RuneScape Addicts

Addicted to Runescape? I was too and it consumed my life. Here’s my story.

Runescape Addicts

Hello, I’m Jason, and I’m a Runescape addict. On a more serious note, I actually was. Runescape was consuming my whole life. I was playing for 12 or more hours a day on weekends and holidays and at least 3 on weekdays. I was obsessed and it was becoming a problem. 

I’m sure many of you can relate to my experience, and maybe not just, or at all on Runescape. There are many other great, fantastic games out there that are potential death traps to those to get into it. Once you’re hooked; like drugs, your attitude towards other things change; you start to think of it constantly; you become antisocial; and overall, you just change. Perhaps, this is extremely over dramatized, but yes, being addicted to games does change you. I’m sure many of you have experienced this at one point of your life with some sort of a game or another.

Here’s my experience: I was introduced to the game by a friend of mine in the 7th grade. I sorta eased into it, playing it mostly because my friends were playing it. Then it started catching on… like a disease, it spread, and I found myself liking the game more and more. I wanted that armor, that weapon. I wanted to “pwn” n00bs. I began playing increasingly. Some of my grades slipped, but I always had high grades and found it very easy to keep up with them. This just exasperated the problem. Because I was able to quickly get through my homework, I allotted myself more time to play, and the more hooked I became. I was enchanted the the friends, skills, armor, and other great aspects of the game. As my real-life friends around me started turning their interest towards other things, I was still caught. I began tweaking and nerding my character in order to progress it further. En-raveled, enchanted, caught, stuck in my own temporal Runescape loop. I enjoyed it at times, other times it made my head hurt after longs hours of the same repetitive motions.

This continued for about 3 years. Towards the latter half of those years, I really began getting into Runescape and poured increasingly time into it. Then, all of a sudden, I no longer had the urge to play. I felt that I’d accomplished everything I had wanted to. I felt as if I had wasted those thousands of hours playing. Looking back, I’m sort of proud of my character that I had built up. I left “him” behind at level 129, with 5 skillcapes. I’m not sad that I left Runescape behind, and I do check on it from time to time. But, now I feel as if there are many better things to do besides playing Runescape. However, I do continue to write articles about it, sharing parts of my expertise for some advertising revenue! Feel free to share you Runescape experiences through the comments below!

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  1. Nedo
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I use to be extremely addicted to Runescape. I started playing it in 2005 and as soon as I started playing it, I was hooked. I started off playing 1-3 hours a day for the first year. I quit for a year after that after I lost all of my stuff on my account. I started playing again in 2007 on a new account. I played 1-3 hours again daily, but gradually started playing more and more. By August 2009, I was up to playing 5 or more hours a day on weekdays and 10 or more hours a day on weekends. I stayed up later and later each day during that summer and by the time school started, I was use to going to bed at 5:00 am. Runescape caused me to neglect doing any of my chores, not do homework, literally FORGET TO EAT (I would sometimes forget to eat an entire day. My diet consisted of cereal and nachos because they were both very fast to make and tasted good), become violent due to things that happen within the game, be really depressed, etc. I had no life other than my life within the game. I never talked to people because I never did anything other than Runescape, therefore I had nothing to talk about. I had a playing time of 125 days (3,000 hours) on just ONE of my accounts (and I only played on that account for about 2 years). I had multiple accounts, but only four in which i played on often. The account that I played on the most was the one that I had 125 days playing time on though. Being addicted to Runescape is a true addiction and it doesn’t happen to everybody, but those do get addicted to it REALLY get addicted to it. There are people that I have heard of that had much worse Runescape addictions that I had. Luckily I was able to quit in late August 2009, at the beginning of my Sophomore year of high school. It was really hard to start talking to people and hanging out with people again, because it was as if i skipped 4 years of my life. It was as if I was in 6th grade talking to 10th graders. I eventually got the hang of it and have become one of the more popular kids at my school. When I quit Runescape, I replaced the time in which I use to spend playing Runescape with doing homework, hanging out with friends, and working out. It has been just over a year since I quit and I have to say that quitting Runescape was the best decision I have ever made in my life.

    For the full story of my Runescape addiction, watch this video that I made that explains everything in more detail.
    You can also read the video description, which explains even more.

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