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Video Game Obsessions

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by OSUScoonie12, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. OSUScoonie12

    OSUScoonie12 Sophmore

    Anyone see the article in the COlumbus Dispatch about the video game "disease"? What are your thoughts about this kind of stuff?

  2. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    People can excess in all sorts of thing, including video games.

    So, I think that the idea that video game addiction exists is "true" in the same sense that there is such a thing as an addiction to Gambling. If it - playing a game - causes one to lose relationships etc. (become "disfunctional") than a "psychological" intervention/therapy seems to me to be appropriate...

    Where kids are concerned, it is up to the parents to pay close attention to what the kids are doing, and how much time they spend gaming. I'm guessing a lot of parents - tired after a long day of work... or busy with household running - don't worry about gaming time because it's cheaper than a baby sitter.

    My four year old is all about videogames right now.. to the point that that's all he wants to do. He'll either "grow out of it" or I'll make him grown out of it. That is to say, it hasn't reached some critical turning point yet... But, I'm aware the risk is there.
  3. OSUScoonie12

    OSUScoonie12 Sophmore

    I've been playing video games for about 9 years now and im not just the casual gamer. I play all types of games and play about 3-4+hrs a day on top of a full time job right now, plus college stuff once that is going on. I know there are people out there that need help because of gaming...i personally know a few.

    Games are addicting and i know i have been sucked into some, but then i just step back and say 'i can't let this take over me, i have a life to live'. The obsessions and addictions hasn't hit America that hard yet, it is all in Asia. I read stories all the time about Asain kids playing games for 24+ hours straight. Even heard of cases where people die because they never took a break to eat or sleep while gaming. (And we wonder why they are so good at games, this would be why).

    I also see American gaming more as a casual get together with friends then more of a competition or sport (like Asians see it). Friends get together for LAN parties and just have fun playing games and eating for 24 hours or whatever.
  4. scott91575

    scott91575 Resident hater

    I admit I get addicted every now and then to a game. Yet it always goes away after a while. Of course I can never get into MMORPG's. I don't find them that challenging (or just plain tedious trying to build up a character), and most of the people online are really annoying.

    Battlefield 1942 online is the most addicted I ever became. I used to play it most weeknights. It was always challenging, and not much interaction with online idiots. Of course I was saving money for a house and decided to be a hermit so I didn't spend any money. It's a nice time killer, and was free after the cost of the game.

    I could see it becoming addicting. I know I will take off early from work to get home and play a new game (I already feel a cold coming on July 18). Yet after a week it normally wears off and the game either hits the shelf, or I just enjoy the game every now and then.
  5. OhioState49

    OhioState49 Junior

    i see nothing wrong with video games. i play em, but its hard now since i have football practice. i mean if you ask me, i think they can be good for you. take you out of the real world. i mean it takes you into a whole other world. if your playing a james bond game, ncaa game, or anything that takes you into that. i think its perfectly okay for people to play games, just dont make it your life?
  6. BuckeyeTillIDie

    BuckeyeTillIDie The North Remembers

    Video games keep me off drugs and out of gangs

    ::thumbs up::
  7. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    ad·dic·tion ([​IMG]-d[​IMG]k[​IMG]sh[​IMG]n)
    n. <DL><DD>Habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one's voluntary control.</DD></DL>
    dis·ease (d[​IMG]-z[​IMG]z[​IMG])
    n. <DL><DD>A pathological condition of a body part, an organ, or a system resulting from various causes, such as infection, genetic defect, or environmental stress, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs or symptoms. </DD></DL>
    I think some people are stretching these definitions way too far these days.
  8. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    I'd agree it's not a "disease" but, pick a word then.. it's "Something" Personally, I think there should be an "OR" after the "And" in "Addiciton" and video game addiction would hen "work" as an addicition... Call it a "bad habit" if you like..
  9. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    Call it a "bad habit" because that's what it is--I just take issue with those who want to keep anyone from ever having to take responsibility for their own actions by constantly re-classifying everyday behavior as "disease" and "addiction" and whatever else will get them trading their own will-power for a rehab program.

    If this is disease/addiction, what are the symptoms? Physical weakness? Social maladjustment? "Detachment from the real world"? Those are as much cause as effect for compulsive gamers.
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  10. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    Well, again, I'd agree that disease is not an appropriate word here.. Addiciton I can live with.

    Even calling it an addiciton, there is nothing inherent in "addiciton" which absolves the adictee from responsibility.
  11. PrincessPeach

    PrincessPeach I want to ride my bicycle.

    I agree. I think using a label like "addiction" is a cop-out - a way of shirking responsibility for one's actions and choices. "It's not my fault... I have a problem." Bullshit. Step up and take some ownership of your life...

    Can obsessive gaming be very damaging to real world careers, friendships and relationships? Absolutely. Would I call someone that allows a game to take over his or her life to that extent an addict? No. I'd call him or her a loser.

    (Not saying all gamers are losers, mind you... many are able to balance gaming as a casual hobby - I'm simply talking about those who let it interfere with real life and would rather spend time in their virtual world than with real people.)
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  12. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    The concept of addiction absolves the "addict" from admitting they ever had the power to prevent a substance/behavior from wrecking their lives: it makes an addict consider himself too weak to overcome the effects of an outside agent, thus requiring the addict to "give himself up to a Higher Power" to re-claim that power over his own life.
  13. PrincessPeach

    PrincessPeach I want to ride my bicycle.

    Yes and no. I mean... it doesn't really absolve anyone from responsibility, but it seems to me that people tend to hide behind such a label and act as though they cannot control their own behavior. Too many people use it as a rationalization for their choices.
  14. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    Well, I don't know about that, Bay Buck... I'm addicted to smoking, but I don't blame the cigarette, I blame me for choosing to do it in the first place.

    I'm just saying, it seems to me you're placing too much emphasis on the label... I don't have doubt that you have your reasons for doing so, and to an extent your observations are valid.. there are indeed those who use it as an excuse. So what?

    People use all kinds of things for excuses.
  15. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    And we can either accept those excuses and reaffirm them as reality for those self-deluding individuals, or we can refute them and say "Wake up! You're living in a fantasy world!"

    As for your cigarette-smoking, you clearly take responsibility for your own decision to start smoking (and hopefully would realize your own capacity for quitting if you chose), rather than sitting here defending your continued smoking because you're just too weak for its powerful addictive properties, as many would have us believe is the case with all "addiction".

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