An opinion column which talks about real-life problems and how gaming in moderation is a great escape but cannot be allowed to become a crutch.
Quote: "And this is, in many ways, where gaming comes into the mix. You see, we all have problems and we all have to face them every day of our lives. Some of us have small ones; which t-shirt to wear today or whether or not their significant other loves them. Others have slightly more drastic issues such as actual debt and whether or not their significant other loves them after fifteen years of marriage. But at the end of the day, we have videogames and that affords us the opportunity to escape from our problems into another land, at least for a while, assuming we can actually forget about our problems for long enough to effectively do so.
However, all things in moderation, it starts to become a problem in and of itself when we are constantly using gaming to get away from our problems, meaning that the escapism soon devolves into more of a crutch. Suddenly we’re not just escaping our problems for a short while but we’re distracting ourselves entirely from the situation as it stands. We are hiding, in a sense, behind our entertainment. "