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Slownes_s #1 Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:53 PM

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Years ago I suggested a good friend of mine to create an account for World of Tanks. The idea was just to test how does the game run on two different computers. Since its performance differs a lot regarding the map, the best way to test it was to play in a platoon which required him to create his own account. And I have regretted the idea ever since.

 

The main problem is that my friend kept on playing the game and got insanely keen to missions. It really escalated when the first marathon mission for WZ-111 started in December 2014. At first I wasn't very concerned because I thought that even if he is playing several hours a day, the mission would be over soon. But actually that was just one of the countless following missions.

 

These days my friend takes part on virtually any missions. If some mission gives for example three times more crew experience, he may spend a whole weekend playing 12 hours a day. He doesn't even enjoy playing anymore, he just grinds and grinds and grinds and thinks only about improving the current vehicle or getting the next one. And more recently he has also started to bother about his stats. If he loses too often and the win rate drops, he totally loses his nerves and starts screaming. And then he plays even more in order to try to fix the win rate.

 

Too late I have realized that my friend has become seriously addicted to World of Tanks. I want to put end to this but I don't know what should I do. The easiest solutions would be to suspend his account or his ISP to block the connectivity to game servers. But I don't have access to do either. So what can I actually do?



basin79 #2 Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:08 PM

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View PostSlownes_s, on 12 March 2019 - 09:53 PM, said:

Years ago I suggested a good friend of mine to create an account for World of Tanks. The idea was just to test how does the game run on two different computers. Since its performance differs a lot regarding the map, the best way to test it was to play in a platoon which required him to create his own account. And I have regretted the idea ever since.

 

The main problem is that my friend kept on playing the game and got insanely keen to missions. It really escalated when the first marathon mission for WZ-111 started in December 2014. At first I wasn't very concerned because I thought that even if he is playing several hours a day, the mission would be over soon. But actually that was just one of the countless following missions.

 

These days my friend takes part on virtually any missions. If some mission gives for example three times more crew experience, he may spend a whole weekend playing 12 hours a day. He doesn't even enjoy playing anymore, he just grinds and grinds and grinds and thinks only about improving the current vehicle or getting the next one. And more recently he has also started to bother about his stats. If he loses too often and the win rate drops, he totally loses his nerves and starts screaming. And then he plays even more in order to try to fix the win rate.

 

Too late I have realized that my friend has become seriously addicted to World of Tanks. I want to put end to this but I don't know what should I do. The easiest solutions would be to suspend his account or his ISP to block the connectivity to game servers. But I don't have access to do either. So what can I actually do?

Try and get him into smack maybe?



890 #3 Posted 13 March 2019 - 07:24 AM

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1. Go to his house, wait for him to go to toilet, install forbiden mods, play few games, make screenshots and video, report him for cheating.

2. Sent him gift via WG premium shop, wait for him to accept gift, go to bank, stop transaction.

3. Screenshots made in step one sent to e-bay as you want to sell acc, report to WG.

 

This will make him play less at least few days if support is fast or even more if they work as usual.



Jigabachi #4 Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:17 AM

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Talk to him. Confront him.
That should be step one.

SiliconSidewinder #5 Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:26 AM

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hey slownes would you share the name of his account via pm? I'd kinda like to see how bad it is.

Obsessive_Compulsive #6 Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:51 AM

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View PostJigabachi, on 13 March 2019 - 08:17 AM, said:

Talk to him. Confront him.
That should be step one.

 

Wow. a useful post!

 

I second this. sit down, have a chat, communication is key. go from there.



Nishi_Kinuyo #7 Posted 13 March 2019 - 10:25 AM

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Tell him to get a girlfriend.

Or even better, a wife.



Babbet_1 #8 Posted 13 March 2019 - 02:48 PM

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Hmmmm. .... Cynical me asks why it is always "a friend" who has the problems?  :sceptic:

Miepie #9 Posted 13 March 2019 - 05:03 PM

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View PostBabbet_1, on 13 March 2019 - 02:48 PM, said:

Hmmmm. .... Cynical me asks why it is always "a friend" who has the problems?  :sceptic:

 

...Because if it was the OP, he'd have more than 10k battles by now, plus the marathon reward vehicles. :coin:

Slownes_s #10 Posted 13 March 2019 - 05:31 PM

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View PostJigabachi, on 13 March 2019 - 09:17 AM, said:

Talk to him. Confront him.
That should be step one.

 

I have tried that countless times but he always manages to avoid the question. It is like he couldn't hear it at all. I have no difficulties to confront him despite that he behaves a bit like an alcoholic; once there are no mission he may spend several weeks without playing a single match but when the next mission begins, he is again playing 12 hours a day.

 

One weird thing is that my friend has never spent a single cent of money on World of Tanks. He says that he don't want to spent money on "such a boring game" but that still does not stop him spending a ridiculous amount of time to get a new gift tank or even to consume as much out of 24 hour premium time as possible. This is just terribly poor business for everyone.



basin79 #11 Posted 13 March 2019 - 05:34 PM

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You can only help those who want to be helped. Whilst it's certainly not healthy to be addicted to anything being addicted to WoT isn't that bad in the grand scheme of things.



Babbet_1 #12 Posted 13 March 2019 - 06:07 PM

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View PostMiepie, on 13 March 2019 - 05:03 PM, said:

 

...Because if it was the OP, he'd have more than 10k battles by now, plus the marathon reward vehicles. :coin:

 

Good point! I hadn't considered that. 

Miepie #13 Posted 13 March 2019 - 06:11 PM

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View PostBabbet_1, on 13 March 2019 - 06:07 PM, said:

 

Good point! I hadn't considered that.

 

...Unless, of course, he painstakingly finished each and every marathon grind only to then never play any of the reward vehicles… Maybe like those comic book collectors who seal the comics in airtight plastic to prevent damage… :ohmy:

Shacou #14 Posted 13 March 2019 - 06:45 PM

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Look on the bright side, at least he is not an alcohol or drug addict.

Homer_J #15 Posted 13 March 2019 - 06:53 PM

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View PostSlownes_s, on 12 March 2019 - 08:53 PM, said:

 I want to put end to this but I don't know what should I do.

 

Tell him you are going to the pub and you are paying.

kisli #16 Posted 13 March 2019 - 06:54 PM

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View PostShacou, on 13 March 2019 - 06:45 PM, said:

Look on the bright side, at least he is not an alcohol or drug addict.

 

How is this the bright side?

Alcoholics and junkies at least have fun while they destroy their life and sanity.



Pi_314159265358979 #17 Posted 13 March 2019 - 06:58 PM

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:amazed:

 

Please, someone tell me the inicial post is a joke... I can't believe it...



Shacou #18 Posted 13 March 2019 - 07:03 PM

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View Postkisli, on 13 March 2019 - 07:54 PM, said:

 

How is this the bright side?

Alcoholics and junkies at least have fun while they destroy their life and sanity.

 

Most people seek for intoxication because they're not capable of coping with reality.
Sad to admit, I'm one of them.

Edited by Shacou, 13 March 2019 - 07:03 PM.


kisli #19 Posted 13 March 2019 - 07:12 PM

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View PostShacou, on 13 March 2019 - 07:03 PM, said:

 

Most people seek for intoxication because they're not capable of coping with reality.
Sad to admit, I'm one of them.

 

Kudos to WG employees for functioning as well as they do.

eekeeboo #20 Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:19 PM

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What if... OP, you're the one who needs an intervention? :sceptic:





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