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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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    :/

    slaughtered

    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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