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Video Game Addiction: Do we need a Video Gamers Anonymous?

Super Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Street Fighter are familiar names to nearly all of us. They are all best selling games of major video game consoles. Over 9.8 billion dollars were spent on video games in the United States during 2001 alone, and video game consoles are present in 36 million homes in the United States (1). With the increasing amount of time that people are spending on video games, one is left to wonder if it is possible to become addicted to video games. Do we need a Video Gamers Anonymous?

Addiction has been defined as "A primary, chronic disease, characterized by impaired control over the use of a psychoactive substance and/or behavior. Clinically, the manifestations occur along biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual dimensions (2)." While there is currently no category for video game addiction in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (3), which is the manual utilized to diagnose psychological disorders, video game addicts are often described by clinicians in the field as displaying many symptoms characteristic of other addictions. These behaviors include failure to stop playing games, difficulties in work or school, telling lies to loved ones, decreased attention to personal hygiene, decreased attention to family and friends, and disturbances in the sleep cycle (4). Withdrawal symptoms can even include behaviors as severe as shaking (5).

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DarkSniper3557d ago

Only Microslaves are in need of this treatment. Microsoft has done the vile task of using manipulative mind control over each XBox 360 owner by sending subliminal messages to the brainwaves through Xbox Live. This creates an addiction to the console which results in pure stupidity and idiocy. This results in Sony Snipers being tormented to reading the uncouth comments Microslaves have made on gaming sites such as N4G.

Psychologists are needed to reverse these evil thoughts so the tormented gamer will not suffer any more torture by playing an Xbox 360. The world is a better place when the entire Xbox contingent will be forced in to purchasing the more superior system, PLAYSTATION® 3.

$niper

ChrisGTR13557d ago

ladies and gentlemen ^^^ theres your first example of a rabid fanboy.

Z F1GHT3RS3557d ago

that is a pure example of a slave who has his mind controlled by sony.
the comment u made describes ur self exactly. mind controll. go to bed slave.lol
sniper got sniped
haha
u got pwned,(u also helped porn ur self lol

Z F1GHT3RS3557d ago

abusement of video gaming.
same foe everything i suppose

iAmPS33557d ago

Gaming is no different from anything else in this world.
If affects your "social" life, well, then I think is a problem and needs treatment.

BrianC62343557d ago

We need a Stupid Websites Anonymous. Forget about games. This topic is really dumb. I tried to read the link but it's just too boring.

Harry1903557d ago

it's better than other kinds of
addiction.no point in arguing.

v1c1ous3557d ago

there's no "better" kind of addiction.

some cause more physical harm like drugs, but the effect it has on emotional state and family can be just as damaging

Big Jim3557d ago (Edited 3557d ago )

The word "addiction" gets thrown around so much these days that the word has lost all meaning. Everything in the world that is enjoyable is now called "addictive". A so-called addiction to video games, or the internet, or exercise, or any of these other fake addictions are nowhere near, not even close, to an addiction to a real drug like heroin, or nicotine. People have got to quit comparing playing video games to shooting up a hard drug. Its just insane.

RecSpec3557d ago

This probably applies more to PC gaming than console gaming. Have heard some pretty messed up stories about MMORPGS. Not even the ones on consoles have had cases like on pc.

Harry1903557d ago

dying after playing starcraft without taking
any pauses ,while suffering from heart diseases,
in korea.yeah,it happens some times.

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