Every Gamer Widow or Gamer Widower’s experience varies depending on the situation, the intensity of the addiction of the gamer and countless other factors. While many people associate online casinos with game addition, it often ends up being the most seemingly innocent game that hooks one in. Some members of our community have generously decided to give us a glimpse into their experience.
These are their stories. Please note, some of the stories you are about to read may disturb you or cause unexpected emotions to stir within.
Posted January 14th, 2010 by RazorJack
Tags: advice, ex-gamer, intervention, playstation
I’ve been reading some of the posts on here, and was inspired to share my story.
Around six years ago, I found myself in the clutch of video game addiction. I was a young man, had an awesome girlfriend, had a mediocre job, and came from a close family. Nothing seemed to be out of [...]
Posted August 28th, 2008 by GamerWidow
Tags: 38 year marriage, children, separation, widower, WoW
My wife started playing WOW in about December of 2007. Two weeks before our 38th wedding anniversary she came to my room and told me she was leaving me. She wanted to find “something different”. That something different turns out to be WOW. She plays 12-18 hours a day and ignores all other life. She [...]
Posted August 23rd, 2007 by GamerWidow
Tags: children, divorce, EverQuest, in-game romance, infidelity, moving on, widow
I’m not a Gaming Widow anymore. I’m not sure if this site was in existence when I was an Everquest widow, between the years of 2000 and 2003.
He began gaming in 1998 (maybe sooner?), and was a gamer when we were in our courtship. However, it seemed he knew when to stop. He had a job. He was working on his advanced degree. We spent time together and he spent time with his friends. His gaming was relegated to late night and some weekend hours. And since it’s a hobby, that’s totally acceptable. After we were married, it seemed his gaming increased. His friends also joined in the game. Instead of spending time together in the real world, they spent time together in the Everquest world.
Posted February 23rd, 2006 by GamerWidow
Tags: addict, addicted, Diablo, ex-gamer, quit, story, Warcraft
This is the story of how I got un-addicted to video games and had a blast while I was at it. I was addicted to computer games, Diablo and Warcraft. I became so obsessed it was all I could think about. If I wasn’t playing I was devising strategies in my head. Eventually I could not tear myself away from the screen even to greet family at the door. My wife started referring to herself as a Video Game Widow. My finances were going down the toilet.
Posted September 26th, 2005 by GamerWidow
Tags: action, calm, marriage, renewal, surviving, talking, widow
I joined the gamer widow ranks but a month ago, stumped on how to proceed with my husband being “gone” so often that the “widow” title seemed fitting. This was not to say we weren’t in love. We were. In fact, we were still so in love that I would sometimes catch myself in the very process of memory-making and think, ” This is what it’s all about, we have it, it’s here”. Lack of love was not the problem. The problem came when this enjoyment of such moments was eclipsed by the fear that the sun would go down with these “lovers” in separate rooms.
Posted June 3rd, 2005 by Lyoness
Tags: neglect, overcome, pain, quit, surviving, widow, World of Warcraft, WoW
Currently I’m a ‘WoW Widow’ also known as a World of Warcraft widow. World of Warcraft is a very popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing game, MMORPG, created by Blizzard Entertainment. My hubby started playing almost as soon as WoW, World of Warcraft, was released. Recovering from being a SOCOM II and Final Fantasy Online widow, I really tried hard to not get him the game and so I held out till about Christmas, but then his really good friend got it for him, so what could I do?