How to Quit World of Warcraft

As some of you already know, it’s over.

It was robbing me of my life, my sleep, my creative energy.  True, I played much less than most WoW addicts probably do – something like 10-15 hours a week – but that was 10-15 hours a week that could have been spent in so many better ways.

I finally got sick of its presence in my life, and I got rid of it, for GOOD.  It’s been several weeks since that fateful night, and, while I occasionally get wistful about tradechat leetspeak, I do not regret my decision in the slightest.

One of the things that makes World of Warcraft such a dangerous game to get into is that it is difficult to truly quit, even if you commit to doing so.

Stop paying for you account?  Your characters are still saved – forever- waiting for you to reactivate it.

Delete your characters?  All you have to do is email Blizzard (WoW’s parent company) in a moment of weakness and ask for your babies back, and they will be restored with all their old gear, etc.  And with the hundreds of hours that you put into those “toons,” it’s a big relief to get them back again!

Oh, but I’ll just play a little bit.  I’ll only play on the weekends, okay?  Oh, and Friday nights, cuz I can stay up late.  Oh, well my guild raids Tuesday and Thursday nights – that’s not a big deal, right?  And then I’ll use the weekends to level my alts!

Suddenly, you’re right back where you started.

So here is a step-by-step guide to quitting World of Warcraft FOR REAL.  Do it while you have the guts, and don’t look back!

1.  Take all your auctions off the Auction House.  Vendor everything, or mail it to a friend.

2. Take everything out of your bank.  Vendor or mail to a friend.

3. Vendor or mail everything in your bags.  Then vendor your bags.

4. I know this one makes you want to throw up, but vendor your gear.  Do it!  The real world misses you!

5. Now you have a bunch of gold, right?  Either mail it all to a friend, or give it away on trade chat to the first person who whispers you.

6. Delete your naked, broke character, and take a moment to cry.

Repeat until all characters have been systematically stripped and destroyed.

Now, I haven’t actually tried emailing Blizzard to get my toons back, but I can’t imagine that they would agree to it.  Because, I mean, come on, if they were that lenient, you could make thousands of gold pretty darn fast that way!  Just liquidate everything on a toon, send it all to a trusted friend, then get it all back from Blizzard and split your profits!

I’m so glad I made this decision, though occasionally I still have pangs of sadness for my dear sweet banker, Jezabella, whom I had dressed in thousands of gold in vanity gear, including the Noble’s Elementium Signet and a Sharpened Letter Opener with +22 intellect.  She was becoming a real economic power on my server!

But you know what?  At the same time, she wasn’t becoming anything.  She was just pixels and bytes.  Because it is JUST. A. GAME.

Good luck, and be brave!  The real world misses you!

P.S.  If you are a WoW Widow, keep all this in mind for those times that you husband says “Oh, yeah, I’ll quit!  See, I’m cancelling my account right now!”  Unless he does everything outlined here, he still has an out, so don’t break down in sobbing “thank you”s just yet!


16 Responses

  1. wow…this has been a world and a reality for you that I cannot imagine. Except for the attraction. Good for you (I guess?)…is it actually as addictive as you imply in your post?

  2. Well, Tim, Dan typically plays 20-25 hours a week. My best friend’s husband plays 50. It’s pretty darn addictive.

  3. ohmygosh. this is NUTS. 20-25 hours a week?!! after working 40 hours a week and assuming that you’re playing with your kids and enjoying your family AND going to bed at a reasonable hour (because i’m also assuming that you’re well balanced), how do you still have 20-50 hours a week to play a GAME?????!

    oh wait… it’s not possible.

    good for you, girl. i’m super proud of you for this decision.

  4. Good job! That is a hard decision. I think you are wise, and that because you were thorough you’ll stay ‘WOW sober’.
    My writing class just finished their process essay assignment 🙂 This would have been great to show them for an example! I love reading your blog.
    ❤ Adrienne

  5. I’ve never played WoW. But I’ve wanted to in the past and I’ve always stayed away just because of the effect MMOs have on people. It doesn’t matter who you are, how old, what race, how much money you have in your 401K or how many friends you have.

    MMOs attract and addict even the most hardened.

    I know from first hand experience. A couple of years ago I faithfully played OGame, a massively multiplayer browser based real time strategy. It was a game of numbers and precise commands. I became pretty good, one of the top 20 in the game.

    But unlike WoW OGame had an extra addicting factor. If you want success, you need to maintain an enormous fleet. But this fleet is highly vulnerable. So if you were ever away from a computer you had to send your ships on a mission for a specific amount of time. Undershoot it and your men arrive from their mission too early, you’re vulnerable to attack. Overshoot it and you may wind up having to leave before your ships arrive. Again, leaving you open to attack.

    A tiny lapse in judgment or an extra hour away from the computer spelled the loss of months of hard work. So you ALWAYS had to be online at specific intervals of time.

    Once my wife started to get upset with my inability to randomly see a movie or go out to dinner I knew I had a problem. I was investing 4 hours a night into it.

    I had a friend “crash” my fleet and pick up the debris before I changed my password and gave it away to a faceless person. I’ve been tempted to start again a couple of times, but I’ve always stayed away.

    Good luck in keeping that monkey off your back. Now invest that $180 a year in a nice board game for you and your family every once in awhile. I’ve found those to be much less addictive and life altering.

  6. Well, that’s so true… Both for Ogame and WoW… I just emptied all my bags, sent all my belongings to a friend, posted on my forum (with link to this page ! 🙂 ), kissed everybody, and, well… I have to say this: I feel free ! 🙂

  7. Congratulations, Bonux! I have to be honest, I left one toon still alive after I quit WoW. I thought I didn’t like her, and my family all cringed when I said I would vendor her gear, so I let her be. And… as I pretty much predicted would happen in this article… I went back to playing WoW. Now I’m quitting WITH my husband, which so far is MUCH easier than going solo! I’ve been sober since the 28th, and my account expires on the 13th. I’m still debating whether to vendor my main’s gear, because it’s SO hard! Maybe you can be my inspiration to go all the way this time…

  8. The easiest way for me to quit the game was to give the account to a friend and just realize something. I spent all those hours paying and playing to get gear, to get better, to earn more gold, reputation, whatever, and as soon as I get really kick ass gear, Blizzard spits in my face by releasing an expansion pack with level 81 green items better than my epics ever were, so yeah.. pretty pointless, even if you’re doing it all for fun and to pass time.

  9. This is good advice!
    I’m not sure about Blizzard’s unwillingness to replace things, but I fully agree with the sentiment.

    I know this is an old post, so hopefully you have stayed quit, but I’m trying to build a community of those who have quit so they can help those who are quitting.

    We’d love your input!

  10. My husband is a wow addict for 5 years now invested over 11 days into the game (it actually will let you know how many hours you played from the begining) and I have had many days where I wanted to just smash that stupid computer but he would just buy another one and re install i am sure. I have called blizzard and they told me they would always reinstall all the goods if asked by the account holder. I asked them why they promote this addiction. So there is nothing you can do to get rid of an account unless you log in and sell everything as told above. Also I would suggest changing the password prior to deleteing it to something random and post it in general chat for grabs to anyone that wants it just make sure to delete any credit card information from your account online. I would also suggest to anyone reading this in the same boat. Get your significant other help if they are addicted to WoW. Its not a joke its a true issue we are dealing with. When all that person wants is to play and they say they stop play and lie or are late for appointments because one more hit for the boss , one more bg(battle ground) or one more quest and they dont want to go out because that costs money but WoW is free. I say to them but divorce/breakup isnt 🙂 GOOD LUCK YOU TO ALL THERE IS HOPE

  11. So glad I found this, it might be an old post, but…

    I have been pondering for a while what to do.. all the life problems added too like alienating relationship/friendship, not eating too well etc..

    I just wanna say thank you very very much for putting this up, as this has given me that extra push to strip my chars, delete my account and free the almost 20 gigabytes of harddisk space.

    Once more thank you:)

  12. Free at last…now I can stop believing that the amount of G I have is somehow more real than the amount of real money I have…that the friends online are more real than my real friends…that cell-phone customer service is terrible (ever try Blizzard’s?)…that gear is more important than laundry…that mana and kabobs are more important than water…etc…etc…

  13. I love WOW. I found an awesome WoW guide filled with useful information and tips. I have already made over 30g playing only a few hours. Now, if you only there was a guide on how not to get ganked while questing on a pvp server I would have the ultimate guide!

  14. All those rememdies work well but there’s always a way to restore everything. If you’re serious about quitting, GET YOUR ACCOUNT PERMANENTLY BANNED! You can easily get a speedhack searching through and utilizing it in Warsong Gulch for example. There’s other way but a perma-ban is a sure fire way to make sure you don’t sign back on that account. If you decide to creat another account, well you’re obviously not serious.

  15. Great advice, Richard! Thank you!

  16. Today i spent 300 bucks for platinium roulette system , i hope that i will
    earn my first $$ online

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