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chautemoc Feb 15, 09
You have traversed the darkest chasms of video gamery and lived to tell the truth. Good on ya.
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TLH Feb 15, 09
Weak? What doesn't kill me will make me stronger..........

some day..... some year....

HELP ME!!!
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pikmaster123 Feb 15, 09
While much of your critique on the creative rut this genre has fallen into is spot-on, I think it is extremely cruel and unhelpful of you to admonish those who partake in MMOs. Sure, like you said, as games they are unspectacular; my friends (in real life) who play them even admit that. It is the social experience of accomplishing something great, like succeeding in a raid (or such; I don't really know, I don't play any), in a persistent universe that gives the players pleasure, not the actual content. It's much like partaking in any other extra-curricular activity, such as a house basketball league or a marching band. Those involved in the activity may or may not have an actual love for the activity itself which makes them continue; it's the fact that they can be with familiar faces who share similar interests, people who they enjoy being around for the sake of being around. These people are not "addicted", they're just staying in touch, continuing to do what gives them pleasure. If they are addicted to their MMOs, then is not one who plays Halo for hours straight, or CS:S professionally, similarly addicted to their medium? These people do not seek fulfillment within the genre, they just seek companionship in a medium in which they are comfortable, and there is nothing wrong with that.

That's the problem with gamers of this generation. My one friend said it himself: there are those who play WoW, and there are those who play video games. Those who play various single-and-multiplayer video games automatically assume that, since WoW and others are technically "games", that those who play MMOs are automatically gamers. Thus, playing only their MMOs, those "gamers" are the scum of video gaming, hiding in their basements, spending all of their time organizing raids and checking their armor, not bothering with any other games or forms of social interaction. What kind of disgusting, hypocritical bigotry have we descended to with this off-mark critique of our fellows? Scoffing at those who pay monthly to preserve their characters existence as if they were begging for their fix of heroin or crack, when in reality, they just want to continue the experience with their friends? I can agree with your evaluations of the MMO as a game genre, but your accusations of the players of MMOs, frankly put, disgusts me, Ms. Sung. Who do you think you are to say such horrid things about these people?
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RabidChinaGirl Feb 15, 09
  • Glad to see it got you worked up. Such lengthy and coherent feedback is rare.
  • If you are one of those people who can control how much time you spend in the game, then congratulations, you are not an addict, and this article does not apply to you.
  • As a whole, frustration stems from companies who create these virtual traps without taking responsibility for how many lives they can potentially destroy and have destroyed. Not that there's too much they can do.
  • Many avid MMO players do not play or care about any other video game. They just don't have time for it or don't have an interest. Does not make them scum, just unorthodox gamers.
  • Didn't say there weren't such things as Halo/CS:S addicts. Care to write about them?
quote pikmaster123
Who do you think you are to say such horrid things about these people?
Someone who (1) has played many different MMOs, (2) was once addicted to MMOs, (3) knows people who were or are addicted, and (4) still plays MMOs on and off.
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pikmaster123 Feb 15, 09
1) Thank you, that is very flattering . I wasn't trying to show off, I just wanted to make a coherent argument.

2) No, as I said, I don't actually play any MMOs. However, I do know a few people who do play, and while a couple spend a lot of time in the game, I don't believe it is fair to call most "addicts".

3) This is true. I suppose while I do not know any personally, there are those who do become truly addicted and refuse to do anything else. However, while these cases are often played out in media and technology reporting, there are relatively few cases of true life destruction. I suppose if one was looking at a country such as South Korea from an American perspective, it would seem like they are all addicted; however, playing MMOs is actually the social norm, and not playing MMOs is what's weird. It's all subjective, really (for the most part). But yes, where it exists, the company generally is the one to be held responsible.

4) Dag, I thought when I wrote that it would be misinterpreted. I didn't at all mean to imply that I thought MMO-ers (if you will ) are scum, even though that's how it came across. I was saying this is the belief of the masses of the internet/gaming community, with those who play MMOs for extended periods of time often being bashed in main-stream gaming magazines, such as PC Gamer, and the like. I personally understand that they aren't really going for gaming; sorry about the misunderstanding.

5) True, true. And haha, I wish. I'd definitely like to one day, to make things fair on the gaming front, but I would need to do some research. I don't really know enough. One day, though....

6) Interesting. Thank you for your response. I didn't mean to sound as if I were completely consumed with wrath at the rant, I just wanted to make sure you understood the reality. And you have confirmed that you do. Thanks again.
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DeathMonkey Feb 16, 09
People need to understand that there is a difference between an addiction and spending a lot of spare time doing something. Personally I don't see anything wrong with someone spending ALL their free time on an MMO, so long as they aren't replacing important activities with it, eg. losing their job to play more.

I've been playing WoW for 3 years now and there were times when I would spend all of my free time playing the game. It's annoying when people claim I'm addicted to WoW when the main reason I was playing it is that there was nothing else to do. Should anything more interesting come along, like a cool game or going out with friends, I would do that instead. I've never once decided to play WoW instead of going out and yet there were some people worried I was an addict.
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Burkedawg Feb 16, 09
To hear my GF talk I'm addicted to Xbox. Even tho I only play less that 6 hours per week. I think the word "addict" get missused frequently. Just like the word "pedophile".
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RabidChinaGirl Feb 16, 09
I'm surprised. Seems people still aren't clear there's a big difference between an MMO player and addict (as this article pokes fun at MMOs, not other games).
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kspiess Feb 16, 09
Reading all the commits on http://www.wowdetox.com were a real I opener to me. I know it isn't a sampling of your 'average' wow player, but nonetheless, reading the hordes of comments from people explaining how they played 12 hours a day, 7 days a week is pretty zany. I recommend checking it out.

edit: Sorry, meant "it isn't a sampling" (fixed)
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Burkedawg Feb 16, 09
quote RabidChinaGirl
I'm surprised. Seems people still aren't clear there's a big difference between an MMO player and addict (as this article pokes fun at MMOs, not other games).
I think its more that most people associate the genre of MMOs as addictive games for the majority of the people who play. But, as you stated in the article, the only way to get anywhere and stay competitive is to play ALOT. I dont play MMOs, but I have spent an uncountable amount of hours "grinding" on other games. (coughfinalfantasy)
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Jonny505 Feb 17, 09
I can't believe there are people who compare playing MMOs (or anything else on the computer) to other social activities. There is absolutely nothing social about sitting in-front of a computer, even if there are people on the other end. Healthy social interaction involves physical proximity, body-language, tone, verbal cues, the works. I would not even begin to justify something like this as "social". If anything, this behaviour is purely self-absorbed and very anti-social.
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