I have to pipe up my two penneth worth regarding this whole charade of wow no-lifers and no skill.
Ive been playing wow on and off for the past 3 years (currently had continuous sub for the last 2 years) and Im married. WoW has at no point affected my personal life, in fact it has become a social aspect of it. My wife plays it with me (two subs, two comps) and a few mates at work also play on the same server as me and in my guild as well.
WoW does require some skill - to say its mashing the same button to make sure you dont wipe in raids is complete bollocks and uneducated as that is like saying all you do in [insert latest objective FPS game name here] is click left mouse button repeatedly to win the round - its rubbish and everybody would know that. There is tactics you have to use to overcome problems, you need to know what to do in which situation, you need to watch out for yourself and attack the relevant person to succeed. Any online multiplayer game requires the same skill. Put a noob in front of any game against other people and they will get owned, likewise on WoW; Stick someone in a battleground and they will be cannon fodder at the first meeting against the other side.
Ive noticed a trend lately that WoW is the whipping boy for people to slate and slag off on every single article posted about it, and I fail to see why as all arguments state something along the lines of its a grind fest and full of no-lifers who have no skill. Ive been into games for years and used to play quake 2 online (didnt have net when Q1 came out) for hours a day with friends and have been into gaming ever since. To me, WoW is just as fun, if not better, than any other online game ive played and I was heavily into RTCW for a long time.
I guess its just the latest internet fad to slag off the most popular MMO game of now and call its players no-lifers when the people who are saying said comments probably spend just as much time on a different online game or at least a single player game and posting on gaming forums.