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Games are like pot, and it's not something to joke about.

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I'm pr0 at gaming, pr0 at life. My friends think it's really strange that I'm a geek yet I'm one of the most athletic in my grade.

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well i know ive left some homework undone in the past because of gaming.... icon_rolleyes.gif
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QUOTE (smarteth @ Oct 5 2006, 05:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How is smoking more appropriate of an example than pot? I know alot of people who take pot seriously and actually have an addiction to it

Otaku, you'll be surprised that MANY middle/high/college students actually have NO self control when it comes to some things and that it's a teenie bit over 1%.


Er. I would like to point out that just because you got addicted and regret it does not mean "most teens" will be addicted. Actually most hardcore games DO sleep so they don't get fatigued. And they DO have to do other things so they can earn money/ education. There is a TINY percent of gamers that actually get addicted to games (Maybe I don't mean addicted. Maybe I just mean "Go overboard")

Seriously, before posting get your facts right.

Also people who think they are "addicted" to games are usually just in a state where they find gaming so enjoyable it overshadows other hobbies/ activities.

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I'm pretty sure the soul purpose of games is to have fun

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QUOTE (o-0 @ Oct 4 2006, 03:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When do you think you'll stop playing games? Do you think that people with high paying professional jobs have time to play games? Do you think any successful(as in a good paying, professional job) has time to play games? If you never play games, you will have time to study and learn valuable things that get you closer to a good college, but playing games is just a waste of time that will ruin your life.


Actually, quite a few high paid professionals play computer games, the CEO of Dell, for one (and yes, there are not many professionals play computer games, but that is mainly because computer games are a relatively recent phenomenon, and that they haven't really had a chance to work their way up the age brackets yet. Of course, there are plenty of professional programmers and network administrators, systems engineers and the like who play computer games.

Also, you are slightly generalising. While I hold the opinion myself that MMORPG's are generally addicting (I played WoW for two years approx.), playing them does not automatically mean that you will fail at life. Many people who work extremely hard at their jobs and in their studies use gaming as a method of relaxing in the precious few hours they get off. I will use the New York Times article on gaming in South Korea as an example. Most of the students there go to school from 8am to 8pm in the holidays, longer during the school term. Most students there use gaming as a much needed release-valve to the stresses of everyday life.

There is no concrete proof that gaming of any kind other than MMORPG's causes addiction, and if you choose to play a computer game for 8-10 hours a day, you then can't turn around and say "it was the games fault" when you fail. Its your own.

My $0.02

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You suck. Seriously, harden the fuck up. Don't talk about unsintalling WOW as if its like getting off drugs

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QUOTE (otaku_4_life @ Oct 4 2006, 12:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Games are not addictive, that's all there is to it. GG, end of story, I win, lock please.

try telling that to your parents icon_razz.gif
QUOTE (Plasmic Fury @ Jul 11 2010, 08:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was in the ocean and I had a frizbee, and some 8/10's were like THROW IT TO US and I just pretended I didnt hear them and swam quickly back to beach.


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QUOTE (Garamiah @ Oct 10 2006, 06:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
try telling that to your parents icon_razz.gif

He probably has...
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I agree with Rodina.

QUOTE (Hellswarm @ Oct 5 2006, 12:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm pr0 at gaming, pr0 at life. My friends think it's really strange that I'm a geek yet I'm one of the most athletic in my grade.


No offense, but the fact that you are bragging on a geeky internet forum somewhat detracts from the credibility of this.


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of course, it could be more than just that.. mental addiction.. hell I could get addicted to picking my nose.. though that's more of a habit


A mental addiction is distinct from a physical addiction however. Doing something because you enjoy it is different from doing something because your body is telling you it needs it. Nicotine causes physical addiction, pot does not.

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If you never play games, you will have time to study and learn valuable things that get you closer to a good college, but playing games is just a waste of time that will ruin your life.


The same could be said of any activity which overshadows all others. Games are just another form of media, like books or films.

I also feel sympathy if all you want to achieve in life is material wealth through a good job.

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QUOTE (Garamiah @ Oct 10 2006, 04:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
try telling that to your parents icon_razz.gif

My mom's all like "OMG UR GUNNA LIEK DROP OUTTA SCHOOL IF U DUN GET LIEK 100% U R FAIL LOL"

But my dad plays BF2, as well, and understands icon_razz.gif.

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QUOTE (Karko @ Aug 21 2011, 07:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
that 12 year old canadian kid who used to play BF2 before going to WoW and becoming addicted

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Funny how people say that games aren't addictive simply because they themselves aren't addicted to them.

I could say that you cannot be an alchoholic because I'm not addicted to drinking alchohol.

WRONG.
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QUOTE (Dgamer @ Oct 4 2006, 11:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
well i know ive left some homework undone in the past because of gaming.... icon_rolleyes.gif



No no u didnt. youn left hw undone becuz of the same reason i do. You're a lazy bastard just like me. I'm so tired of people talking about how addicting a game is and how it ruins ur life and how horrible it is. Look if you call video games addicting then u must call reading, sports and girl friends addicting. And you'd be wrong on all accounts. An addiction mean u physically will have trouble living without something. You play WoW because its fun and you want to see your character develop. Not because if you stop you'll have trouble sleeping and you'll have physically withdrawl like throwing up or becoming sick. I do the same thing whenever I read a good book or now when I have a girlfriend that I really like. I've blew off countless hw assignments because she wanted to hang out or i couldnt put a book down. Theres nothing more wrong with playing video games too much than there is with reading too much or dating too much. So stfu your not addicted your just having a good time. Which is what life is all about. At the most you should just chill a bit don't stop doing something you like becuz a bunch of no nothings say you're addicted.

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I am a gamer for life, but I will continue to have a social life unlike one of my friends. He has almost completly given up everything for WoW and games, he felt people judged him too harshly, and now he quit school, I go over to his house, its just not the same... But I would never stop playing Video Games.

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it's gets on my nerves how every time people make an article/ programme, WoW seems to be what it is all about, and not many other games get mentioned.
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QUOTE (hu6h35y @ Oct 11 2006, 09:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
it's gets on my nerves how every time people make an article/ programme, WoW seems to be what it is all about, and not many other games get mentioned.

they use it because its probably the best modern day example of an addiction in gaming terms. and yes, people do get addicted to WoW.

[edit] for all the people trying to figure out whether or not pot is addictive... why? lol. OP just meant that WoW is addictive, surely you could tell that icon_razz.gif

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I went to rehab to quit WoW. It was pretty serious. I used the newspapers in my room as toilets. I slept with my Mage robe on and stuff. It was pretty intense.

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Psychological addiction does not have to be limited only to substances; even various activities and behavioral patterns may be considered addictions if they are harmful, e.g. gambling, Internet use, usage of computers, sex / pornography, eating, self-harm or work.


Everyone is different and we are all attracted to different things. How about we stop judging people who don't deserve to be judged, and try to find enlightenment out of observed situations.

Spending 25+ hours on a game a week could be considered an addiction. Or perhaps you just had a lot of spare time and nothing better to do. Each case is different and unique in its own way.

If you do something, you like it, and keep doing it numerous times, repeatedly, then yeah. That would be the technical definition of an addiction.

I have been addicted to just being online for two years. I spend at least eighty hours a week on this damn machine, not always playing games. Is it my fault? Yeah. Would I rather be out socializing in real life with people I honestly don't connect with? Fake friendships?

No. I can come online and have fun with good friends of mine. Do I enjoy this? Yes. Is my life more fullfilling because of it? You may think so, but it's obviously not.

If you can master moderation of all your activities, then good for you. That's what it really comes down to.

I dont care what kind of response is given to this, but as long as I can make aware someone that truly needs to realize it, then good.
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QUOTE (o-0 @ Oct 4 2006, 01:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When do you think you'll stop playing games? Do you think that people with high paying professional jobs have time to play games? Do you think any successful(as in a good paying, professional job) has time to play games? If you never play games, you will have time to study and learn valuable things that get you closer to a good college, but playing games is just a waste of time that will ruin your life.


If by "waste your life" you mean "enjoy your life" then this post is dead on! I'll take having time to do the things I want to do so I can ACTUALLY LIVE over a "high paying, professional job" any day. Some people seriously need to get their priorities straight. I honestly don't believe these hardcore business masters or whatever that take verything 100% seriously and never have any fun will be any happier in the end because they wasted their lives trying to get one inch ahead of the next guy. Blah this post struck a nerve.

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http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/dopamine
It's interesting that it's quite possible many of our priority functions can be altered (despite you giving yourself certain priorities, the priority function in your brain may help override your decisions slowly). It's quite possible for a lot of hardcore gamers that in their own brain the priority function has been set in a new specific order, such as: gaming, food, sleep, etc.
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