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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 May 2020 8:51 p.m. PST

…The results suggest that while about 90% of gamers are not playing in a way that is dysfunctional or detrimental to the individual's life, there is still a sizable minority who are truly addicted to video games and suffer addiction symptoms over time…


Zephyr121 May 2020 9:10 p.m. PST

Won't happen to me. Most FPS games give me severe motion sickness after 20 minutes of play… [barfing emoticon]

saltflats192921 May 2020 9:33 p.m. PST

I can stop anytime I want to…

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP22 May 2020 5:36 a.m. PST

This report on videogame addiction is really nothing new. Ask just about anyone that has a teenager or young adult in their house, and an xbox console.
My son lived with us for two years, (only was able to keep a job for less than six months), and the only thing he was interested in was staying up all night playing Fortnite and LoL, and then sleeping all day. He quit one well paying job with good benefits (state job at that), so he could do online gaming with his buddies in Texas at night, and he quit another job because they wanted to change his hours and that would've interfered with his game time.
I've got another friend whose son was so heavily into "World of Tanks" that he put a pan with food on the stove to warm up, and set the stove on high and went back to play WoT and forgot about the food. His dad arrived at the house just as the smoke alarm went off and the flames were coming up out of the pan. The "kid", (he was 28 at the time), was so engrossed at trying to be "Thuh Awzome" in WoT that he almost set fire to the house and was completely oblivious to the smoke and the squealing of the alarm.
So yeah….

General Kirchner22 May 2020 12:36 p.m. PST

sad but true stories murphy, i have seen young adults lose jobs and relationships over their preference for gaming……

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2020 7:49 a.m. PST

Quite a few modern games are designed the say way you design a casino, using modern psychology to make people hooked and addicted. This is because you no longer just buy a game and play it, now you buy a game to have the privilege to buy more stuff in the game. Some companies make half their money from these in-game purchases. So they have to make the game as addictive as possible so you spend as much money on them as possible. This has basically destroyed gaming, and only like 1 out of 20 big-budget games are now worth playing, the others are just gambling simulators. Luckily smaller game companies still make great games. You pay 20 or 40 bucks and you actually get a game.

Now some will always get addicted, that's just how some people are, one drag of a cigarette and they'll smoke until their lugs get coughed up.

I personally never had that problem, my brother who was 15 years older than me, could play all night if he got hooked a new game. I, on the other hand, want to be in bed by at least midnight. Game or no game.

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