Yaaaaay! Happy tenth post to me! First milestone completed. Next level unlocked. Damn, sorry. I made that a bit too obvious with the game analogy too soon in a post about gaming addictions. For the record it shall be stated that I am an avid gamer (obviously. It’s in my bio) though I really haven’t played that many games to truly deserve the title. Also all comments made within are my opinions and should not be taken seriously. Apart from that statement. Take that statement VERY seriously. Mario, Dangerous Dave, Prince, Scorcher, Need For Speed II, Contra etc. (this list goes on and on and on from my early childhood days) These were awesome and all back in the day. You know, when we used to use cartridges to play on a SEGA (and pray that the dust doesn’t get into them otherwise it’s spend more money buying some new cartridges). Then came the VCDs and their correspondent platforms (*cough VCD players cough*) trying as hard as they could to compete with the PlayStation 1 (yes, I am that old). Lately, we have these new flashy, awesome, visually improved, 3-D games that have pushed gaming into the next generation and I am really excited about the new releases especially this year’s (Watch Dogs, Titanfall, Raven’s Cry,The Crew etc.). It’s kind of amazing that I could trace back my gaming life but can’t remember most of the brain racking measurement work I currently do in class! I guess that old gypsy woman was right, I do have a gaming addiction.
But come on! It ain’t really all that bad, is it? (Here comes every gamer’s excuse) I mean, I haven’t indulged myself in drug addiction and I still have a social life. Besides, gaming has improved my reflexes as well as my hand-eye co-ordination and mental processing. I could make a great decision in a moment that requires a quick decision to be made.That makes it okay to be addicted to games right? Right? Yeah I’m right! You know it, I know it, we all know it. I am right about being addicted and should encourage everyone who is interested to become a game junkie too……
Noooooooo! No! No! No! NO! Extremely wrong! I partly disagree with myself. Partly because as I said, I am an avid gamer. Being a gaming junkie is not all that fun and all as one may think. It actually gets pretty sad sometimes when one shuts himself out from the real world and dives into the virtual world. Many people engage themselves in this behavior as it gives them a sense of control over almost everything they can do in the game but cannot do in reality. Game addiction is such a serious calamity affecting most youths and adults equally globally. Great video games like Grand Theft Auto series, The Witcher series, The Elder Scrolls (especially Skyrim), Minecraft (I cannot believe I just put that game in this list), and World of Warcraft all more or less open-world games (depending on how you see them) that also include online multi-player, are top of the list in harvesting players and trapping them in their world. Still, I love playing them, except Minecraft. Nothing anyone will say will make me stop playing them. Even my girlfriend supports me in this. Yes, I have one. Yes, she is human and not inflatable. Yes, she is very normal and completely sane.
Speaking of, why is it that people always assume that gamers are loners? Not all of them are. Only the really really creepily addicted and obsessed ones are. End of discussion.
In case you’d like to read up more on gaming addiction you can just check out the following sites:
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Otherwise tell me what are your thoughts on gaming and gaming addiction? Give us your verdict.