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Vanguard Tavern => News Stand => Started by: Sword Cruise on May 23, 2007, 01:29:19 AM

Title: Game Addiction: Myth or Reality?
Post by: Sword Cruise on May 23, 2007, 01:29:19 AM
Interesting interview. Now I know why many guys rather play WoW than GW as I think in GW you can't pwn the world. :P

http://www.twitchguru.com/2007/05/15/game_addiction/ (http://www.twitchguru.com/2007/05/15/game_addiction/)
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Post by: Harith on May 23, 2007, 04:09:07 PM
Man, that's really sad.   I have to agree online games are much more addictive and dangerous than regular/single player ones, but it's hard to understand or deal with the problem.  After all, I for one consider gaming a personal choice, but if it could lead to your suicide, that is something else entirely...

Anyway, I don't really know anything about video game addiction, and it seems extremely rare, though I know many people who will spend all their time on the computer automatically if not doing something else.
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Post by: Odysseus on May 23, 2007, 04:36:23 PM
why would he shoot himself?

if hes dead he cant play everquest anymore....


pc games can be super addicting but its not real hard to balance them between friends, familly, real life stuff

+ leaving at ur brothers wedding ceremony? thats just not right
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Post by: Sword Cruise on May 23, 2007, 09:28:13 PM
from the interview it seems that he may have some virtual romance and the girl dump or betrayed him. so it's a bit like a real life case.

think it's more than mere grinding cos personally i dun think i'll leave an event just to grind. it must be some social event on (ask talia how many times she's looking at watch during a meeting cos she wanted to get home early for the ceremony).
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Post by: Devaberiel on May 24, 2007, 03:39:48 AM
I think there is several reasons for gaming addiction; escape from sucky real life, the wish/need for grinding to get to that special "goal" you have (like FoW armours), the feeling of mastering/acomplishing something that others find difficult make you feel great - or simply the social aspect of online games.
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Post by: Cookie on May 24, 2007, 05:32:53 AM
i wasn't able to read more than the anonymous part, it hurts my eyes to read that, i'm seeing lines now... that is the WORST font/background combo ever
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Post by: V on May 24, 2007, 07:53:01 AM
well then it's obvious; you're addicted cookie! :P

if anyone's interested, try to look up the symptoms of gaming addiction and the circumstances for diagnosis. wiki is a nice one to start with:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_addiction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_addiction)

i read a newspaper article a few weeks ago on this very topic, since they launched a treatment center especially for gaming addiction - which was the first one launched in the netherlands (and worldwide?). it's not like an AA group, you get holed up in this centre without any computers etc, like a drug treatment center.

most important to know about i guess is that an addiction isn't bad in itself until it has reached the degree that an individual cannot function "normally" in real world society.
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Post by: Cookie on May 24, 2007, 08:59:20 AM
Quote from: "V"
well then it's obvious; you're addicted cookie! :P

if anyone's interested, try to look up the symptoms of gaming addiction and the circumstances for diagnosis. wiki is a nice one to start with:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_addiction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_addiction)

i read a newspaper article a few weeks ago on this very topic, since they launched a treatment center especially for gaming addiction - which was the first one launched in the netherlands (and worldwide?). it's not like an AA group, you get holed up in this centre without any computers etc, like a drug treatment center.

most important to know about i guess is that an addiction isn't bad in itself until it has reached the degree that an individual cannot function "normally" in real world society.


pooh, i was scared there for a minute, but it seems that i only show 7 of those symptoms... so i'm not an addict yet ^^
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Post by: Alpha Zezima on May 24, 2007, 06:39:43 PM
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Rob Wright: What do you think ultimately drove your son to take his own life? Was there something that happened within EverQuest that made him suicidal or was it because he had become so withdrawn and depressed in real life?

Liz Woolley: I think it was both. He certainly had withdrawn from reality so much that he wouldn't even let me into his apartment. He cut off his phone. He wouldn't visit his family anymore, and he had lost contact with all of his friends. So he didn't have anything in his life besides the game. He was diagnosed with low-grade depression and schizoid personality disorder. And something did happen within the game at the end of October [about a month before Shawn committed suicide]. I believe he was in some type of relationship with another player in EverQuest. Shawn created a new character called "iluveyou" for a new player vs. player server, which is unusual because he had been playing on another server since he first started EverQuest and typically players don't go jumping around from server to server. But he created this character and I believe he had some kind of romantic interest in another person playing on that server, and he apparently was rejected or betrayed somehow because he never went back on that server. And two weeks later he killed himself. So whatever happened was so horrible that he didn't want to live anymore.


... He fell in love on an online game ..... wow that just sad...
I mean real life > ingame for sure !
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Post by: Sword Cruise on May 24, 2007, 09:07:46 PM
well alpha, for someone who can't get real world romance, virtual one make seems more attractive. that's why there're so many people in Second Life (which if I'm not wrong, > 50% of the areas are for mature players only)