The Face of Video Game Addiction – Quinn Pitcock

Quinn Michael Pitcock played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks before hanging up his cleats to depression and a Call of Duty video game obsession. After a railroading interview on the Katie Couric show this past summer, Quinn joins the podcast to clear the air on where he stands with video games and how he's used the experience to move forward.

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MrCastle1607d ago

Jeez, here I thought I had an addiction trying to beat Arkham City with 100%.

iceman061607d ago

From what I remember, and I could be wrong, this guy was injured before he fell into depression and video game addiction. Not to say that the games had NOTHING to do with his situation. But, the games were a way of coping with his ultimate "addiction" which was the competition of sports. (IMHO) You see the same self-destructive behavior with athletes that are forced to retire due to age or injury. They usually follow the casino and gambling route. However, it's still the same gotta stay competitive and on edge mentality that they had while playing their respective sports.

DoublePlusGoodGames1607d ago

Iceman06, I think you are dead on with this.

He mentioned on the show he was in the top 300 of team deathmatch players in CoD which is no small feat. It takes almost a fanatical level of dedication and intensity in order to compete against those players and that's exactly what you'd think an athlete would do if he had no other outlet (because of an injury).

There's a lot more at play here, but we wanted to help him clear the air that he didn't blame games (and that he still plays them) for his affliction. Hey, anything to keep this guy out of the casino, am I right?

iceman061607d ago (Edited 1607d ago )

I just vaguely remembered the "controversy" when it was ongoing. They covered him on some of the NFL shows and were assuming things that even he hadn't said. It's a pretty deadly cocktail of depression, inability to play, and the need to be competitive.
Glad that you guys covered this because I wondered what ever happened to him and how he was dealing with things. I don't deny that there is a such thing as video game addiction. I just believe that there are more pressing and underlying issues to them than just games. They are not at all like drugs and alcohol, which directly effect the body. It's more psychological...which suggest deeper issues with the gaming being an outlet.