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Because real life sucks.
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Yeah im addicted to it. I spend a lot of money to build up my character.
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Im a gamer
A hardcore gamer

Addiction is:
When you skip school to playand that your grades goes down.
When you take days off work because you wanna play.
When its change the way you act and feel towards your familly/friend/husband/wife.
When you cant keep yourself from playing in inappropriate place (work, familly party, others people houses while party)
When you base yours schedule on something (raid, notorious monsters spawns, etc)
Its when your roomate take the wire that connect your computer to the wall because you play too much... and that you secretly go buy a new one.

I think most the addiction imply MMO (Massive Multi-Players, aka "game online" ) because the game just never end. You always want more and more... better gears, betters rewards, better positions, better power... Its just never stop.

Also, imagine he guy who does particulary look good, bullied in school... but online he is a all mighty paladin, rich and powerfull, where his skills are rewarded and where people respect him and admire his skills.

Its a place where those who dont fit in this godamn society full of BS can go and be themself. Away from this society where when you not skinny, not beautiful, not sexy, not straight, not "normal and perfect" ... you get rejected, abused, bullied and humiliated.

Videogames arent the problem. The real problem is society that is so bad... that people are in desesperate need to find a better place to be...
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THIS BEING SAID:

Videogames arent a dangerous thing.
I hate how you guy seem to see it like the new evil.

Its a hobby. Some people play Hockey, others paint... I play videogames.

If you stay strictly online, for 20$ a months, you have hrs and hrs of fun and game play. Its a 20$ very well invested.

Yes you can die out of it. Its like Skii... i bet you my entire pay check that more people killed themself skiiying than playing videogames. No one makes drama about it tho. The people that died out of it all had psychological problems. If it wasnt videogames, it would have been addicted to something else anyway. Dont judge something for only 3 extremist.

Videogames is actually good for you... its really breaks borders and teach you that difference is just another way of looking at things. Online, no one cares about your age, culture, color, sexual orientation, religion, etc... If you are a good warrior, then we need you in. We dont care that you are 74 y.o. or 14 y.o. ... as long as you do the job and can follows orders, think quick and learn to stay calm and react fine under pressure. We dont care if you have goods grades, if you are ugly or pretty... I think videogames is the only place where the superficial dont matters... only who you really are...

Teach you to cooperate. Teach you organisation. Teach you loyality. Teach you business. Teach you way too much to be put aside and considerated as a bad thing.

Anyway... im getting off topic more and more now.
I could tell yu until tomorow how much videogames are amazing ^_^ but i'll spare y
ou ^_^
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Its more like me to be computer addiction to computer Games addiction.....
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it's kinda hard to explain how people have an addiction for computer games.for example:my 12 yr old brother is addicted to runescape and ever since then,he stopped excercising and gained 20 lbs. and yet he is still addicted to runescape
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Video Games don't kill people. People kill people.

Video games are a scapegoat for politicians and "experts" who don't wanna deal with real problems, like AIDs or wars.
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ScytheRayne wrote:

Video Games don't kill people. People kill people.

Video games are a scapegoat for politicians and "experts" who don't wanna deal with real problems, like AIDs or wars.


Umm....AIDS and Wars dont kill people, people kill people!! xD see? easy to say isnt it?

What you seemed to miss, and its easy to miss btw so dun worry, is that all these things are created by humans. Your 'People kill people' is correct, however, computer games are but one medium thru which we kill one nother so technically, they're just as bad as AIDS and Wars. =/

(And Im a gamer ><)
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dolores_ wrote:


Dreos wrote:
People have even died whilst playing computer games for extended periods of time.



just wondering, how did that person die whilst playing a video game?


Malnutrition and sleep deprivation...basically, he didnt let his body recover enough =/
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Dreos wrote:


ScytheRayne wrote:

Video Games don't kill people. People kill people.

Video games are a scapegoat for politicians and "experts" who don't wanna deal with real problems, like AIDs or wars.


Umm....AIDS and Wars dont kill people, people kill people!! xD see? easy to say isnt it?

What you seemed to miss, and its easy to miss btw so dun worry, is that all these things are created by humans. Your 'People kill people' is correct, however, computer games are but one medium thru which we kill one nother so technically, they're just as bad as AIDS and Wars. =/

(And Im a gamer ><)


What you seem to miss, and its really easy to I'll point it out, is that Video Games are not a medium for killing people. See? I've never, ever seen anyone kill someone else with a video game.

Because its impossible. Due to the fact that they are electronic information displayed on a screen that is read by a class-2 laser within the console,tower etc. And AIDs does kill people unfortunately.

Video games don't kill people, people kill people. People don't kill people with video games.
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ScytheRayne wrote:


Dreos wrote:


ScytheRayne wrote:

Video Games don't kill people. People kill people.

Video games are a scapegoat for politicians and "experts" who don't wanna deal with real problems, like AIDs or wars.


Umm....AIDS and Wars dont kill people, people kill people!! xD see? easy to say isnt it?

What you seemed to miss, and its easy to miss btw so dun worry, is that all these things are created by humans. Your 'People kill people' is correct, however, computer games are but one medium thru which we kill one nother so technically, they're just as bad as AIDS and Wars. =/

(And Im a gamer ><)


What you seem to miss, and its really easy to I'll point it out, is that Video Games are not a medium for killing people. See? I've never, ever seen anyone kill someone else with a video game.

Because its impossible. Due to the fact that they are electronic information displayed on a screen that is read by a class-2 laser within the console,tower etc. And AIDs does kill people unfortunately.

Video games don't kill people, people kill people. People don't kill people with video games.


Please referre to both the name of this thread and the recent content. Thats the bit about people dying because they played games too much....cause they were addicted.....they....died. That means that they effectively killed themselves no? And the people who buy the games for the addicted gamers? well...are they to blame? Dont answer that question please as I have already pointed out, this thread is about computer game addiction, not 'Excuses people use for stuff'. If you would like me to create a thread containing this topic, let me know and Ill put one up in the 'Extended discussion' section and you can share any knowledge you have on the subject.

Thank you

P.s. Im pretty sure that force-feeding someone a computer game would cause severe if not fatal lascerations in their internal organs =/ please dont try this at home.
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i am addicted to ms
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today at around 1:40 pm I quit the World Of Warcraft.......after 3 years...
Addiction over...
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games are like drugs and siggs when you step in them there is no escape!
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Before going into technicalities, I have to say that I don't think gaming addiction is good. I think it destroys people's lives. In fact, I'm so disturbed by yet interested in gaming addiction and internet addiction that I want to do my research project on it.

Ok technicalities... by definition, something becomes an addiction when a person does this one single activity to such an extent that it affects all other activities in his life. However, it does not necessarily mean that you do not do anything else (though in extreme cases its possible).

A sign of being addicted are if you plan your daily activities around this one single activity. You plan to take so much time to do your homework, to take dinner at such a time, to go out with friends for only 2 hours, all because you want to play computer games. Or, if you're a WoW player (like I am) you plan all your meetings on the day they are having server maintenance. That is one tell-tale sign of addiction.

Another sign of addiction is withdrawal. You feel uneasy, can't sleep, etc, when you don't get your "daily dose" of the activity. Your body actually begins to "crave" this thing as if you had a "hunger" for it. If you just have to play your computer game or you'll end up tossing in bed the whole night you're an addict.

Actually, the DSM-IV (the psychological manual people use for classifying abnormal behaviour) has a certain criteria to be met before classifying something as an addiction, but I won't go too much into that. However, one point I have to state is that for something to be classified as an addiction, the unnatural obsession must be carried out over a long period of time.

And then on to some of the questions you asked in your opening post. Actually, most people who are addicted to computer games are addicted to MMOs. Sure, single-player games are fun and exciting and all but it seems more like it becomes a sort of "obsession" for a short while rather than an addiction. I mean, after clearing the game and repeating it a few times over, they seem to lose their flavour, so its hard to be addicted like that I guess. I do think there is a possibility of serial "obsessions" so to speak turn into an addiction though. And when you want to think about online gaming addictions, there is definitely a social dimension to it and in that sense it's similar to internet use. Reasons for this are less clear at this time.

Another thing you mentioned was about people dying. Seriously, blaming games for people dying is going overboard. I mean it. People can die from drinking too much water, running too much (which people can get addicted to as well) and even staying in the sun too much (from cancer or dehydration). OMG!!! THEY ARE SO BAD! I MUST STOP DRINKING WATER/STOP RUNNING/STOP GOING OUT! Yeah right. Bottom line: games are meant to kill people as much as those things are so its really not the point. Addiction kills people, not games.

For those who think its too long:
Yes its possible to be addicted to games, and its no good to be addicted, like its no good to be addicted to a thousand other things. I even have a lot of technicalities about addiction to talk about. But blaming games for killing people is silly.
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cardmage wrote:

Before going into technicalities, I have to say that I don't think gaming addiction is good. I think it destroys people's lives. In fact, I'm so disturbed by yet interested in gaming addiction and internet addiction that I want to do my research project on it.

Ok technicalities... by definition, something becomes an addiction when a person does this one single activity to such an extent that it affects all other activities in his life. However, it does not necessarily mean that you do not do anything else (though in extreme cases its possible).

A sign of being addicted are if you plan your daily activities around this one single activity. You plan to take so much time to do your homework, to take dinner at such a time, to go out with friends for only 2 hours, all because you want to play computer games. Or, if you're a WoW player (like I am) you plan all your meetings on the day they are having server maintenance. That is one tell-tale sign of addiction.

Another sign of addiction is withdrawal. You feel uneasy, can't sleep, etc, when you don't get your "daily dose" of the activity. Your body actually begins to "crave" this thing as if you had a "hunger" for it. If you just have to play your computer game or you'll end up tossing in bed the whole night you're an addict.

Actually, the DSM-IV (the psychological manual people use for classifying abnormal behaviour) has a certain criteria to be met before classifying something as an addiction, but I won't go too much into that. However, one point I have to state is that for something to be classified as an addiction, the unnatural obsession must be carried out over a long period of time.

And then on to some of the questions you asked in your opening post. Actually, most people who are addicted to computer games are addicted to MMOs. Sure, single-player games are fun and exciting and all but it seems more like it becomes a sort of "obsession" for a short while rather than an addiction. I mean, after clearing the game and repeating it a few times over, they seem to lose their flavour, so its hard to be addicted like that I guess. I do think there is a possibility of serial "obsessions" so to speak turn into an addiction though. And when you want to think about online gaming addictions, there is definitely a social dimension to it and in that sense it's similar to internet use. Reasons for this are less clear at this time.

Another thing you mentioned was about people dying. Seriously, blaming games for people dying is going overboard. I mean it. People can die from drinking too much water, running too much (which people can get addicted to as well) and even staying in the sun too much (from cancer or dehydration). OMG!!! THEY ARE SO BAD! I MUST STOP DRINKING WATER/STOP RUNNING/STOP GOING OUT! Yeah right. Bottom line: games are meant to kill people as much as those things are so its really not the point. Addiction kills people, not games.

For those who think its too long:
Yes its possible to be addicted to games, and its no good to be addicted, like its no good to be addicted to a thousand other things. I even have a lot of technicalities about addiction to talk about. But blaming games for killing people is silly.


Blaming the games is silly, agreed, but I think most people here have the point of view that its the gamers fault and not that of the game. Although some may argue that if the game had more 'addiction' safety measures, deaths would be much more rare.

Addiction to almost anything can result in death very easily, computer games is but one.
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