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    Do you play mmorpg's when not drawing?

    edit: If you do not have anything else to say than "it's a waste of time", save it. This thread was meant to help me get reassurance that my choice to uninstall 10gb's of games was neccessary, and maybe help others do the same. Thanks to everyone who gave insightful and/or humorous replies on the subject.

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    I have a problem.
    I have the urge to play MMO's, but by playing I "waste time having fun". Time I could have used getting better at drawing.
    However when I try to draw non-stop, I burn out really quick.
    Any tips to how I can focus more on drawing than gaming?

    And oh, I have a GF -so I'm torn between three worlds :'(

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    When you feel frustrated, DON'T STOP! Continue and you might experience improvement on the very same day. Allow yourself to make some bad drawings...The first drawing is allways crap anyway. I would give up on the MMO. If you REALLY are into drawing, it's either that game youre playing, or your girlfriend..

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    You have to pick up speed to stay in motion. When I started drawing seriously I had a hard time starting up, now I have a hard to slowing down.
    Don't give up on all fun things because you feel you have to draw, you don't. Live live, have fun and let art be a part of that.

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    go be with the girlfreind instead man, and do whatever couples do hehe.

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    Play anything else than MMO's. They are designed to make you spend as much time as possible in them. And thats not kidding either, they are litterally designed to eat up as much time as possible. Get your gaming fix from other games, like a blazing quick quake4 deathmatch. You'll have a lot more fun in half an hour than you will get from a day of WOW, and you can get back to your drawing.

    All work and no play makes jack a dull boy, but all play and no work will leave you with no money and no skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash
    Play anything else than MMO's. They are designed to make you spend as much time as possible in them. And thats not kidding either, they are litterally designed to eat up as much time as possible. Get your gaming fix from other games, like a blazing quick quake4 deathmatch. You'll have a lot more fun in half an hour than you will get from a day of WOW, and you can get back to your drawing.

    All work and no play makes jack a dull boy, but all play and no work will leave you with no money and no skills.
    makes me think of the tv show called days of our lives. when they just sit there and watch that show everyday and hear that intro.

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    I haven't played any mmorpg but usually when I realise that I spend too much time with some computer game, I just uninstall it (but leave all save files on hard drive).
    I had the same thing as Floris Didden. I'd also say that as you get better and better, it's easier to start drawing and to do it for longer time.

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    mmorpgxsxz are digital heroin.

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    I've long since kicked the mmo habit...Now Im addicted to GalacticCivilizations2 (just one more turn...)
    Luckily I have ChronoShutdown, which turns off my machine after the timer runs out! Life saver!

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    I really feel that I knew the answer to what I should do about my MMO-addiction. It was great motivation to read your posts!
    It really is a terrible thing to get hooked on. I've been getting worried out of my mind about how my art-skillz progression will be if I kept playing...
    I'm just gonna take a stand, and uninstall the virtual heroin.

    I will draw!

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    i don't do mmo, don't see the attraction, but i am into fps.. counter-strike and tribes mainly. it's a nice stress reliever.

    if it were up to me, i'd draw 24/7, but since it's very hard to take psychologically as well as physically, nature won't let me. nothing you can do about it really, just give each activity you enjoy equal time.. but make an effort to channel as much more of it into drawing as you can take, if that's what you're after. i've had the same problem lately, mainly because i'm in the middle of a semester and my stress level is higher than usual, so i play more games to compensate.

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    :/

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    i got addicted since 2 weeks agi by a MMO. WOW. playin nonstop.
    One of the tendons coming from my forarms to the wrist hurts much now./ THeres a cruciating pain when i straight my whole arm, and its all bandaged/
    its my right hand, i draw with extra caution now. and also uninstalled the WOW.

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    Was a good lesson for me, hope its gonna be for u who play WOW too ^__^

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    I used to play FFXI. Then I played WOW for a while. Takes too long to level up in these games... Too much like work. Plus, who has the time anymore. If I was single I might, otherwise, I'll have to stick with RTS and FPS. RPGs are almost too long for me too anymore.

    There are some really cool ones on the horizon though. I would recommed WOW to those who have the time though.

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    just combine you GF and drawing/painting
    -draw you GF
    -paint your GF
    -paint ON your GF^^

    most girls like being drawn (those I know)

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    Hmm, I don't think you should cut gaming out altogether, but I agree with others about perhaps focusing the game-fix on a quicker game. Or time yourself so you only spend an hour on a game.

    I've had to deny myself a lot of extra-curricular fun while focusing on school. I'm beginning to feel that it drains me of the excitement I used to have about drawing. When that happens, my work goes to shit. You need a break of some sort!

    About the GF--she doesn't draw or play games? That's a shame. My fiancee and I will spend all day together in our studio working on projects. Now that I've got a week out of school, I've been making him play some old-school hot seat games with me. XD

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    SirGreenSock - Nice program. I downloaded it just after you posted.

    Also agree with Slash and Mirana. Some games are entartaining but don't eat much time. Usually when they have gameplay divided into short levels or matches. For example recenly I played minimalistic freeware platformer called N. It has one hundret of short but quite difficult levels. If I can't win some I just give up and try it another day so it's not very addictive .

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    If you want to concentrate on drawing anything with a screen and flashy lights is your enemy. If you absolutly need a MMO, play guild wars, it's storyline is pretty short and theres really not much to do in the game after you've beaten it, untill expansions come out at least. I say go for drawing first, GF second and if there's any spare time in there stick in a game or two that don't require a huge commitment like a FPS or non-online RPG.

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    mmorpg killed my drawing skills cause... I'd play more then I'd draw in a day. =/

    Pretty much my drawing skilled uped cause I quit playing that game.Most of the time I'd do in those games to talk to people and sit intown and chats anyways. xD

    Anyways I play those player fighting games if I want to get out the stress. =]

    drawing first. then gf. then games.

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    I heard of people actually dying caused they played so much EverQuest they forgot to eat. Or in another case someone supposedly killed themselves because their character was erased somehow... What dumbass epitaphs those must have been.

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    The girl friend is a needed factor.
    Drawing is a needed factor.
    MMO's are an optional factor.

    If you are struggling to maintain all 3, lose the MMO. If you give up the girl for a video game, you're a dumbass. If you give up drawing for a girl or an MMO, im going to hunt you down and do unspeakable things. Realistically you should pick entertainment which does not conflict with major life factors. This why i always say... MMO's are the devil. I have good reason to say so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash
    Play anything else than MMO's. They are designed to make you spend as much time as possible in them. And thats not kidding either, they are litterally designed to eat up as much time as possible. Get your gaming fix from other games, like a blazing quick quake4 deathmatch. You'll have a lot more fun in half an hour than you will get from a day of WOW, and you can get back to your drawing.

    All work and no play makes jack a dull boy, but all play and no work will leave you with no money and no skills.
    Muahaha!!!
    no work and no skills, thats you!

    i work to mutch and play to mutch!
    MMO's are lame

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    Well I play both Guild Wars and Ragnarok Online and I admit that the later can get quite addictive, mainly cause of the friends you can make in-game, if you don't socialize in-game in MMO's they get booring fast.. and if you feel you can't stop palying a game just play it nonstop until you get so sick of it you never want to see it again (did that made me physically throw out 3 games...)... but seriously games are nice and everything, but only if you feel you got the time for it.. and when you got the time for it...

    I myself am quite unemployed and only got school once a week so I got all the time in the world (it feels like) to waste on games and other things.. but then I have no life..

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    no, but i am tempted by guildwars.
    now fps on the other hand.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barret_wallace
    Muahaha!!!
    no work and no skills, thats you!

    i work to mutch and play to mutch!
    MMO's are lame

    Rub it in will you..

    I take comfort in the fact that i could draw better than you with a pencil stuck up my ass!



    Oh, i almost forgot, i DO have job now, remember? just nothing art related...

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    Quote Originally Posted by s.s.nails
    no, but i am tempted by guildwars.
    now fps on the other hand.....
    GW is addictive the first week or so then it gets old fast.. but if you want an MMO you won't get stuck in for way to many hours then yea it's good.. and it actually has a decent story line to it

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    Just stay away from world of warcraft. seriously.

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    I never liked WoW. There are other mmorpgs, ya know.

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    yeah WoW is bad news it's just like poker machines (slot machines), takes all your money and your time and ruins yout whole life

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    And it's this kind of stuff that makes me want to put together an art mmorpg.

    LEVEL YOUR ART SKILLZ!!1

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    Fun and MMO are mutually exclusive, on top of that they ruin your existence.

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