Submitted by Maldread 1100d ago | news

Anti-adiction organization want to limit how long one can play videogames

"Gameadiction Norway" wants limitations for how long people can play videogames in one sitting.

- My son was so adicted to World of Warcraft that he played for 16 hours a day. In the end he had one choice. Stop playing. Or commit suicide. And I`m glad he chose to stop playing, says Åse Mette Østland, from "Gameadiction Norway".

She thinks a message on the loadingscreen like in Metal Gear Solid 4, where it says "You been playing for several hours, time for a break?". Or that your character get`s weaker and more in need for a break like it is implimated in World of Warcraft in China, could help against gameadiction. She wants gamedevelopers to implement such messaures in their games. Especially in online RPGs. (Culture, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, PC, PS3, World of Warcraft)

Publicglutton  +   1100d ago
You have to be a sandwich short of a picnic in the first place to want to die or harm anybody over a videogame."Stop playing. Or commit suicide", see my point!
HammadTheBeast  +   1100d ago
Considering they call themselves "Gameadiction" they can;t be all too bright.

One thing that should be limited is use of money for pointless and just stupid goals.
Erudito87  +   1100d ago
limit how much fast food and alcohol one can consume first
Spenok  +   1100d ago
Seriously. How can they even say this before something such as alcohol. Hell, I can wager a bet and say knives (such as pocket, hunting etc...) that people buy from their local Walmart are the cause or more deaths than video game "addiction."

These people are simple.
tachy0n  +   1100d ago
too bad for console players since they cant edit the files on games, on the PC sure it will have mods or hacks to remove all that BS.
Mottsy  +   1100d ago | Funny
thinking for yourself is so over rated.
lashes2ashes  +   1100d ago
How is a message going to stop people from playing to long? If you play to the point of almost dying there is something extremely wrong with you're brain and you need serious mental health treatment. Playing for that long is way past addiction. I have had friends with major drug addictions and they did not even spend that amount of time just feeding there addiction.
Alos88  +   1100d ago | Well said
I wish organizations like these would stop trying to create a nanny state- we can take care of ourselves, thank you very much.
vitullo31  +   1100d ago
apparently some of us cant! lmfao this is ridicolous
Captain Qwark 9  +   1100d ago | Well said
its simple really.

1. if your an adult who is independent you make your own choices. if you play too long, get addicted, lose your job/family, etc. then your a loser and you deserve w/e you have coming to you since you are weak and have no self control.

2. if your not an adult and your playing those long hours then you have terrible parents and they should be the ones getting help first, then you

nothing else to it. the govnmt or any outside organizations need not be involved. man up and take responsibility for yourself and/or your children and stop trying to blame others and have other people clean up your mess
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Cam977  +   1100d ago
You put it perfectly.
Highlife  +   1100d ago
Couldn't have put it any better!
Rockefellow  +   1100d ago
Just because someone is addicted to video games doesn't mean they automatically are a "loser" and have no self control. There are such things as debilitating disabilities which hinder one's fundamental thought processes. Would you say a schizophrenic deserved to lose their job or is a loser because they couldn't control their outbursts?
HammadTheBeast  +   1100d ago
The definition of "addiction" is loss of self control to the point where it interferes with your life's other parts. Play games as long as you want, but be ready to put the controller down for real life.
CynicalKelly  +   1100d ago
That does not apply to this argument. You cannot get "addicted" to video games no more than you can get addicted to reading or listening to the radio.

It's a fun activity so yes people like it, people come back to it. If they decide to neglect their responsibilities to take part in their hobby then yes. They are a loser.

Comparing somebody who "decides" to take part in their hobby than feed their child to a schizophrenic having an outburst is absurd.
Tctczach  +   1100d ago
I am so sick of people trying to control people and put limitations on things. There are no limitations on binge drinking and porn sites. There is worse stuff that should be controlled more than video game playing time. I know it won't happen but it pisses me off when I see these people push things that looks good to them.
HammadTheBeast  +   1100d ago
Actually most males have a 6-20 minute limit to porn sites before it recharges.
Cam977  +   1100d ago
I'm sorry, but anyone with sense simply doesn't sit on a game for over 4 hours at a time. Firstly the body becomes uncomfortable, boredom kicks in, headaches occur - it really makes no sense. People who do play too long should see a psychiatrist if they honestly have nothing better to do. I'm sorry but it really is quite silly and I apologise if I insulted anyone.
TalesFromTheBud  +   1100d ago
I play for more than 4 hours all the time... I don't think it's an issue but optimally people should try to take a 15 min break every 2 hours i suppose. i don't think that should be mandatory by any means though.
CynicalKelly  +   1100d ago
I believe that is debatable. I only get four hours in my day so I would consider that a long session but on the weekends, I sometimes chill out and play for over four hours.

As for the nothing better to do. It's a hobby just like anything else and if it makes you happy to do it, that means you are winning at life.

Every weekend, I watch the guys across the road from my house who are madly in love with their cars, wash their cars twice in one day because they cannot afford to drive it and have no hobbies.

I don't know about you but I know who I consider the sad fuck tards with no life.
Cam977  +   1099d ago
Twice a day? Hahaha! That is hilarious.
xXBlondieVanHarlowXx  +   1100d ago
Hey hey hey hey hey hey!! I'm not addicted, *sniff* *sniff* *grabs Dualshock 3* i can stop whenever i want :D

Seriously though, some people do need help with this so called "gaming addiction" (very rare awkward creepy basement dwelling red eyed people). BUT please don't try & force this "gaming limitation" thingy on ther rest of us. PLEASE!!! >:(
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wynams  +   1100d ago
Some of these orgs won't rest until we are all emotionless, predictable automatons.
TalesFromTheBud  +   1100d ago
WoW or suicide? really? maybe people need to raise better kids because thats just ridiculous.
wastedcells  +   1100d ago
Never going to happen lol. Last time I checked it was a free country.
Sketchy_Galore  +   1100d ago
The trouble is, with things like videogames the addiction is often more about what they're being used to avoid rather than what they actually do to the addict. I'm surrounded by cretins and bores for the majority of the waking day and forced to act in ways that feel uncomfortable and silly just to get by. My life would probably improve if I came home at night and sat down with a book about furthering oneself in the business world or took night classes in physics but honestly, being able to sit down after a crappy annoying day, crack open a beer and push play on a new game is a great pleasure.

I actually am in favour of those who take the time to argue against wasting one's time on meaningless escapism and I can honestly say I often choose meaningless escapism over self improvement, simply because it's easier and has a much more immediate payoff. You're probably right that many of us waste too much time on destructive hobbies, well then, educate us. Tell us how we're wasting our time with escapism and offer alternatives so that we can make the informed decision to better our own lives. Simply taking away our escapism by force just leaves us as hopeless and lost as we ever were but now without even the joys of temporary escape and relaxation.
CynicalKelly  +   1100d ago
It's the same old case. Blame gaming. If you find a shitty parent, not much is said unless they play video games. If somebody kills a stranger, not much is said unless they played GTA.

I don't know if these guys are jealous they have no hobbies they are passionate about, if they are spiteful old woman or just angry about their shitty parenting skills and how their shitty kids turned out.
Despair666  +   1100d ago
PhoenixRising37  +   1096d ago
allowing your son to play 16 hours in one day is an example of bad parenting over anything else. Don't try to limit other people just because you can't raise your son correctly.

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