Neoseeker : News : Swedish youth group dubs game addiction a "pandemic"
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kspiess Sep 18, 09
We haven't seen anything yet. 30-40 years from now , full VR MMORPGs are going to be probably a bigger problem for society than hard drugs.
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radical bob Sep 18, 09
or perhaps they will solve all our problems...?
also, we defintely haven't seen anything yet, not until armed guildmates are knocking over c-stores to maintain their WoW accounts...
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kspiess Sep 18, 09
I think the MMORPG addictions will turn into pretty much the same thing as drug addictions, once the technology advances a bit more: it'll be quite common to hear about people dropping out of life and just playing games 24/7. Tons of people do that already with WoW -- once games become fully interactive, holographic 3D environments (which will happen), MMORPGs aren't going to be so much 'games' as they will be alternate realities. Alternate realities that are a lot more fun than hum-drum realities that we are used to.
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Hellfire29 Sep 18, 09
Maybe the addicts are playing games to get around from crazy people like this?
Gaming's nothing like hard drugs, drugs cause a physical problem and games can only be a mental problem.
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jdj1976 Sep 18, 09
i dont consider myself an addict but i have been playing video games for meany years i have a job been maried have a child

the only thing i dont have that alot of my friends do is a rapsheet that contains disorderly conduct, robery, drugs, and such why becouse i spent more time playing vid games than out partiying and geting into trouble

and now i get payed lots of money for siting here at work bored posting responses on a gaming site lol
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Guest guy Sep 19, 09
I have to add to this, as I sometimes find myself addicted to games. I must admit that I often feel like I'm wasting my life, that I'm falling behind in my studies, and I don't have as many friends as I used to. But I find it hard to leave the friends I've made in the game. It really does feel like an alternate life that is much better than the one I have. A life that's all play and no work. I am truly worried for myself and many others.
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Sabre Sep 19, 09
If we want live in ignorance, then we can say that no one can be addicted to video games, but just look around and im sure that we all know someone who plays just a bit too much. To me, its becoming an increasing problem, especially in the case of WoW and some other MMORPGs. In my case, ive severely reduced my play time to a few hours a week because I don't want to be looking back on my life in the future saying that I wasted my youth away on games.
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radical bob Sep 19, 09
I apologize in advance because this is probably going to sound like a rant...but it sort of offends me every time people try to compare gaming addiction to drug addiction. It's the kind of thing I expect from Jack Thompson.

You see, as far as I can tell, unless you live in Australia I doubt that your government is actively trying to stem the trafficking of video games across its borders. Around here our federal government spends tens of billions of dollars each year fighting the so-called "war on drugs", if it can so be called. Further, we spend billions more on top of that for treatment & rehabilitation services, not to mention private losses due to criminal violence & corporate insurance. And I don't have the inclination to get into the black market aspect.

In my view, gaming addiction is much more like an addiction to porn or chocolate, more or less self-destructive with very little impact on society as a whole. Yes, I know an argument could be made for the societal impact of both porn & chocolate, but I think the crime statistics still favor drug addicts.

Besides, people who don't have the responsibility to go to school/work, feed the kids, or what have you, because they need to gain one more level or something have psychological problems that Freud would get a hard-on for. You can't blame somebody's lack of accountability on Nintendo or Sony.

Sorry to anyone who actually had to read that, but well, I just don't think it's fair to anyone who plays games to try and make such foolish correlations...and to call it a "pandemic", I mean, does that turd even know what a "pandemic" is? First we need to get electricity to some of these 3rd world countries, then we can worry about indoctrinating them with our addictive murder simulators...
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DeathMonkey Sep 19, 09
It bugs me as well that they keep calling games an "addiction". It's not an addiction unless you start having some sort of withdrawal symptons when you are made to stop playing. People "ruin" their lives on games because they would rather play a game than do something else. The issue isn't that games are sucking people's lives, it's that their lives are driving them to games.
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DeathMonkey Sep 19, 09
That said, I'm not saying it's the only reason play games. Games are fun or they wouldn't work
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RabidChinaGirl Sep 19, 09
radical bob, I think you hit the nail on the head with that one. I don't deny the existence of game addiction, but I feel it is very insulting to compare it to drug addiction -- both to the gamers (or addicts) and people affected by drug abuse! I'd go on, but you covered things pretty well.
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chautemoc Sep 19, 09
All hail radical bob.
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MrGrimm Sep 19, 09
The video game pandemic of 2009. 30 years from now, we'll be talking to our children, reflecting on the past.

"How did you survive dad?"
"Oh, it was horrible son. There were Xbox360s and Wiis everywhere."
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ButchSmudge Sep 20, 09
It's entertainment. If they did take away all games, people will start killing each other in real life. It's better to kill someone in a game, then real life. Right?
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