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Tango0129 Aug 2017 3:38 p.m. PST

"A recent critical article about addiction to MMORPGs got me to thinking. Well, honestly it first ticked me off considerably. Anything that aims some nouveau criticism at RPGs by any stripe always raises my ire. This is the kind of stuff we dealt with in the 80's with D&D. It's just that the Satanic abuse craze has been replaced with the codependent/ADHD personality, I'm causing my kid to be screwed up stage. This psychological mumbo-jumbo is the same quackery that told us violence in cartoons made kids more violent. Uh, wrong! The problem has always been that it takes decent research about a decade to address the half baked sensational claims thrown around…"
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Dynaman878929 Aug 2017 4:03 p.m. PST

"addicted" in the MMO sense is the general term, not the clinical definition. There certainly are MMO players who might as well be considered addicted.

The negative aspects of MMO "addiction" being reported on are NOTHING like the hysteria that the role playing games of the late seventies and early eighties had to contend with.

Ottoathome Inactive Member30 Aug 2017 4:31 a.m. PST

Too much gaming?

I once dropped into a nearby game store, (all computer games) looking for a sailing simulator for a friend. He liked to sail and I thought it would be a neat gift. I had seen them at one time and was on the hunt for one as a Christmas gift.

I went into this store and looked but found none, then asked for help and they said "Oh yeah, we have a bunch of great pirate games…" "No, I don't want pirate games or games where zombies shoot at the boaters with lasers, I just want a game where you sail your little thirty or forty foot yacht," The clerk looked at me like I had two heads and moved off.

While this was happening I noticed a distinctly unpleasant smell and realized it was coming from a hugely fat guy talking to the guy at the counter. He looked like he was dressed in the overflow from his laundry hamper that hadn't been emptied in a month. Unshaven, dirty and a mess. "Oh well… games.." I thought. Then suddenly I heard a PFWEROPURPPPP, and this wave of stink washed by. The guy had evacuated his bowels into his pants. When he left I asked the guy he had been talking to what was up. The guy told me he was some sort of competition gamer on the net and he wore diapers so he didn't have to get up from the screen to go to the bathroom. They tolerated him because he dropped about a thousand a month on games.

That's too much gaming.

Great War Ace Inactive Member30 Aug 2017 7:02 a.m. PST

MMO, heh, I didn't even know that one. "Massively Multiplayer Online" gaming. Really now, acronyms are the most annoying things. Just look where they take us: observe the Chinese "alphabet", a collection of esoteric acronyms. Do we want to go there?

On Topic: "too much" is when you find your mind wandering away from the game, or worse, you find yourself nodding off. Then and only then has your "system" had too much of a game.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 8:43 a.m. PST

Addiction is often a core personality trait and not really driven by the activity that is its focus.

A person with an addictive personality trait and a preference for certain things "finds" alcohol, drugs, sex, gaming, reading, working out, buying clothes, etc. I've seen times where addressing the focus helps the person and I've seen times where addressing the focus simply drives the person to another focus for self-destructive behaviour.

How much of anything is too much? When the pursuit of "wants" adversely affect the ability to achieve "needs", it is a problem. When the effect on "needs" is a serious long-term deprivation, it becomes a self-destructive behaviour.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 9:03 a.m. PST

etotheipi, +1!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 12:42 p.m. PST

Too much gaming? Well, it's probably too much gaming if your wife leaves you or your boss fires you. It's almost certainly too much gaming if either of these things happen and you don't notice. If you're meeting your obligations, though, it's recreation, not addiction.

Why do we never see articles about people addicted to pointless meetings or to discussions about things beyond their control? The hours consumed at a gaming table or painting castings are hours I have spent. The hours consumed in a conference room because "it's Tuesday afternoon, and we always have a meeting on Tuesday afternoons" are hours completely wasted.

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