In short: We are used to hearing about celebrities who are casual video game fans, but few of them are what you would call hardcore gamers. While he may no longer fall into that classification, Stranger Things actor David Harbor was once so obsessed with World of Warcraft that it “ruined his life” for a year. The only thing that saved him was another video game: The Sims.

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Harbor and his Stranger Things co-stars were interviewed by Felicia Day on Stranger Things Unlocked Live as part of Netflix’s Geeked Week. Around the 17th minute, Day mentions World of Warcraft, and a pained expression appears on Harbor’s face.

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“Oh my God, the most embarrassing thing in my existence,” Harbor says when Winona Ryder asks, “What is World of Warcraft?”

“In 2005, I played this game like crazy!” The harbor continues. “It ruined my life for about a year. I mean, I was just out of my mind. I was wildly addicted to this video game. I was a night elf warrior named Norad, and he was the second tank of my entire guild.”

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Day, the actress who founded Geek & Sundry and former Critical Role host, asked if Harbor was a raider, which he confirmed.

The former Hellboy actor then explained how he escaped from WoW’s captivity. Ironically, another classic game helped.

“You could be an actor in The Sims. You can move up the career ladder, but you have to, for example, work on things. You have to work on your speech and on your body, right?” he said.

“I remember my avatar reaching a certain level in his career and I kept trying to get it to work on my speech. I wanted to just sit and play video games. And then I thought, “Wow, wow, wow, I had this whirlwind moment where I saw my life before my eyes.”

Ryder noted that “an actor playing this game can really blow your mind,” to which Harbor replied, “That’s what I did, and that’s why my life was ruined.”

Harbor, of course, witnessed the rise of his star in later years and is well known today for playing Sheriff Jim Hopper in Stranger Things and the Red Guardian in the Marvel Universe. Sounds like his hardcore gaming days are behind him, unlike his fellow actor, PC assembly, miniature, loving Warhammer Henry Cavill, who says he played The Witcher 3 twice, the second time on the hardest difficulty, and completed Total War: Warhammer 2 six times across six different races.

h/t: PC gamer