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The Password of Power

April 24, 2008

Mr. X has an addiction. Well, I should re-phrase that. He used to have an addiction, now he is just a casual user. Part of the reason he is a casual user is because I am his supplier now. He can’t partake unless I allow him to. In a transaction that takes less than 30 seconds, he can get a fix.
image: Jean-François Chénier
Lest you should call me a pusher, I should point out that I only enable him when he requests it. So, maybe I’m just an enabler. My method? Password protection. Yes ladies and gents, I have the password to the parental controls on his World of Warcraft account. He can’t play unless I say so.

His brother was his first pusher. He gave him the software for Christmas in 2004. Shortly thereafter, my man was hooked. He played pretty much when he got home from work until bedtime and on the weekends. By early 2007, he was averaging 25 hours a week on top of work. I was beginning to seriously resent the game and the fact that he was constantly playing. When we went on vacation in 2007, where there would be no internet access, he decided that this was the right time to give it up. He went cold turkey and it was so nice to have him back again.

He talked about getting back into it and I would remind him that he had quit for a reason. Eventually, though, he – with my blessing – got back into the game. But, this time we made a compromise. He would play 11 hours per week but I got the parental control password. It is locked until I get in there and change it. And, if he doesn’t get out on time, it kicks him out.

So far, it’s been a good system. He gets to play, I get some me-time, but we also get to spend lots of time together. And, I think he is happier being able to play again because now he uses his time much more wisely and gets more out of the time that he does spend.

And, I’m happy that I have the password. It is also one that he would never, ever guess (not that he’s tried … yet).

3 Comments leave one →
  1. shinejil permalink
    April 25, 2008 3:06 pm

    That’s a great compromise, Mrs. X. I’m so glad Mr. X saw that 25 hours was a bit too much… My guy’s got a minor YouTube and classic arcade flash game addition, but he’s been keeping it in line (most of the time). My only internet vice is…wait for it… blogging. 🙂

  2. FarmWife permalink
    April 28, 2008 8:30 pm

    FarmBoy is currently a Chains 2 junky. While not WOW, it is annoying.

    But after dating 2 major video game/comic book junkies, I can forgive this one vice….as long as he doesn’t hit 25 hours a week.

  3. Sadie Marie permalink
    May 2, 2008 5:23 pm

    What is it about men and video games anyways?!?!

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