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Do You Get Addicted to Computer Games?
Member Name: samanosuke74
Do You Get Addicted to Computer Games?
Advantages: Lots of fun, you never get bored
Disadvantages: Time wasted, sleepless nights
The subject of computer games addiction is something I had a chance to discuss a lot during my studies, because my degree course was closely related to games development.
I started this studies because I really like computer games, and since I had my first PC sometime in early 90ís, I spent numerous days and nights fighting monsters, trolls and nasty orcs, driving fast cars, saving humanity from evil aliens and building my own towns where only I had a power to decide about almost everything.
Computer games are so powerful with their stories, action, graphical features, sound effects and originality (in most cases). They can occupy an individual for many hours and make people to skip their sleep or normal duties.
I have to admit (and I am ashamed now) that there were times when I delayed some very important things in my daily schedules just because I was so close to next level where some new skills or weapons were added to my character. Usually when I achieved something in a game, the enjoyment lasted maybe for few minutes and there was another quest which was about to be accomplished.
I could have never explain to myself why I enjoy virtual fantasy images flashing in the front of my eyes and where this satisfaction was coming from, until I started to do some more research into this subject as a part of my studies.
To be honest, I wasnít really bothered until the moment I realized that I miss other things in my life like socializing with people, time in nature or just simple walks in the park.
Anyway, computer games seem to be a perfect alternative to real life. You donít have to worry about going to work, paying bills, trying to get on with all necessary things that life throws on you. If you have to do these things in the game, again it is only a game and you can afford the commodity and just stay in bed if you donít feel like doing something. When you hold you mace, axe or sword and fight monsters, driving cars, playing football on your computer screen, there are is so many things happening around you in very short period of time and there is no thing such boredom.
Of course you have to be careful not to lose your life, but if it happens, you can just continue from where you stopped.
It is the same thing when you want to save you position or status in game. Any time you want to play again, you go from that point. Isnít that great?
True is, we all like to feel some sort of power and control over others. We like to be in charge and feel strength over this nasty creatures that try to spoil your digital party.
In real life many times we feel frustrated and stressed with lots of things. But you canít just go around and kill others or smash car without any consequences.
Computer games are perfect escape from gruesome reality, and everything is allowed. People use them as stress relief or in other hand as perfect ego boost.
Many friends told me that they feel much better after slashing few monsters or winning the race with their flashy BMW convertible among other 10 computer opponents?
Online games brought new level of excitement where people compete against each other and clash their skills of fast fingers on keyboard or game pad.
So, truly, why is it so addictive?
The reason is that we can do things in games and beyond our imagination sometimes.
Everything that seems to be impossible or not allowed in our real life, in computer games in totally opposite. When we feel good for a long period, of course weíll get addicted, no matter the consequences. Time that is spent during the game is not important anymore because we feel good all the time, and donít want to terminate this feeling.
There is always moment when we have to go back to reality (usually at 5 am in the morning) when eyes cannot cope with illumination of computer screen anymore and it is time to rest.
Every time when I found myself in this situation, I thought back to myself and tried to summarize what were my achievements in last few hours and was it worth to lose another night of sleep.
In many cases, there was huge emptiness in my head even if I did finish the game, but the real accomplishment was lacking. Soon I would realize that I didnít get any benefit of playing this game, well, maybe my fingers were faster of the keyboard and I learnt some new things that were mentioned in this game, but that was about it.
There is no real award in computer games, only fake virtual items or money, new levels or something else that would occupy our mind for few moments.
Addiction is serious consequence if you spend too much time playing games.
I agree they are so much fun and game developers make sure that with every new game there is something what will make us to do ďwow!Ē but there are also other things in life, which should not suffer because of you addiction.
Donít play games every free moment you have. Play them occasionally, and let this be your hobby (or one of your hobbies) and not full time work. Well, unless you get paid to play games.
I will continue to play computer games because I do like them so much, but I am also happy that I managed to find perfect balance between different things in my spare time.
Summary: Computer games are great unless they become real obsession