Hey, Mr Games Addict! Do you have a problem?
Too much coffee? Check
Problem video game users are:
- More likely to play certain online role-playing games
- Find it easier to meet people on line
- Have fewer friends in real life
- Are more likely to report excess caffeine consumption
These are the results of a recent survey into video gamers' habits, completed by 1945 respondents, which revealed that eight per cent had a problem. The role-playing games are not identified, but anyone with half a brain knows we are talking about World of Warcraft, as exemplified by the unfortunate Erik Estavillo. Erik is not alone in his despair: the website WoW Detox contains more than 45,000 stories, confessionals and testimonials of people with a gaming addiction to World of Warcraft.
Video games fanatics are the latest frontier for mental health professionals, who have found themselves a new huge addiction to define, recognise and treat. [But not beat to death - that's reserved for internet addicts in China.] The jury is out at the American Medical Association as to whether this can be defined as a mental illness. But it is surely just a matter of time before video games addiction is awarded this accolade: too much money is at stake.
So when does heavy video game use become problem video game use? The latter is defined by the team of Australian psychology researchers (who devised the survey), as "excessive use... resulting in various negative psychosocial and/or physical consequences".
The researchers might do a public service if they made the questionnaire freely available online to allow for quick self-diagnosis. In the meantime their summary findings are here, and an AtomicPC interview with team leader Guy Porter, who tracks the effects of video games violence as well as video game addiction, is here.
Life is shit for many people, WoW is fun for many people. That's all there is to say about this "issue". Addiction my arse.
I put in about 4-6 hours a day in the evening once the little kiddies are in bed.
So how the heck am i supposed to go out and socolise instead
Pay for Baby sitter
Pay For taxi
Pay for inflated drinks prices
Talk to people who will very very likley have no intrest that i can relate to e.g. football.
Grab a crate of beer
Jump on TS3 get pissed with my mates
Play L4d2 / CSS / UT2K4 / BF2142 etc etc etc
Talk smack and computers ...
for a fraction of the price aswell .......
now i know why the goverment doesnt like it
they get less tax :((((((((((((
I play 6 hours on week days and and about 32 hours at the weekend over two days... and yes I meet all the criterial above.
As a PC gamer I would say it's the opposite actually.
Generally I see it as those with fewer friends in reality and find it harder to make them turn to video games as they can half a laugh with otehr people they may not know, and do what they like.
Yes there's the odd case of a socialite going AWOL on WoW but it's mostly being stuck indoors on a Friday night bored and by themselves that people play online games.
MW2 is the most overrated game in history btw :P
I'm addicted to Modern Warfare 2