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    I enjoy video games to use a different part of my brain, especially before bed, but I realise it doesn't lead to anything. But some find them more rewarding than anything else in their life

    I am aware that many people have hobbies that can be addictive - TV, sport/fitness, etc . .

    I reckon that if you are unhappy if you cannot play every day you are addicted . . that may not be dangerous if it doesn't affect other areas of your life . .
    Have you seen any dangerous side effects? (in you or people you know)

    These will probably be short-term effects such as falling behind in studies, losing friends, losing muscle tone.

    Longer-term effects may stem from these as you put your life on hold, becoming under-developed socially / emotionally / intellectually.

    You think you are beating the monsters but they are taking you!

    Panorama 8:30 tonight investigates

    If you overcame addiction, please say what happened?
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    ah yes thank you for reminding me about the panorama show tonight I'd forgotten all about it.

    I think the problem like with any hobby is time management. In fact alcohol could be an example of a similar situation. The large majority of people enjoy a few drinks, and do get merry, however they can control themselves and they do not have an addiction, if they couldn't drink for two weeks it wouldn't really matter. However once some people start drinking they are unable to moderate themselves, they'll drink until they're incredibly drunk and are throwing up.

    I don't play WoW but I would call myself a gamer, I like playing computer games. However I keep in mind the fact that although I find them fun in the end they have no real world value and honestly I'd just want a break, go outside and get some fresh air.

    I don't think games are all that more addictive then TV, or a sport, or collecting something. Some people seem to have addictive or obsessive tendencies and so they may well play far too much, however this their fault and not the games, they need help to manage their life but the blame shouldn't be on the game. I saw a video of a Harry Potter fanatic, he dressed like him, had all the books, DVD's, tons of collectables, draws full of clothing relating to Harry Potter, he knew all the spells, potions, creatures etc. It was his life seemingly, now is that the fault of the Harry Potter books or his own personality flaws?
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    I wouldn't say i was addicted, but i do spend too much time on them.

    They are just a quick and easy way to escape from the real world without much effort required on your part. But I tend to play them instead of doing my university work, which is going to have a bad effect if I don't stop soon.
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    They are addictive in a sense.

    I have noticed for the past few years it has impacted on my study side of things (not my social side, i've never stayed in just to game).

    Such as last night, instead of revising for an exam, i played m&b warband multiplayer ;D. Granted, these exams arent THAT hard or important, so lets hope i dont do it in a years time when they are.
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    Yes they can be addictive, but so can anything. People get addicted to food, alchohol, etc, etc. At least gaming has no harm on the body (well not directly anyway).

    I used to play games like 10hrs a day when I was younger (high school, college). But you grow out of it as you get older trust me.
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    I just watched this on iPlayer and it's just the typical scapegoating behaviour that's come to be expected from the media in recent years.

    Sure, there are a small minority of people that get addicted to playing video games. But as was said by the head of Eidos Interactive: "these people may have addictive personalities." It's personal responsibility, that's all there is to it.
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    Some very fun and addicting games are the Facebook application called "Mindjolt". On that application you can play very fun games that have a wide variety. When you finish playing one of the games, You get a highscore. You can post the highscore on your Facebook wall and show your friends your highscore. If your friends played a game before in Mindjolt it will show you their highscore and you can try and beat it. I hope this helps, and have fun in Mindjolt!


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    (Original post by KajolThappar)
    Some very fun and addicting games are the Facebook application called "Mindjolt". On that application you can play very fun games that have a wide variety. When you finish playing one of the games, You get a highscore. You can post the highscore on your Facebook wall and show your friends your highscore. If your friends played a game before in Mindjolt it will show you their highscore and you can try and beat it. I hope this helps, and have fun in Mindjolt!
    Yeah I like playing MJ on the Face, mainly because it's competitive. It just sucks when there's so much lag on a game and it freezes and you lose But otherwise they're pretty fun.


    I wouldn't say I'm personally addicted to games, but I do love playing them, especially classic Nintendo ones.
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    I personally think this is a joke. People spend as much time doing other things and no-one cares. I admittedly am doing a games tech course, but gaming is and always will be just a hobby. It admittedly is many hobbies at once. Youy can easily sum up games as reading a book, watching tv, listening to music, and socialising all at once, even more depending on which genre of game it is. Im certain if you put the time you spend on doing these things it wont come close to how long you spend on games.
    That panorama show was also a joke. The people interviewed were classic examples of terrible parents trying to find something to blame for their own inadequacies. The children who said they were "addicted" clearly had no self control, and were also blaming games for their own failures.
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    Never have been, never will be.
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    When i first bought my xbox360 I only played it a little bit for the first few months. Then when i got hooked up to xbox live, playing GOW on mutilplayer, I was playing it an unhealthy amount, cos it was ******* awesome to be playing competitively against other players. Anyway, the disc broke and I didn't replace it. So I didn't play on my 360 until months later when I bought COD4, not being that familiar with the COD series. But multiplayer on COD4 was even better, and I ended up playing that way too much, until I made a decision to pack away the console. SO yeah, it can be very addictive, particularly now you can play against other people all over the world.
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    I'm just watching the panorama episode now.

    I couldn't get over how crap that neckbeard was at MW2.

    I wouldn't say I'm addicted to games, I can happily live without them. But I do enjoy them, a lot.

    Not going to lie though, I do get the whole one more game response. But that's about it. None of this 12+ hours per day, anger outburst malarkey.

    (Original post by supanova)
    That panorama show was also a joke. The people interviewed were classic examples of terrible parents trying to find something to blame for their own inadequacies. The children who said they were "addicted" clearly had no self control, and were also blaming games for their own failures.
    You seem to forget that the games developers forced these parents to buy the games for their children at gunpoint.
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    Lol "My advice is to go out and get smashed & have a good time". Yea because getting smashed all the time is a fantastic idea as well :facepalm2: I don't think there's anything wrong with playing a game in the evening. Online gaming is social, it's a team sport for the most part. Not everyone enjoys going out clubbing, or getting drunk as he seems to make out 'that's what people should be doing'. Personally this is one of the reasons I'd quite like to live abroad, we have this idea in England that going to pub is just the thing to do.

    All right some people have a problem, playing 12 hours a day isn't a good thing, but I don't think it's as big a deal as they make out either.

    Pretty biased show in my opinion.
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    At the end of the day its all about what's normal in society. You don't see them going up to David Beckham & saying "Hey David, I think you've been practising a bit too much mate, 6 hours seems obsessive.", or Usain Bold "Hey mate, running again? Why don't you limit yourself to 2 hours a day?". But oooh when it comes to computer games your immediately labelled as having a problem. News flash, humans get obsessive about things they enjoy, just look at people who are passionate about their job, or athletes who train all day every day, is that portrayed as being a problem?
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    I play games but they are not that good. I get bored of them quick.
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    I used to play games quite a lot but after being at uni I became too involved in the social side of things to really give games much notice.
    I'd say I played games enough to possibly have been addicted but it just takes a bit of effort to get out of the routine.
    I reckon if you're stuck deep in an MMORPG or something then its probably harder to deal with.

    I'm not that bothered with games anymore and feel better for it!
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    The dreaded 3 red lights.....so no.
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    I go through phases of being addicted. Well, not properly addicted, but I spend way to much time.
    ie when FFXIII was released I was pretty much playing it 24/7 and didn't really care about much else, I woke up one morning to feed the cat and I swear I could see the HP bars in the corner of eye in the dark. That was when I decided to stop playing for ridiculous hours on end.
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    It's nuts. Do you blame alcohol for alcoholics or drugs for drug addicts? No. It's down to the individual's personality and how they time manage.

    It's natural to want to repeat an activity you enjoy. It just so happens that games, despite being incredibly mainstream and popular these days, still gets stigmatised.
 
 
 
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