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I am curious, is there a way you can find out how many hours of play time you have clocked in WOW, Either in total, or by character / realm?

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the answer is almost certainly "too many" –  Seamus Aug 4 '10 at 11:57
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I do know that there’s no way to successfully use this figure in an argument with your spouse. –  Paul D. Waite Jul 25 '11 at 10:51
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For your individual character playtime just type /played whenever you are logged in. There are also a couple of addons available that do this every time you log in with a character and give you a nice overview (I believe "Altoholic" was one of them - can't check right now).

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This is the easiest way to do it, honestly. Unfortunately, it doesn't cover any characters you've deleted. –  TheQ Aug 4 '10 at 13:29
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it is the scariest command in the whole game! –  Mark Robinson Aug 16 '10 at 8:59
    
Altoholic Yeah, it totals each toon's /played. You'll have to log into each one before it "knows" about them. –  Brandon Sep 1 '10 at 0:04
    
Imaging what you could have done with your life knowing that you have consumed (or wasted) 30 days of your life, (in my case i have played that much). And that's 24 hours a day. Not elapsed time. I know some people have racked up 300 days! –  giulio Sep 4 '10 at 12:33
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AllPlayed is a nice addon that keeps record and summarizes the playtime of each of your characters. –  speakr Jul 29 '12 at 22:58
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Some addons (Carbonite for one) will add up all the times on all the characters you've played on, so you get one big number.

What it won't do is multiply that by your hourly wage to see how much money you lost playing it. For me, I'm in the hundreds of thousands lost...

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+1 for mentioning /played*hourly_rate= "oh noes" –  Mark Robinson Aug 16 '10 at 9:00
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Yup! /played will tell you (on each character) how many hours you have logged!

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