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Is ‘Addictiveness’ a Good Quality in a Game?

XPSTAR: After several strenuous hours of grinding, I acquire that final ruby required to upgrade my bow. Performing a gleeful little dance of sweet, sweet victorious victory (with no pants on, as is my custom), I hasten to the armorer, offer my materials/monies, and the new weapon is at my disposal.

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sway_z1161d ago

Judging by the article, it's a slow day for content on N4G today.

To answer the question, if it means you keep coming back to the game, then YES.

admiralvic1160d ago

Without a doubt, it only becomes a problem when you start avoiding your life to keep gaming.

GraveLord1160d ago

That's a whole different issue entirely.

If a game isn't addicting, that means it isn't rewarding. If the game isn't rewarding, its not fun. If its not fun, its boring.

3-4-51160d ago

How many of the best games you've ever played have been games you couldn't stop thinking about or playing ?

of the top 100 games of all time, I'd be willing to bet 100 of them are addicting.

Zha1tan1161d ago

Its not an addiction if you enjoy it and it has been settled that there is no such thing as video game addiction.

admiralvic1160d ago

Eh, if gambling can be an addiction, then so can gaming. I don't know where that research came from, but there will always be people with more addictive personalities than others and that would cause things to happen.

Mkai281161d ago (Edited 1161d ago )

Lets see, Not washing and wearing the same clothes for sometime. If you call out from your job to play video games. Avoiding hunger pains, peeing in bottles. Not associating with people/family but only on the game. Losing spouse, love one because of a game. These are addictions, so I don't think addiction is a good thing.

Utalkin2me1161d ago

Exactly!! I had a friend that lost his house, wife and friends over Everquest. And he didn't realize until it was way to late.

WildArmed1160d ago

I honestly say it's an issue more with the person than the game. They need help.

It's like saying blame alcohol for alcoholics, blame drugs for drug abuse.

Addiction isn't something a game forces on you. A game being able to hold your interest over a period of time is always a plus.

ACEMANWISE1160d ago

The only game I've ever heard of that ruined lives was World of Warcraft.

I'd like to find out what caused such an addiction. I'd imagine that part of it had to do with realtime elements, group coordination, and time consuming gameplay in order to make progress.

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