The Truth About 'Video Game Addiction'

When one of World of Warcraft’s top ten guilds recruited Cam as their chief hunter, his suicidal thoughts surged. To earn the enviable invitation, Cam had spent 16 hours a day grinding on WoW, to the detriment of everything else. He told his father he’d scored a job at a local restaurant, but every day after his dad dropped him off at the McDonald’s across the street, Cam would hop the first bus home and log back on. There was no job. There would be no paycheck. Cam’s only obligation was to his night elf hunter, and it was an all-consuming commitment.

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awdevoftw199d ago

I really can't sympathize because I game for enjoyment. Story driven, single player games, or couch co op. I dont play all those competitive types of games and could care less about mmos. I know there is a real problem for some people though. I hope they can realize that there is more to life than sitting in front of a screen, trying to win at something that means absolutely nothing. I hope they wake up one day and can enjoy the beautiful things this life has to offer.

BlackDoomAx199d ago

Still better than being addict at 'real' drugs.

iofhua199d ago

I've never gotten the grinding thing in MMO's. The grinding was always the worst and least enjoyable part to me. What I like is doing quests, beating up bad guys, and complex skill trees that let me design different characters with different skill plans.

Killing 500 rats for the next level? Realizing that I would have to kill everything on a map another 20 times to get the next ding? I hated that. Guilds that would require that are not prestigious. They are the kings of the losers. They completely miss the point to why you play the game.

What did get me, is freemium games. Because I hate the grinding so much, I was more willing to open my wallet. I spent a lot of $ in a number of freemiums before I realized I was addicted to gambling (opening lockboxes) and put a stop to it. I try to avoid those types of games now, and monitor how much I'm spending on games.

bujasem_89198d ago

Interesting read, but I think like any other habit ever. Pacing your self is key.

I'm not sure if Kotaku has an Agenda or what, but Cam's journey was intriguing. Although, I still think going "cold turkey" on everything that overly consumes your time is the way to go either, you enjoy it for a reason afterall.

I also came to a realization, people don't wait for things as long as gamers do, shows, songs, movies all come within a 2 year or less span (mostly) maybe books are the only exception. My point is what we do after a game that's been worked on 5+ years is finish it in a short span of time through a weekend or a week off when the anticipation is high. I recently enjoyed savoring the experience more playing less was giving me more to focus on and contemplate instead of experiencing the entire thing in a fell swoop.

I don't know, reading the article just got me talking a lot I guess. I just hope that gaming keeps moving forward, without losing the spirit of intrigue and the relationship between developer and player. Communicating thoughts and ideals through actions the players may deduce sometimes.

All the best to gamers and gaming and anyone who suffers because of it as well it's a shame really.