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Old 04-07-2009, 04:26 PM
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http://www.gamespot.com/features/620...=picks;title;6

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What is video game addiction? What are its boundaries, its symptoms, its treatments? How wide is its scope? And is it even a medically recognised condition in the first place?
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Defining game addiction

Before we explore whether video game addiction exists and in what form it takes, we need to know what it means to be an addict. At its core, addiction is a psychological disorder that affects the way the brain functions by impacting on chemical processes related to motivation, decision making, learning, inhibitory control and pleasure seeking. Behavioural addictions like gambling and sex are forms of psychological dependence; addictions to substances like drugs and alcohol are forms of both psychological and physical dependence.

An addict is defined by his or her psychological compulsion to carry out certain behaviours or consume certain substances that are often detrimental to his or her health or wellbeing. Although this repeated consumption often leads to other problems in areas of social and mental health, an addict cannot stop him or her self from recurrent use. The hallmarks of addiction are often an increase in time spent in the consumption of these behaviours or substances at the expense of other activities; recurrent failed attempts to stop; recurrent preoccupation and intense psychological urges or desires that are difficult to control.

Video game addiction is still a newcomer to the field of psychology, and is not yet medically recognised as a proper addiction due to the lack of research conducted into its cause and effects. So, while itís common for clinics to specialise in the treatment of drug, alcohol, gambling, sex and other addictions, it is not common for clinics to specialise in the treatment of video game addiction. However, during the last five years countries like China, South Korea, the Netherlands, Canada, and the USA have begun to recognise the health threat posed by video game addiction and have opened clinics that deal specifically with the problem.

The argument for excessive video game play as a real psychological addiction is that a person gains psychological reinforcement from playing, and excelling at, a game. By becoming an expert at a game, a person releases a neuro-chemical known as dopamine in their brain, whose function is to make us feel good. This is a natural response humans have to good experiences, such as eating favourite foods, listening to music, watching a good movie, etc. For it to be a psychological addiction to video games, it rests on how much dopamine is released in those who are believed to be video game addicts, in comparison to the levels released during other positive lifestyle activities.

Symptoms of video game addicts are varied--they can range from social isolation, poor social skills and erratic mood swings to neglect of responsibilities such as health, regular sleeping, hygiene, financial commitments, and work and study responsibilities.
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The cases most often cited include a South Korean man who collapsed in an internet cafť after playing Starcraft for 50 hours; cases in China include a man who died after playing online games for 15 days consecutively; a 13-year-old boy from Vietnam who strangled an elderly lady with a piece of rope because he wanted money to buy games; and a number of cases in the United States involving angry teenagers murdering family members over games and consoles. The fact that the latter cases have more to do with displays of deep mental instabilities rather than addiction was not mentioned in the reports, an omission that no doubt has contributed to the publicís widespread confusion about what video game addiction really is.

So where do we draw the line? How many hours a day do you guys play on average? Do you consider yourseld an addict? Discuss


I play probably like 4-5 hours a day....i dont see a problem with that but my dad keeps bugging me about it.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:36 PM
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Interesting article.


http://www.gamespot.com/features/620...=picks;title;6


So where do we draw the line? How many hours a day do you guys play on average? Do you consider yourseld an addict? Discuss


I play probably like 4-5 hours a day....i dont see a problem with that but my dad keeps bugging me about it.
I typically play anywhere from 1-4 hours on regular weeknights (Mon-Thu), depending on what the wife is up to and the weekends vary wildy depending on what's going on. My only problem is that I do sacrifice a bit of sleep occassionally when I slip into that "okay, just one more game" mentality. Any more though, if I sacrifice too much sleep, it bites me in the ass a night or two down the road and then I don't play much if any.

So, in short, I'm far from an addict because while as much as I love my games, I certainly don't need to play them. I'll be changing my tune whenever Warhawk 2 hits though. That game is/was like crack to me.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:37 PM
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Addict? No. Just an enthusiast.

My wife has used that word a few times, but I always point out that she spends more time watching TV than I do playing games and the argument is over.

I think the key here is that to gamers, it is our go-to entertainment. It is the primary reason we own a TV. If the choice were between buying games or paying for cable, were going to buy games. That concept is alien to those people who don't play games at the level we do, but that doesn't mean it's bad.

To make a similar comparison, I used to keep reticulated pythons as a hobby. These animals can grow up to 20 + feet in length and weigh several hundred pounds. I don't know how many times I had someone say "You're crazy!", but of course I wasn't. It was just a hobby that I was really into. There are people out there who are super into sports, hunting, birdwatching, sky diving, etc. and I don't think they are crazy or addicted. They're just into their hobbies and I am not. I can at least appreciate their passion.

Besides, games themselves aren't addictive. A number of addiction specialists in Europe and the US have said so after years of study. They found that people who are unbalanced can use games as an escape from their reality, but that could just as easily be drugs, movies, porno, or anything else.
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I'm really hardly getting to be a gamer at all these days... Just finding harder and harder to find the motiviation and put the time into a game, even a good one. These days I've been far more stuck on my fitness routines, and trying to go to sleep earlier so I can wake up earlier and do quick morning workouts. Maybe eventaully I'll get back into gaming again, who knows.
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Yeah, I can go without playing games for a while without being bothered by the fact that I'm not playing them. Being without the internet, however, starts to drive me crazy before the first day is over.
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definitely not an addict, i only play probably 5-6 hours a week tops and lately less than that
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Yeah, I can go without playing games for a while without being bothered by the fact that I'm not playing them. Being without the internet, however, starts to drive me crazy before the first day is over.
i can't do no internet either, how did we survive before?
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Yeah, I have to admit I'm pretty internet dependant as well.. That's tapered a little bit as well.. There have been isolated days where I went completely with out and never stopped to think about it. But I don't last a whole lot longer than that.
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I think RM put it best, it's the primary form of entertainment for me. While i'm an enthuisist no doubt i'm not an "addict".

I think WOW players are more along the lines of addicts.
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Sign me up in the internet and game addict category.
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