery that would never, ever abate so long as these entitled, unfortunate human beings don't get their way.
For me it's just a game, and not even a game that I've played in recent months.
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To me it is currently a hobby but it used to be work-that-I-did-not-get-paid-for. Being a GM taking care of recruits/making a roster/making sure everyone is happy/have fair lootrules/be the joker. It was a lot of work. I think I spend about 8 hours a day on it perhaps more. At my regular job I would still be busy with the guild.
I don't think WoW will ever be "just a game" for me.
It makes sense all way round.
WoW is what ever you want it to be.
If you find yourself cancelling and never comming back, then it was just a game to you.
If you keep comming back to it, then you probably should think of it as a hobby. A hobby can be adictive and you are always more forgiving about your hobby than a random game.
A hobby is something you decide to spend your free time on.
Playing videogames is a hobby (unless you do it for a living), wow is a videogame.
The question isn't if WoW is a game or a hobby - I don't even clearly see the difference. The point is that whatever it is, if you rage about it like that dude on the WoW forums, you're probably an immature dork.
It's both, some people take it more serious than others, though.
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It's real life for a lot of people.
It's 100% more than a hobbie for me.
For me WoW is a game but gaming is a hobby.
hob·by1 [hob-ee] Show IPA
noun, plural hob·bies.
1. an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation: "Her hobbies include stamp-collecting and woodcarving."
Playing video games is a hobby.
If you play WoW almost exclusively then you can say playing WoW is your hobby.
Depends on your definition of a hobby. Take the one from Dictionary.com:
This means, yes, WoW is a hobby, even to those people that claim it's 'just a game'. They play it only for pleasure or relaxation and not as their main occupation, so it's a hobby. A hobby is simply something you do for fun and doesn't have a minimum requirement for money or time spend on it, so everything besides work can be classified as a hobbyhob·by
1. an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation