I play the occasional game of pro evolution soccer when I go to a friend's house but I don't currently own my own console and I don't use a PC for games. When I was a teenager and in to my early twenties though I used to spend a reasonable amount of time playing computer games and the one in particular that I was really dedicated to was the Championship Manager series. I used to love this so much and a new version or an update was introduced in to the market place each year to reflect changes that may have happened in the world of football or just to improve the way the game was played for the user.
This game gives the opportunity for someone interested in football like myself to take charge of a team of their choosing and try to win the league, the FA Cup and qualify for Europe. You could start at the top and manage the likes of Arsenal or Liverpool or maybe have more humble beginnings and take control at Northampton or the likes of Rushden and Diamonds. You decide on the tactics for the team as a whole and you can also give players individual instructions based on their personal strengths like dribbling or passing and one of my absolute favourite features, signing new players based on whatever transfer budget you may have.
Even just writing this review I can remember how much I enjoyed this manager simulation but that was the problem and why I do not own a copy now. I used to stay up so late at night in to the early hours of the morning when I had school the next day and whichever team I was managing was the only thing I could think about, I know that sounds silly but it is true. I can remember studying for my GCSE's when I was fifteen or sixteen and I was sitting in my Humanities class making notes on which players I wanted to try and buy on the game when I got home and not really paying attention to my teacher.
I was so upset one day when I had two successful seasons at Glasgow Rangers with league titles and the UEFA Cup and then my computers memory just went completely haywire and it was all gone, it took me a while to get over that as I had big plans for the third season as manager.
In my early twenties I purchased an X-Box with a copy of the latest edition of this game and with a similarly football obsessed friend we began to play as long as we could. I would often stay at his apartment and we would play Championship Manager again until the early hours of the morning and we would even get up really early to carry on. We were so involved that we would not even really eat properly, just loads of chocolate or left over pizza from days before.
I f I had been to a meeting and I had a suit on I would even keep it on to imitate the managers you often see smartly dressed on the touchline.
I have heard so many similar stories about people who have become overly involved or addicted to this manger simulation like I was and those who have even applied for real manager's jobs at football clubs quoting their credentials on this game as the reason why they should be employed.
If I got hold of this game again I don't think I would accomplish much else and I had to keep reminding myself that if I won trophies it wasn't real and that I needed to Choose Life!
I don't think that you can really get addicted to any one computer game, although perhaps you can get addicted to playing computer games in general.
The reason I think that you cannot get addicted to one computer game is simply that not game on its own can sustain you non-stop, every day all day because it simply gets boring and you will eventually burn yourself out. Whether it be Call of Duty, Halo, whatever, there is a limit to replaying the same old stuff again and again. Whilst a well designed campaign can be addicting, a game campaign has a definite end and so cannot really be called a true addictive experience.
However, by playing several different games and switching between them I would say that it is very easy to become addicted to video games. By switching through games you are constantly being given new challenges, seeing new maps, weapons, people, changing up your play style, responding to different scenarios. Immersing yourself in an RPG world or simply playing an FPS, by having lots of different fun games which are significantly different (ie. Halo and COD, Halo wars and fable 2) then you can easily become addicted. However, without enough difference between the games, you can still easily become bored of them, for example, if the only games you played were call of duty 4 and modern warfare 2.
I confess I am addicted to computer games, and if you were to meet me in person, you would probably never believe it, as I just dont fit the normal bill of a PC gamer. Firtsly, I'm a woman, I wont ever see my twenties again, and I am supposed to be a professional career woman.
But maybe that is where the attraction in PC games comes of me, and the millions of others who spend hours of their lives glued to the PC. Maybe it is the fact that you can be a different person on screen than what you are in real life. Maybe what we all crave in some form or another, is escapism, and a PC game allows for that.
But then is my "addiction" so differnt from any other "addiction" that is out there, and maybe not recognised as such. For example is the girl spending all her money on new clothes, the newest hair styles, and all the best make-up not practising a similar escapism,and therefore addiction?
I propose we all suffer from some form of addiction, be it to PC games, reading books, exercise, fashion, coffee....you name it, we all are guilty dont you think?
Must unwrap game! Plastic cover too thick! The feeling when you hold the latest game in your hands. The anticipation!
You know if your addicted: You start passing up social opporunities and avoid human contact, you just soooo want to unlock that achievement!
When I got Halo 3 I was really excited! I put it in the xbox and played online for 5 hours haha! It didnt even seem like that long the time just flew by! Now I wouldnt class that as addiction... addiction is a lot more serious. You know you are addicted when you pass up social events just to beat that big bad boss!
Game addiction can even be dangerous. It is very dangerous to play a game for more than 1 hour without a 15 minute rest break but almost all gamers just ignore this warning... well its not very practical is it -
COD4 - "Excuse me terrorist stop shooting me i have just passed my 1 hour rest break and will be back in 15 minutes to comply with safety laws!"
But remember kids safety laws are important. People have died from playing games and not eating or drinking. Dont be one of them!
Can you be addicted to computer games? Am I an addict?
I think there is ultimately a great lack of understanding of the gaming culture these days and people that don't want actually sit down and take notice of us so called gaming nerds that is much easier to label us as addicts but is this necessarily the case?
What is the definition of an addict
1. somebody dependent on drug: somebody who is physiologically or psychologically dependent on a potentially harmful drug
2. enthusiast: somebody who is very interested in a particular thing and devotes a lot of time to it
soap opera addicts
[Mid-16th century. < Latin addictus , past participle of addicere 'award, devote' < dicere 'say']
Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Ok do I think this applies to me?
Not a chance at no point when I do not have access to either my pc or gaming systems do I have any physical/ psychological withdrawal symptoms. When I go on holiday I generally don't have access to any sort of technology what so ever as we enjoy the great outdoor either caravanning or going camping. Would it really be possible for an addict to do this without being surgically removed from there pc. I doubt it.
So why is it that I appear to be stuck with this label to the untrained eye when in fact gamers are no different from anyone else other than the fact they need slightly more brain stimulation in order to relax.
Take me and my twin sister for example. We are very alike in a lot of respects with similar views, lifestyles and family situation ( both have two sons in the same age bracket) we actually even live in the same street . But in terms of how ourselves and our families use a majority of our household leisure time you would think we were complete opposites but I believe this is not the case.
My sisters household like nothing more of an evening when work and school is over to sit in front of the television and watch the soaps, news or a good film. My sister also has a keen love of magazines which has been known to keep her occupied when unable to sleep or keep boredom at bay. Would anyone consider her obsessive probably not . I would say she conforms to societies norm.
Now my family and me on the other hand are complete opposites, when I wish to relax I like nothing better than to sit in front of my laptop and surf the net or interact with my children by playing games on the wii or ps3. If I get the time I play a game or two on my psp. Basically anything that keeps my brain active and my hands busy . When the television is on it tends to be more factual programs and comedies or quiz shows . We do however enjoy a lot of films when we get the time but I always end up watching television from the corner of my laptop.
Now how on earth can I possibly say that our 2 families are the same, simple really, in both our worlds there is an interest in what I would call virtual reality it may come from different forms of media but the principles are the same.
For me television is similar to games and the internet but coming from another aspect but the fundamentals are formed along the same lines.
Take for instance the tv remote, keyboard/mouse and games controller they all function in the same way. They are all designed for the user to control the user interaction of their experience.
A television viewer can control and change what the want to see in terms of viewing experience. They could watch anything they want at the touch of a button. The y have the freedom to enjoy anything from factual through to the down right insane. The possibilities are endless as television and dvd's cater for every taste and interest possible.
A pc user on the other hand controls their experience through the click of a mouse and input of text. Unlike the television viewer there is a wider access to all media types that are not just structured by the entertainment industry or media, plus they can benefit through social interactions with others online through social networking or messenger. Or the likes of this site giving access to true public opinion.
The gamer this goes along similar lines to the television viewer, using a controller you are able to control your own virtual reality and enjoy all the similar aspect of to that of a program or film but with you at the helm. You are only limited by the games and your own ability in playing. OK it may not have the same depth of characters and plot structure as tv and film. But it does have the same level of enjoyment factor for the user and perhaps gives a little bonus you may not get from watching tv, a sense of achievement.
Ok now on to some facts before I come to my conclusion
According to a survey on nation master.com the average individual watches 28 hours of television a week.
On about games.com it is stated that an average gamer spends about 12.6 hours a week playing.
The average amount of time spent on a pc is roughly 20 hours per week. According to a survey done by Odyssey.
So people are obviously going to fall in the bracket above or below these statistic apparently an extreme gamer can rake up to an impressive 45 hours per week gaming time but the same can also be said about television viewers . Perhaps it would be an even scarier thought about what my own pc use would be in terms of hours per week. I have decided not to calculate this as no doubt it would put me into a stake of shock.
So what are my conclusions, I would say that in general most gamers are in actual fact not obsessed for them and myself we just enjoy another form of media to keep ourselves entertained is that such a bad thing. I am also sure that gamers like the television viewer do deviate into other interests and do in fact have a social group out with there particular genre.
I may spend a little to much time on the internet, I may even spend a little to much time playing games but at the end of the day I enjoy what I get out of it. I am not hurting anyone else and if anything it keeps me from becoming bored. I don't watch a lot of tv so would say the time I do spend on what I enjoy is in fact spent wisely.
What do you think?
Some people have "addictive personalities", if they enjoy something it quickly becomes an obsession - until the next thing comes along. I am one of these people, and I have been addicted to computer games on and off since I got an Atari 800xl and a copy of "River Raid" as a kid.
I have had hours of fun from playing games,and when I consider the amount of time I have spent playing games, and consider how much they cost, they are actually much better value for money than some other forms of entertainment - like DVDs for example.
I have had some negative experiences as a result of overdoing it with the gaming though. I am almost certain for example, that I would have got a higher class for my degree if it were not for a 20-30 hour a week Championship Manager (now Football Manager) addiction during the three years of my undergraduate studies!
I got sucked into online gaming in a big way in 2006-7 whilst caring for my terminally ill mother - I couldn't leave her on her own, which curtailed my social life, so I would often play World of Warcraft and Star Wars Galaxies whilst she slept. It passed the times and provided a way of relaxing and escaping from the stress and sadness of my real life.
Once my mother died though, my addiction really took hold and I "withdrew" from the real world for several months, only leaving the house every 2-3 days! I'm not sure this did me any harm. Most people would argue I should have tried to get on with my life, at the time I didn't feel ready to, and this was just my way of coping I suppose.
So can you get addicted to games? If you are a certain type of person who is prone to take things to excess, then yes. Is it a negative? It can be under some situations, but it can also be a valuable way of releving stress and letting off steam.
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The simple answer to the question, are computer games addictive is YES! But then anything can become addictive; sewing, the gym, eating and even sleeping. There are of course various types of addiction; some things are physically addictive like crack or alcohol and others are psychologically addictive like games etc because they make you feel good or allow you to relax/escape.
I am addicted to several things myself the main ones being tobacco and chocolate. As far as I am aware the tobacco is physically addictive, if I stop smoking I experience physical symptoms such as sweats, shaking hands and nausea. The chocolate is purely psychological. I crave chocolate at various times like when I am low or at the wrong time of month and I get narky and snappy if I dont have any. Im not saying that a psychological addiction cannot cause physical symptoms because your brain and your body are connected and all sorts of things can happen but I think its important to realise the difference.
As for computer games I regularly describe games as addictive because they draw you in and make you want to play more and more. I used to play Sims for unbelievable amounts of time and would only stop to eat, go to loo and occasionally to sleep. The same thing happened with Diablo 2 and Final Fantasy X; it wasnt unusual for me to play for 6-8 hours non-stop.
I think the danger occurs when games have no actual end. With most of the games I play there is an ending; you can complete the game. This finishes any addiction I may have as I dont see the point in playing a game over and over again. However with games like the Sims and online games such as World of Warcraft there is no ending, you can go on forever and ever. This in itself feeds addiction.
If you had a generic game addiction and you didnt care what you playing as long as you had a mouse/controller in your hand then you probably need professional help. The same goes for if you HAVE to play again and again to the detriment of your health/environment/friends/family/education/job.
I think a common mis-perception is that if you play a game for hours on end that you are addicted. You arent necessarily. It is when you actually cannot function normally when you are not playing or because you are playing.
I dont think that a person just gets addicted because they like a game a lot; I think there are, in most cases, underlying problems with your life that make you want to escape and spend all your time inside a game.
I hope that makes sense to everyone I just wanted to put in my 2-pennies worth! Probably because I am addicted to writing these ops/reviews!! LOL.
Thanks for reading.
Having seen this topic, I felt compelled to start typing again as its been a while since Ive consistently put new ops or reviews up for quite a while (so much for THAT New Years Resolution!).
This is definitely a subject matter that I have more than a passing interest in. I wouldnt go as far as to say that Im ADDICTED to video/computer games that to me seems a very strong word. I am absolutely certain that video games like so many other things out there in the world can become a serious addiction to some.
I would however, like to consider my liking for video games only that. A LIKING. I agree that I like them a lot and in all honesty probably do spend a fair bit of time with a joy pad in my hands (and NO! that is NOT a euphemism for something else!) when time and circumstances allow.
I rarely play video games on PC but instead like to power up my trusty PS2 for the odd blast on a variety of different games that depend on my mood. Sometimes I like to vent frustrations caused by people or circumstances by putting on a game that is a good outlet whether this is a first person shooter (Black or Killzone for example) or a game that allows you to wreak havoc in the most anti-social manners imaginable (Grand Theft Auto: Vice City / San Andreas are good examples of this).
I know to those who dont understand or play them, it can be a hard thing to look into this activity from the outside. I, like many others out there like to indulge in the occasional game that appears to be solely based on violence. Whilst I can see why some people would feel this to be the case, I would also like to point out that myself and so many others out there who play games of this type abhor violence in reality.
I think that the press regularly makes a complete and utter scapegoat of the gaming industry just as it does for the movie industry. As someone who enjoys both video games and movies, I resent seeing both of these industries being trundled out whenever something appalling happens in society.
The people who carry out atrocities that are reported on the news whether they be murders, rapes or other horrific crimes are sometimes reported to have been influenced by a certain video game or movie. Only the truly gullible could agree with this. It is true that todays society is desensitised to a large degree by what they see on TV, movies or to some extent in video games BUT I have to say that most people know the difference between right and wrong and reality and make believe. The news that we see on television is often more horrific these days than the other media they themselves so often blame. There is very little good news on TV and radio these days. News reports are often littered with dead bodies.
At least the body counts within video games and movies are not real and most of those who play games and watch movies are intelligent enough to know this.
Anyway apologies for digressing and getting back to the initial question.
Am I addicted to video games?
I still say that I am not In fact, recent changes to my circumstances (moving in with my other half) has meant that I have had to leave my precious PS2 and currently most of my other creature comforts at my parents place until I can find the money and means to ship them to where I am now.
Now although I AM managing to live without the PS2 here, I do intend to bring it here as soon as possible. I just miss those occasional little opportunities to get further into games I once started but never finished (though I suspect that I may very well have to restart them at some point again when time allows.
I doubt that my other half will ever understand the attraction of playing video games (but to each their own, after all) as in the absence of my PS2, I have been making do with playing games on my mobile phone and getting bemused looks from her. I think she reckons Im a bit of a mentalist for playing about with silly little games but I guess you just cant help what you like. All the little things that we like or dislike are what make us uniquely us at the end of the day and to deny them is to deny who you yourself are.
I know that as the ripe old age of 33 is approaching, I cant imagine my liking for video games or movies will diminish at any point in my life. We all need our little distractions in life just as long as they dont distract us from everything else in life that is important.
Apologies for all my inane rambling above. I only hope that I managed to convey some sort of sensible points among it all.
Many thanks for reading this!
I don't get addicted to computer games. But I can understand why people get addicted. Computer games are good way to pass time.
Games written by software houses have complex story lines and once hooked to one games you will be playing it forever.
Computer games are just like soap operas. There are only several soaps on British TV in a week. Games offer more choice and more time for the players to engage in.
I am addicted to computer and playstation games. So are my friends and we don't care.
Computer games are good for society as well. Kids playing them don't do stealing or vanadalism.
I get addicted to video games. To get addicted to I have to spend a lot of time playing the video game. My friends will also like the game that I do, peer pressure because games are social events now.
My views on this topic
Very nature of video gaming makes it addictive. Video games are extremely addictive because of social aspect. Video games have always been amusement and social experience for participants and this continues to this day. In fact internet has made these games even more popular. Millions of people participate in virtual communities. PC games have on-line versions where people can compete in thousands. Friends are made and friends are lost in the virtual world. Children will find virtual gaming community far more safer than playing in parks.
Video games help development of children. The creative side of the brain is immensely stimulated by what appears on the monitor or TV screen (play station, xbox etc). Video games could be learning experiences, games coming out now have stunning graphics and the storylines in the games are better than some films that I have seen. Strategy type games are used by military in some countries, other games help people learn about the events in the past that are normally ignored in classrooms.
Videogames are addictive. First of all it is entertainment. People play these games for the thrills.Rewards offered and competition and the human characteristic to be the best makes video games addictive. Peer respect for good game players is another very important reason.
Even though video games are addictive and spending hours in front of screen is not healthy. The benefits offered by games outweighs any negative. Benefits (again) include learning new skills that could be applied in a job or in everyday life, brain stimulation, learning, knowledge and stunning art in games persuades many people to play video games and if they are addictive so what? In gaming world anything bad is good.
Right first of all let me say in moderation computer games are fun especially playing with groups of friends, however if you find yourself playing hour after hour in front of your computer or play station or X box then is there a problem? Can you really be addicted to computer games?
In my opinion the word addiction sums it up well, there are better more obvious addictions to drugs, gambling and smoking but people seem to forget smaller and I use smaller loosely addictions like computer games.
The whole story is about my brother, hes addicted to computer games hes dropped out of school very rarely goes out and does not know what he is doing, he is running his life and the most frustrating thing is he wont accept it and does not know what he is doing.
Computer games are naturally addictive, you can find yourself needing to complete a task on a game then another one comes around then before you know it hours have passed and youre still playing.
Computer game addiction is often looked over by higher powers like the government, I know a few people that only work part time or do not work at all because of computer games, they find themselves needing a fix.
Also I know children that are on school holidays they very rarely go out and before they know it the holidays are over and they are back to school, this happened to my brother but when it came round to going back to school he didnt want to, now this is a problem. This game that my brother is addicted to, you have to pay for as well so not only is he wasting his life he is spending money.
Now the only friends that my brother has are the ones online and any other friends that play the game, hes never out off the office the only time he comes out is for an occasional smoke or to use the toilet.
I have read about people that go to work come back and can not stop playing the game then wake up and do it all over again but what happens when the addiction becomes so much that you dont go to work or school, thats when an addiction becomes a real problem, what do you do if youre a parent or a partner, how can you deal with it, my advice is to seek help from a psychiatrist, or go to special clinics that have been set up, my advice to parents or partners is you must do something about it NOW and only now because if you let it go on much longer theres a good chance it will get beyond help.
Computer games are great in moderation however do you have an addiction? If your in front of the computer playing games for more than 6 hours a day, if you refuse to go out or see friends or loved ones because you just need to do one more level or if you are so into a game that everything else seems irrelevant then maybe its time you tried to look for help.
Thanks for reading.
Whenever anybody mentions IT to me or computer games, my eyes roll and I just cant be bothered with talking to them about it. This is how I was about a year ago and all because of computer game addiction. I myself have been addicted to computer games before and my fiancé has been addicted in a very bad way but with computer games getting better all of the time I think a lot of people will gain some experience with addiction. Me though I will tell you about my addiction and then about a game which nearly split me and my now fiancé up.
A Small Insight into Computer Game Addiction:
I decided to have a quick look at definitions to do with addiction and the best one I found was the following from google;
A compulsive physiological craving Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease usually characterised by physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.
Computer games unfortunately are now becoming a problem when it comes to addiction with a lot of people getting addicted without even realising it as I know that was the case with me and my fiancé. I do not actually think that it has been proven that they are addictive but there are so many case studies out there that say otherwise.
I was reading a case study the other day about a guy who lived over in America and he got addicted to the game World of Warcraft. He played it non stop and his flat got into such a state as he wasnt stopping to clean or go to the toilet and he was found in such a state that he had to be taken to hospital. Then when they had done this and got him away from the game he became a manic depressive because he wanted to go back onto it. Now that is addictive.
I do think that the term addictive is used quite a lot when it shouldnt be but I do think that there are different types of addiction and the key is to recognise that this is happening before it gets to far. I can see why games are addictive but I cannot see why people would want to ruin their lives for them but this does happen quite a lot especially with new advances in technology meaning that graphics are getting better and now you can play with your friends even if they are in another country.
The thing about computer games is that you can sit down and play on one and not noticed that three fours has gone past. I was like this when the Sims came out and I would sit there on a school night playing it and then look at the time and it would be two in the morning. For me though I realised what I was doing was wrong in this instance and stopped playing the game until it was the holidays.
My first slice of addiction came when I was at university but I will stress that mine was only a slight addiction. The game for me was called Yuris revenge and it was all about building your army and then attacking your opponent. The problem came when I found out you could play over the internet and games on there went on for hours sometimes. I would get back from studying my lectures and get straight back onto it and play it all night.
That might have been ok if I didnt do it every night and for hours. My boyfriend (now my fiancé just in case he is reading this and getting paranoid) would write messages on my message boards and send me emails telling me to do some work but the game was so much fun that when you are doing work and need a relax I would go onto it and then play it for hours.
I realised I was getting addicted when I would dream about formations I would use and I would sit there in lecture not concentrating as I just wanted to get back to the game. I also lost touch with a few friends because they hated computer games but I just carried on. As soon as I realised I was being silly though I quit the game and uninstalled it from my laptop and since then I have not really gone back to those sort of games.
This was real addiction and all because of the game World of Warcraft. When the game came out even I could appreciate how good it looked and the fact that it was constantly being updated, you could play with your friends and that there was just so much to do and explore. Realising I would get addicted to this game and the fact you had to pay for it every month I just didnt go near it. My fiancé and his friends did though and at first it wasnt a problem
A few months down the line though when their characters in the game had got bigger and better and they were all addicted to it. I did not live with him at this point so I would e calling him to see how he was and it would always go through to answer phone and then when I did get through I could hear him clicking his mouse and typing on the keyboard all of the time. This did annoy me because I asked him to stop and he would for about ten seconds and then carried on.
Then it got to the point where he wouldnt want to do anything as he would rather play on his game. I remember one time when we were due to go out for a meal with all of my friends and he refused to come because he was doing a mission on the game and didnt want to let his online friends down by going away from it. Then there were other times when we were due to be somewhere but because a game was taking too long he wouldnt come away from it.
This game is the type of game that some of the missions can take minutes and some hours and this drove me mad as him and his friends could never tell me how long it was going to take so I would always be sitting there waiting for them to finish. The next main problem I had was that I could hardly ever get in touch with him. It was only until after he finished playing the game that I found out it was because he just ignored the phone because it was me calling. I also found out all of his mates did this to their partners at the time.
The time when I wanted most to put a stop to the game though was when he failed his dissertation. He could resubmit it in a couple of months and because he only had to change a couple of things it wouldnt take him long. We had booked a holiday only in the UK but it was for a week and I had paid loads to insure him on my car. He told me he couldnt come because he had to do his work which I understood completely. When I got back and he confessed he had been playing games though the whole week I went crazy.
Then when he missed the submission dates twice and he got to the point when he was so moody if he wasnt on a game, it was then that we nearly split up and I wont lie when I say it was a close one. He and his mates all got together and discussed their addiction and most of them stopped playing on it. They are playing another game now and I do worry that it will get the same but after what happened he does know when to recognise any signs of addiction and so do I.
So there you go I have quite a lot of first hand experience in computer game addiction and I still see it now with the friends who are still addicted. It was not long ago when they all took the week off of work and played the game all week and I have not seen any of them for ages as they are always on the game and dont ever come out with us. Computer addiction is quite scary when it happens badly and you have to recognise the signs which are as follows.
A reluctance to come away from the computer whether it be to eat, go out or answer the phone.
Constantly dropping games into conversation and not wanting to talk about anything else.
Getting moody and depressed when away from the game.
Getting aggressive when you try to talk to them when they are playing on the game.
Letting other work slip because they are playing to much.
I am sure there are many other signs but these are just some of the ones that I have encountered. I have to give this subject one star because I love computer games but when you become addictive it can ruin you a bit so you do have to be careful. I hope nobody I know gets addicted again and I hope the current people who are addicted will let our words in one day and stop what they are doing.
Saying all this though enjoying computer games is fine as I love them but it is when they start to rule parts of your life that you do have to worry.
Thanks for reading.
Computer game addiction is simply a part of a much wider modern social problem that exits with new and exciting technologies. Yes true this addiction has a familiar and stereotypical victim, young male students but now much research has indicated that it is a bigger than once thought and effects adults as well as even younger children. There is no doubt that games are very enjoyable, stimulating and can be used as an escapist route to free yourself from temporarily from everyday stress. However as with many modern day problems, it can have a long lasting effect on health, social and educational effects. These effects are slowly but surely taking place before us today and all signs show that things will get worse before they get better. Growing levels of obesity, poor classical educational standards (i.e reading, writing, numeracy), addictions and domestic family problems have all arisen and though it would be very foolish to blame computer games it is no doubt that they do form a part of the problem.
Now for many people, that opening vision maybe incredibly pessimistic and I myself question the whether something such as simply as a computer game can lead to so many problems. The majority of people (myself at most times) realize the nature of computer games and that it should be used sparingly so as to provide a healthy work/life balance. There isnt too much problems amongst adults of the current generation with regards to the computer games. In fact it has become more common to find them playing games and much of the prices and gaming content has become tailored to meet this more lucrative market for game developers.
As I see it there are two types of problems that seem to resonating from an addiction to computer games. With one the blame lies heavily on the manufacturers and developers, whilst the other with the young game players or perhaps more accurately their parents. There are people who become particularly obsessive when it comes to games, and in many situations it is generally school children who use it to pre-occupy their time outside school. To some extent it is natural that someone would look for something fun to do and in moderation isnt much of an issue. The problem comes when the child begins to get older and has more educational demands upon them, many simply cant get out of the need to play and suffer from concentration problems. Many parents use non-purposeful methods of trying to create a balance, by offering the child the opportunity to play games after a sufficient period of work has been completed. Many psychologists agree that this significantly reduces the effectiveness of the studying period for the child as the motivation to learn is greatly outweighed by the motivation to play games. With this mentality it simply becomes a counting down procedure for many children and clearly highlights the choice between working and playing, with the playing coming out the winner. Im not aware if any study has been done, but it would be interesting to see a research between the levels of educational success and number of hours that are preoccupied in playing computer games.
The main problem I have with computer game is the growing trend of targeting vulnerable youngsters with games that are more extreme in nature. Many older gamers maybe be able to differentiate quite comfortable between the escapist fantasies of say the Grand Theft Auto games however some gamers may find an uncomfortable parallel between the game and their perceived everyday reality. It may seem this problem can be solved by sticking an 18 tag on the game but the reality is that top selling games such as this are even more likely to be sort after with an 18 rating. The computer game industry is a multi-billion dollars one and it is no surprise that developers spend a lot of money on research and part of the becoming successful in the market is the requirement to induce the gamer into playing a game repetitively. Indeed nearly all the games at the top of the charts today are part of a line of established games (GTA, FiFa, Pro Evolution, Sims etc..). The developers have every incentive to produce games that are addictive to play. The games developed are more and more detailed, have a greater number and variety of challenges and less focus upon a completion stage so that in effect are infinitely playable. However from another point of view, it is the gamers themselves who wish to have more realistic games, which have greater longetivity and greater sophistication of computer A.I. Developers may argue that in effect they are simply reflecting the needs of the individual gamer, giving them more enjoyable games to play.
So in conclusion, computer games can be addictive and many of us (myself included) have found the hours roll by one the promise of just one more game. For most people though, it is like any other addiction relating to new technologies, they eventually find a way of accommodating it seamlessly in their everyday life. However there is a danger that the addiction levels may stray out of control and it is in effect a product of our need to play better games and the manufacturers to maintain our interest with more and more daring games.
Well it all depends on the game and level of competition.
Computer games are there to entertain.
Older generation is addicted to TV, East Enders, Big Brother, Coronation Street attract millions of people.
Great computer games are just the same, millions of copies are sold and millions play them. East Enders maybe big in England, it dwarfs in
Super Mario Brothers have sold over 40 million copies
Tetris sold over 30 million
Sims sold over 18 million
and there are dozens of other games that sold over 10 million. These are official figures, illegal downloads and crack copies for each of these games number in millions as well.
I am addicted to games because they provide decent entertainment. I may sound like a loser but games save me a lot of money. I am not a geek, I have a girlfriend, I socialise as well. Games is one of the biggest things in my life because I grew up playing games.
Games are addictive mainly because of competition and will to do well in any game. This is not a flaw with any person and it is also not intended by the games manufacturers to do this, although producing decent stories and excellent graphics helps a lot.
Games is socialising, people go out drinking and make fool of themselves, people watch TV to pass time, video games is the latest entertainment in the block and it is a very good one too.