During the Official After Show for Netflix's culture phenomenon series, Stranger Things star actor David Harbour revealed he had "a Night Elf warrior called Norad, and he was [the] second tank of [his] whole guild" in World of Warcraft back in 2005. He admitted he was "wildly addicted" to the MMORPG, so much so that it "ruined his life."
Straight from his mouth: "I played the shit out of this game!" Harbour wasn't a stranger to WoW in the slightest in 2005, which he explained was "the most embarrassing" time of his life after host Felicia Day mentioned the game. He doesn't particularly expand on how much of an addiction he had for World of Warcraft when it comes to hours clocked, but did confirm that he raided in WoW often. Back then, that was a commitment in and of itself.
It wasn't until he got deep into playing The Sims that he realized how WoW impacted his life. "I remember my avatar got to a certain level in his career," says Harbour. "I wanted him to work on his speech and his body, and all he wanted to do was sit around and play video games...I had this vortex moment where I saw my life before my eyes." Through a simulation-styled game, Harbour was effectively jostled out of his World of Warcraft lifestyle, pushing him to manage his life as an actor proactively. And since then - as we all know - Harbour stars in Stranger Things and takes to the stage within its recently-released fourth season.
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Anthony Jones is a gaming journalist and late 90s kid in love with retro games and the evolution of modern gaming. He started at Mega Visions as a news reporter covering the latest announcements, rumors, and fan-made projects. FFXIV has his heart in the MMORPGs scene, but he's always excited to analyze and lose hours to ambitious and ambiguous MMOs that gamers follow.
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