I lost myself for 6 years in a mmorpg, by the time I found my way back out I was shocked at how much of myself I had disconnected from. I'm still struggling to come fully back into myself.

Here are Han's top 5 warning signs of gaming or Internet addiction:

1. Disrupted regular life pattern. If a person plays games all night long and sleeps in the daytime, that can be a warning he or she should seek professional help.

2. If the potential gaming or Internet addict loses his or her job, or stops going to school in order to be online or to play a digital game.

3. Need for a bigger fix. Does the gamer have to play for longer and longer periods in order to get the same level of enjoyment from the game?

4. Withdrawal. Some Internet and gaming addicts become irritable or anxious when they disconnect, or when they are forced to do so.

5. Cravings. Some Internet and gaming addicts experience cravings, or the need to play the game or be online when they are away from the digital world.

https://www.cnn.co.uk/2012/08/05/tech/ga ... index.html

It can be a serious problem for some people these are just a few signs.

Some video games cater to the need to play them hours and hours and hours to reach milestones of success in them. How much money can be made off them, how much they sell and how long they last in market, depend on many factors: one of which is gameplay time, flow, and variety. This is why I quit playing WoW, they intentionally make the game this way by making boss difficulty levels and item droprates compared to number of players available and time per fight maximize the amount of time needed to get all the best items (and basically unable to get everything you can, and chance that you can't get nearly all of them anyways due to % chance).

This type of catering began in the 80s when gameplay was discovered as a major factor in sales, compared to arcades which you can just play over and over again or walk to a new one: look at Contra, games could only have so much data included, so the makers made them extremely challenging compared to today's market in order to keep players playing trying to beat it instead of dying.

Now, I play games catering to relaxation and nostalgia - extra good feelings because good memories are also involved. Pokemon games, Super Smash Bros. N64, a digimon mmo, various PS2 sports games and star wars BF2, LoZ: Ocarina of Time, and trying to find a copy of Final Fantasy X (PS2) and various emulators for games such as gameboy games since my only handheld is 3DS.

I find it much easier to choose between activities on a daily basis, and not urged to "work" on a game. ESPECIALLY not a game that involves disappointment of a high degree, or stressful interactions with others; these are not experiences to have for enjoyment time.

I don't believe in game addiction. If I allow myself to enjoy it freely and not think badly of it, then the common sense just makes things balanced.
If I believe I should not play that much and limit my time, then automatically a person tends to play more. It is somehow built in that we tend to over-step the prohibition and we also lose common sense.
But if no prohibition, then there is no need for any addiction. Something just inside tells us what is right.

Weird logic, and I might be wrong. :)

I don't really see my amount of gaming as an addiction even though I've been playing them ever since I could hold a controller (when I was about 3 years old). Honestly, I know people who are way more hardcore than I am, but I like the NES and SNES stuff while liking the original Playstation since I was born during that gaming era when (what used to be) elaborate graphics were in reach with the technology. While people upgraded with the PS3 and X-box-Live and stuff, I stuck with anything PS2 and back (with the exception of the 3ds and PSP), and I'm loving it! With the awesomeness that is Megaman, Metroid, SwordQuest (Atari), Duke Nukem 64, Doom, Galaga, Legend of Zelda: A link to the past, Shantae(GBC), Donkey Kong Country, R-Type, Raiden, Demon's Crest, everything! It's like time traveling, but with less of a risk! Besides, I like their worlds more than our world :o

I got lost in the world of Evony and it does very much take hold of your life you spend so long building up your citys and armys that when late at night and your just about to go to bed and someone attacks your city well you just have to sit up to defend it, Games such as this become deadly serious for players some of them spending thousands on the game to progress.

Personally I think it's escapism. Life can be rather boring at times so a chance to do something that would normally be impossible/ socially unacceptable gives people the change they need. And those who get lost in games (i.e WOW fanboys) just have really boring lives. Same reason people do drugs :rolleyes:

How many hourz do you have to play to be addicted to gaming???
I bet they will sell pillz for playstation addiction and then another pill for xbox addiction ... uz computer gamerz will get injectionz of glowing fluid...

Light. wrote:[i:2m1mc24o][b:2m1mc24o]How many hourz do you have to play to be addicted to gaming[/b:2m1mc24o][/i:2m1mc24o]???
I bet they will sell pillz for playstation addiction and then another pill for xbox addiction ... uz computer gamerz will get injectionz of glowing fluid...
I play 15-18 hours.. per day. MUhahahha. I am sick.
Currently I am in break from games though :-)

Christine Hauck wrote:I lost myself for 6 years in a mmorpg, by the time I found my way back out I was shocked at how much of myself I had disconnected from. I'm still struggling to come fully back into myself.
I hope it wasn't WOW, because there is no cure for what that game does to you. Not even a therapist can heal you, you need an Exorcist.

I won't even sit down to play Wii or Xbox or any of the consoles anymore because I get obsessed, until I finish the entire game, and become the best, I won't stop. I will play facebook games against my buddies & fam..it's a little friendly competition, and funny to boast your scores. Anyways I've been smoking all of them for a while staying #1 for months :) People don't like that too much..my bad. Recently, Roier recommended "CandyCrush" and i quickly became addicted..
Thanks Roier for That...haha it's a cool game though

I was really addicted to games when i was a kid, at about 11 years and up. Of course, as an indigo child i had lots of problems with my first school. I hated that place, i hated doing homework because i did'nt see the point of it, every morning i would be super stressed about school when i would be taking the public transport. School for me was the worst experience of my life, and i think its the reason why i'm so stressed even today. The reason why i loved video games so much is because finally i could completely forget about that shitty school and do something fun at the same time. Only when i grew up i realized that i used video games for escapism. But of course the media will blame the games for causing such addiction instead of looking at their modern society and looking for what might be the cause of this gaming outburst. Surely just blaming games instead of changing our outdated and stressful educational system is much easier.

[QUOTE=MiamiSound;1022003]I hope it wasn't WOW, because there is no cure for what that game does to you. Not even a therapist can heal you, you need an Exorcist.[/QUOTE]

I disagree, I quit cold turkey a few years back after realizing that since I hit 70, I didn't have the time to dedicate to raiding. I tried doing dailies (i was a rogue), I tried other classes (nothing amounted to a rogues power for me), and I tried PvP, and except for the PvP NOTHING could revive the game for me =(

I used to be a big gamer, and I still am to a much smaller degree. However, the past year or so it has been gradually becoming stale for me. I am attempting to replace gaming time more with other activities such as sketching or meditation. I was there: I was a WoW player with a 85 druid. I quit after Cata.

If any addiction is left, it's secondary. I mainly game because I may be bored or need to kill some time.

We are all addicted to this 3rd dimension, pretty much the same thing isn't it? Seriously, let people have their fun on games. It's a way to get rid of all worry's from society. Don't hate on the gaming community, they are good guys. (a lot of gamers actually game for charity) If you want to express your hate do it to a government

I am not addicted to the 3d "prism" "prison" ... but I sure do like some of the thingz and ideaz... Yeah try to tell a women not to be addicted to make up... try to tell americanz not to drink beer "tried that " ... try to tell people they are not going to smoke plantz or wear plantz ... try to tell people tv iz banned...

Leave my gaming alone ... people need to stop being ......................................... PESTZ

Yeah, it's hard. Sometimes when you think you've got it beat, it can take you off guard.

Seems like more of a meta-reality though, since gaming draws you out of the illusion and into another?

Really I just see each new addiction az a scam to make a quick million off of the flock...

Itz the same az dieting ... no one can seem to actually have a fix for the problem but eventually ... maybe ... one day

Now that the dieting game haz slowed down and every one iz cured of schizophrenia or bipolar... adhd ... now were on to gaming ...

But we will pretend az if that iz not the trend ... lol

Sorry for not going along with the flow ... not really good at...

I've been wondering how gaming influences our lives. When my life is really busy and I do gaming for maybe 1 or 2 hours a day it can feel really satisfying, but it has a more disruptive effect in my life as soon as I can spend a whole day on a game. I think I can say that I should be quitting when I start placing things like eating and sleeping lower on my priority list. I think plenty of us know that we don't always take this rational leap as soon as we notice this.

Now here's the thing I've been wondering about:

Thoughts create our lives, so what happens if we play games for hours and hours? We spend time thinking about a game instead of that we keep ourselves busy with what our lives could be. This becomes a problem if we play a game to get away from something, because you're not spending time working towards the solution. I've also noticed how sometimes I can be really motivated and set on changing something and after watching a movie or playing a game it sometimes feels like I'm back where I started.

Isn't it funny how our rationality can provide us with the most obvious solutions. We know it will give us more peace if we quit, yet we don't do it?

For me, I was withdrawn from people before I ever got into gaming. I struggle to connect to people and every time I tried to speak up, to be myself.. I just found myself incapable of acting normal.

When I was 14.. I wasn't allowed to be on a computer, I played console games, but because I was alone playing them, I didn't spend that much time on them (plus I had hour a day restriction except on weekends). I had friends at this age, but even then, I never went out with them much. I was too afraid too a lot of things because of my step dad. I actually looked forward to school, only to get away from my house.

As time went by I found out we were moving to a different state... I was already suffering depression at the time and my friends were the only thing in my life keeping me a little bit happy.. helping me get through my days. I kind of distanced myself from them in the last months. After I moved I kept trying to make friends after loosing contact with my old ones, but I started to realize that they were just trying to be nice. They would ignore me when their real friends were around... but when they were alone and I was the only one there... only then did they want to be around me. After being hurt on multiple occasions by people who said their were my friends (including people from my previous state) I just couldn't open up and be myself around people

I went through 10th grade year without making any friendships and I started to go online (my stepdad died and i was allowed to get on computers) My 11th grade year I wasn't even in school... I was alone and this is the time I started gaming... It was easy talking to people online...It was fun. My 12th grade I went back to highschool and just found I would emotionally shut down when I tried to talk to people. I slept during most of my classes... I ate lunch alone.. and I even did group projects alone when possible.

So here I am, I have no friends and no way of making any. I have nothing to do unless a family member ask me to help them.. I'm suppose to be getting a job, but I have social anxiety now and I get terrified. I'm not addicted to gaming... I just don't have anything else better to do. I would love to have real life friends.. I would love to get out.. to feel fine in public places, but I don't know what to do .. and I'm terrified of doing whatever it is I have to.

If you were to see me today you'd think I have some addiction problem, but I don't...despite hours on my computer everyday. I just get very bored easily and my morale drops low, fast, and I'm in a small town so I must find a way to entertain myself. There is a beach (with the worlds whitest sand and greenest water) over a bridge nearby but it's a bit far lol. Games I play mostly are world of warcraft,s tar trek online, civ 5, sim city online, banished, team fortress 2, and skyrim...so mostly games that require strategic thinking.

Gaming is simply another escape from reality, personally I find it to be one of the best, far greater than tv or even movies at times. If someone has a game addiction one should examine the WHY this person has an addiction to escaping from reality.

To simply say it is an addiction and to put the person completely at fault is just ignorant.

But just look at how doctors like to put a label on people that have a personality that would classify them as having "ADD". Doctors like to label something and then be done with it. They obviously don't care as to the root cause of the issue.

Most people judge gaming as whole. But different types of games offer wildly different experiences. Gaming is one of those things that you can get out what you put in. Like anything, it requires a bit of consciousness and self-application or self-observation. When I feel really engaged by a good gaming experience I feel like my situational awareness and adaptability is being mightily honed. But just like the other illusions in life, I think it might be important to try to keep all the aspects of yourself engaged and interacting. By that I mean keep engaging the other aspects that make up the real dream too, like work and friends and family and heritage. Virtual Realities can be highly fragmentary experiences too. I guess like any power tool, Use with caution, but use it with love too.

ugg couldnt get into mmo's but i love gaming will always love it unless reality gets to be awesome!! then i might quite! but gaming is part of y life now! and it shall never leave!

[QUOTE=Amber Rose;1083212]I play Guild Wars 2, also. I'm really digging the Escape from Lion's Arch story line right now :)[/QUOTE]

Another Guild Wars 2 player here :)
I enjoy playing it in my free time, specially after school...

[QUOTE=Jishnu Ray Chowdhury;918839]I was addicted to pc games (I used to play minimum 15 hours a day). But I broke that addiction ounce and for all By deleting every sign of all the games from my pc.[/QUOTE]

I seem to be somewhat addicted to posting on this indigo forum and to posting suggested videos from you tube on my yahoo group. I guess part of the reason is that I feel that Hashem is talking to me on this indigo forum and that the arch angel Michael is suggesting videos for me on you tube. I may be wrong, but this is what it seems to me.

I have been seriously addicted to online gaming on my adolescence (counter-strike, wow, dota), but since i started on my spiritual path i find gaming boring, it simply doesn't resonate with me anymore.

I have to admit I use to be a game addict, and the it was one of the main reason I fall behind my psychic training and spiritual practice. If you guys can, find a way out of this, with a limit on gaming, you should try to devote some time toward exercise, health, and spiritual practice. You are after all in this forum for that purpose? Gaming will only cause imbalance to your life, it may not seem much, and some may say they can just easily quit, but it isn't that simple. Your spiritual growth will depend on how you discipline yourself concerning what you put yourself to be addicted to. Too much game really isn't good, for the fact that some games will cause you to rage, change our state of peace to being violent. We often use gaming as a source of escape and to clear our head, but often find ourselves in a different situation. Almost as being possessed and you're not even aware how far you've gone.

I bought a stupid xbone so I could play elder scrolls online with it only to find out that the game was delayed until 2015. FML. Now I have a fancy black box collecting dust. I am feeding my addiction by playing oblivion, and also summoners war on my phone. Needless to say I'm a reclusive ghost in a shell.

lol im not worried about game addiction now ... im questioning why there are child ads from Nickelodeon popping up on my screen ??? Im not doing it ....

Now I know why I couldnt finish school online and were my personal bank passwords and emails went ...

What about the game of LIFE??

People are addicted to the toils of everyday life, working towards that new house or car, similar to how you would work for an upgrade in a video game.

But the real question, is why do people insist on playing these virtual games rather than the game of life?

I never understood what was so addicting about online RPGs? I remember trying WOW a few years ago, and I lost interest in it after 20 minutes. Back before World of Warcraft, PC gamers back then in the late 90s were talking about Everquest or whatever that game was as addictive. I was more addicted to console gaming growing up though, but then again, I had nothing else to do on my free time.
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