The cleverly named Everquest Daily Grind is a blog that collects the stories of those who live with Everquest addicts. Interestingly, sitemaster "J" eschews the sensationalistic stories of cheating partners and criminal activity for the simple day-to-day drama that comes with addiction. The result is a collection of sometimes-touching-sometimes-disturbing tales emailed from across the English-speaking world.
"I've tried tricking myself into letting my own baggage about the game go, for instance by pretending to myself that he's a Ph.D. candidate, say, or a medical student who needs to study all the time and thus cannot fairly be expected to do his share of cooking, shopping, or cleaning. I find myself hoping against hope that I'm not simply being used (allowing myself to be used), and that our friendship is in fact one-sided and wonderfully convenient for him."
I am of the opinion that there are basically two things worth doing in life, cultivating joy and cultivating hope, and this belief has lead me to my current occupation as a game designer at Electronic Arts. Indeed, I tend to marginalize reports of negative effects of gaming as being the result of ignorant mass-media and politicians. Perhaps that is what makes these stories as powerful as they are: pedestrian accounts of ordinary people presented plainly and anonymously. As much as I (and GGA in general) tend to focus on the best parts of gamer culture, it is worth occasionally reminding oneself that sometimes even good things can lead to bad ends.