Created by RPPuzzle
First  Prev  1  2  Next  Last
Is Video Game Addiction real?
34911 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / F / Utah
Offline
Posted 12/9/12 , edited 12/10/12
And feel free to discuss the issue here. Like how much time does someone have to spend playing them to be addicted? What makes video games addicting? What video games have you gotten addicted to?

I know I definitely spend way too much time on video games, but I think I'm more addicted to anime or the internet at the moment.
27418 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
28 / M / Eureeka's castle
Offline
Posted 12/9/12
i love video games, but i would never put them before the important things in my life.
26413 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / M / West-Central Florida
Offline
Posted 12/9/12
Right, I agree with esavsage. The only difference is that I really don't have many important things in my life.

33453 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
M / ミシガン
Offline
Posted 12/9/12 , edited 12/9/12
For question 2 of the survey, it's missing the "Fighting" genre, which is one of my favorites.


RPPuzzle wrote:
Like how much time does someone have to spend playing them to be addicted? What makes video games addicting? What video games have you gotten addicted to?

As a former addicted gamer, I can say that when games become a main part of your life, it has the potential for major problems.
Also, I don't want to put a number on how many hours it takes a person to be considered addicted. I think it depends on the responsibilities of each individual. But if a person is putting videogames ahead of their spouse (which I hear happens a lot in marriages), family, friends, work, school, etc., then they have a problem or problems which need addressing. Although, with all the responsibilities each person should have, and if I had to give a number, I feel 20 hours or more a week spent gaming would be a red flag.

What makes video games in general addicting and attractive is that it provides an easy escape from the real world - and of course, a whole lot of entertainment. RPGs, in particular, where gripping storylines and interesting characters abound, excel to such a high degree in creating a fantasy world which one would love to live in, if it were possible. I've spent a lot of time on dozens and dozens of RPGs (since the 1990s) so I know what that is like. And when things in the real world aren't going well for a person, it fuels the desire of escaping into a fantasy world all the more, and completely immersing themselves in it.

I won't list all the games I've been addicted to, but I will say that RPGs and strategy games are the ones I've been addicted to the most.
34911 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / F / Utah
Offline
Posted 12/10/12
Hey huge thanks to those who took the survey. It's at 80 people and he needs 100, so keep taking it if you haven't! :)

I use video games and anime to procrastinate important things I have to do, like writing a paper or something. But I eventually get to those things and complete them, even if it's at the last minute super stress mode. For the most part though, like mwitco91, there aren't many important things to do in my life besides school.

And Suikojay, yeah I used to be addicted to Diablo II for 2 years. And yeah I think responsibilities neglected is what makes it a real problem. My brother's friend's ex-wife put WoW ahead of her husband, so they ended up breaking up :-/. So it definitely does happen.

Good points about what makes games addicting I agree with you. When things in real life get tough, you use video games to avoid it and thus making it so that you might get addicted.
4413 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 12/10/12
Wow wat a coincidence o_o

today, i heard from a teacher that game designers are hiring psychologists to make video games more addicting and IT IS becoming a real problem

I think ppl grow out of that addiction eventually tho wen they "open their eyes"
honestly, i think the real addiction comes from MMORPGs when every1 is trying to be "the strongest" and gotta get "the best gear" >_>

one thing's for sure: anime is NOT an addiction unless ur some1 crazy trying to watch every single anime out there....
Posted 12/10/12
Yes game addictions are real. An individual can become addicted to practically anything these days. I used to be addicted to Team Fortress and Maplestory, but thankfully they were short lived. I love the games, but they're not more important than doing important activities.
33453 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
M / ミシガン
Offline
Posted 12/10/12 , edited 12/10/12

chili17 wrote:
I think ppl grow out of that addiction eventually tho wen they "open their eyes"

Unfortunately, it took me about 18 years before the addiction stopped, and that was only because I found myself...... well, unfulfilled and empty playing games.



one thing's for sure: anime is NOT an addiction unless ur some1 crazy trying to watch every single anime out there....

Lol, I used to try to collect every single anime ever created as well as trying to watch all of them too. So I guess I would classify as someone crazy.

mystic17 is right, anything (porn, games, anime, sports, music, etc) in which you start neglecting the important things in one's life, I would classify that as some kind of addiction which needs addressing asap.
Revolver Dogelot
72940 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
36 / M / somewhere that is...
Offline
Posted 12/10/12

Nyuboom wrote:

No? Pft ... why would anyone ever think that?!


Hmm while I can appreciate your post the image was maybe a bit much for the CR Forums. Try to keep any images you link fairly "safe", for example images with profanity and mostly naked women may be pushing the "safe" boundary a bit much.
34911 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / F / Utah
Offline
Posted 12/10/12 , edited 12/10/12
My thanks to everyone who answered my brother's survey. He managed to get 100 responses thanks to you guys! CR users and forums are the best!!! :D

I'll post the actual results later, but off the top of my head (may or may not remember correctly):

The most popularly owned systems were Wii, DS, and PS2. Least popular was PSP Vita like 3 people owned it.

And 60% of people said they didn't know a marriage extremely affected by game addiction, 40% said they did know of one.

Also 40% said they themselves were addicted to games or knew someone that was, 60% said they didn't.

Most people liked RPGs followed up by MMOs.

Most people play single player games (like about 35 people) then about 25 said multiplayer games with others, another about 25 said multiplayer games online, and 5 said they didn't play video games.

15-20 hours a week is a red flag for playing a video game too much.

Most people thought the average gamer age was 20-25, 1 person said 12 and under.

Oh and 58% of people who took the survey were female, and 42% were male.





one thing's for sure: anime is NOT an addiction unless ur some1 crazy trying to watch every single anime out there....

Lol, I used to try to collect every single anime ever created as well as trying to watch all of them too. So I guess I would classify as someone crazy.

mystic17 is right, anything (porn, games, anime, sports, music, etc) in which you start neglecting the important things in one's life, I would classify that as some kind of addiction which needs addressing asap.


Yeah...I think I'm crazy too then haha. Well I want to watch every mainstream (shows up at anime cons) and shojo-ai or higher category anime out there anyway. Well all the good ones. And I know two guys who I swear they're pretty dang close to having seen every anime ever.

But yeah I'd agree with you guys, anything can be addictive if you do it so much that you neglect stuff.

Also @chili17, do you happen to know where your teacher heard about that? I googled it and found an ABC article, but I wonder if your teacher was talking about something else?

And @Nyuboom the American Psychiatric Association would answer "no" to this poll question because they think there's not enough research to qualify it as a real diagnosable addiction. Article about it: http://abcnews.go.com/US/game-theory-video-games-addictive/story?id=17897574#.UMbXsHcvlsB
2424 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
30 / M
Offline
Posted 12/10/12
It's a good way to forget about reality and focus on goals that are free. Which is stupid, but in a way, it could be more wise to save all your imaginary in-game money for awesome items that you don't need than it would be to do something similar with real money because you had no other hobby and were too bored.
Posted 12/11/12 , edited 12/11/12
yes gaming addiction is real ive played every day sense i was 5 yrs old i still cant stop playing video games they are way to fun but to me its not a addiction its what i love and really the only thing i truly in joy doing next to watching anime
5 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 12/11/12
I do believe that kids and even teenagers get addicted to games. My 11 year old likes to play angry birds for some time everyday. And I find that fine. As long as he doesn't do it all the time, it is OK. I also have a free program called Qustodio installed that allows me to watch and monitor what he does on the web. It also has a great reporting feature allowing you to view data for the last 30 days and I can also watch the profile pictures of people with whom he chats with on Facebook. It's available here www.qustodio.com. I do believe that as long as kids don't cross a boundary, it is fine to leave them alone. But back-door monitoring is essential.
Posted 5/2/13
Yes, I am addicted to video games.
14498 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
24 / M / SoCal
Offline
Posted 5/2/13
I strongly believe that you can be addicted to anything. When the stimulus becomes the reward it creates a cycle and if one grows attached to that cycle and has problems when it is interrupted than I believe it can be classified as an addiction. As far as I am concerned I am addicted to video games, though it does not go to the extent to harm other aspects of my life, I have a job, friends and a girlfriend who I regularly spend time with, and am a student.

It relieves stress... unless I play cod.
First  Prev  1  2  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.