Gaming addicts VS. Drug addiction...can gaming be just as bad?

First and foremost, read this article before you judge and comment on it by the title alone. Some people seem to go on the offensive and leave uninformed comments going off of a stories title, without reading the article....

....Okay, now that that's out of the way, let's begin.

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guru95352759d ago

I heard about that football player. its a shame he could'nt get back.

darthv722759d ago (Edited 2759d ago )

I am 38 years old. I own almost every console released since pong. Both foreign and domestic. I cant tell you how much my entire game collection has cost me but one thing is certain, I have something to show for it.

Unlike a drug addiction, where the money spent goes to the drugs and then consumed, my gaming addiction is physically present in my home. Systems and games that are worth more than originally purchased as well as ones who's value is significantly lower.

I would hate to admit this but I will. My gaming habits since childhood has amassed a sizable amount in the rough estimate $25-30k+. That is taking into account the amount spent over the course of the years.

My tag is darthv72 and I'm a gameaholic.

Solidus187-SCMilk2759d ago (Edited 2759d ago )

GAMING is NOT an ADDICTIVE substance, period. It can be a bad habit, but you will not be addicted to gaming like you will drugs. I have a bad habit of masturbating, im not addicted. I wont feel terribly sick or nearly die if I dont get my fix. No one will ever be addicted to videogames like people are addicted to drugs.

Look at Ricky williams, he lost his NFL career for smoking weed, and is back now. Who ever the player who lost their job for videogame addiction is a moron and weak minded. Does anyone believe Tiger woods is a sex addict? FUCK NO. its an excuse to do what you want. Ohh im "addicted" so thats my excuse for doing what I want.

Gaming addiction is just an excuse for morons who let gaming take over their lives. If I spend all my time petting my dog and fail out of school, will people believe me if I say im addicted to petting my dog? NO they will say im an idiot who spent all day petting the dog.

If you believe a so called gaming addiction, is anything like drug addiction you are clueless.

Gaming "addicts" game too much because its what they want to do, and they are greedy. Many Drug addicts NEED their fix. Many of them may even want to stop but cant. There is no "gaming addict" who cant stop gaming when they TRULY want to.

To quote a movie I like "you ever suck dick for" videogames?

darthv722759d ago (Edited 2759d ago )

Oddly enough what some would call a bad habit, others call addiction. It depends on the point of view. From the outside you see someone who is a hoarder and you think they need to clean their stuff up. That is a bad habit.

On the inside that person is addicted to the nature of keeping things. They dont think they have a problem at all which is the sure sign of an addict. Denial.

Your first comment is quite funny however. "GAMING is NOT an ADDICTIVE substance, period." Naturally it wouldnt be a "substance". I had to lol at that for a sec but I knew what you were trying to convey.

Anything can become an addiction. It depends on how deep you want to take it. Some would call me a serious collector. I am an addict, I can admit that. Spending every $$ on games and accessories can lead to a very poor (no pun intended) lifestyle.

fanboybeater12759d ago

Me too, that just happened, did'nt it?

jinofthesheep2759d ago

hmmmm rather rubbish article i've got to say. not much in the way of structure and doesn't really make any concrete points. if it's actually a problem, how about using concrete facts/case studies. the mother killing the baby over farmville sounds very unlikely, but if it's true then it's probably not just due to the game. it really isn't on the same level of drug addiction though, that's a ludicrous suggestion. not a very good article, but i bet it'll generate heat on here for no other reason the fact that it stirs...pointless...if it was written properly, i wouldn't have an issue with it, but it's not so i do...

kmr19772759d ago

I disagree. I thought it was pretty well written and interesting. Good for him too, staying sober. My dad is in AA and has been for years, before he was, he was a drunk dick.

jc485732759d ago

I'm going out for a cigarette.

moogle842759d ago

Well it can definitely be very bad for your sleep patterns.

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