Game addictions?

United States
November 11, 2008 4:48pm CST
Do you have one? How do you handle it? Do you lose touch with those around you? Do you think it could be considered a psychological problem i.e. those addicted to gambeling? I play Warhammer and The Sims a few times a month, but my husband is so addicted he spends hours both days and nights on the computer playing the games,and it really gets to me. When I feel like I'm the only one doing EVERYTHING
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25 responses
• Singapore
12 Nov 08
Umm yeah. I was addicted to MapleStory once before, but I have quited already. Well... when I was thinking about buying a-cash in the game, it suddenly dawned on me: Why am I paying money for this? I realised I was acting very immaturely. I thought about it for a while.. and I knew it was not worth it. I decided to quit the game. 1) I'm always staying up late just to train my character so I can overtake my maple friends. It's not good for my health you know? 2) I play more than I study. I didn't study as much as I did before.. and I almost flunked my examinations. 3) I play so many hours a day. My eyesight will get worse only. And somehow, I was getting kind of bored of it too. So I quited. Happy mylotting to you!
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@washind (53)
• China
12 Nov 08
to take out of game only one way that is one thing take off the gaming all over the time.
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@Amberina (1541)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I will find a new website that is really cool and be on it for about a week and then get bored an move on. I can't say that I have ever been addicted to a game like your husband is. I've seen people do those kind of games for hours on end and I just can't see how they could sit there for hours on end and play, the only reason I could think of is that they don't want to deal with real life. If there is a chat program that goes with the game then they would rather have internet friends then real life friends and family. If I where you I would be taking this very seriously with my husband and tell him he needs to spend more time with me and really want to not just do it to get me off his back and if he refuses that kick his butt lol not literally but just tell him your concerns and that you think he might need some help.
• United States
11 Nov 08
'I think you're right, I really think he does it to escape reality. We have some personal problems going on right now, and I've noticed the more stress we have going, the more time he spends on those games, and chatting to his "online" friends. I have a Mommies group and I spend a lot of time on the forum but we also get together in person as well, and I take care of my priorities. I really think he needs to get help. Thank you for responding.
@aero89 (422)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Yeah, I'm addicted to games. I love poker and dice varieties of games, and don't do much of the "long" games, like Sims or WoW... I don't try to "handle" it per se, I just play if the notion hits me. At times, I've lost touch with those around me, but that is mostly due to the irregular sleep patterns that I have. I agree that there is probably a psychological aspect in all of this. Also, hereditary - as my whole family is addicted to games. Board games, card games, dice games, on-the-spot games like charades or foot-races, you name it. Hey, there are a lot of worse things to be addicted to - that's our theory! :-D
@mayhem23 (185)
• Canada
13 Nov 08
No, I do not have a game addiction. Although, I do believe that I get attached to a game when I first buy it. I usually spend around 2 hours a day playing for about a month and after that, the novelty wears off and I get bored. I think that if it persists for more than a length of time and is repetitive, it's a serious problem. The best thing to do which I did to break away, even though I didn't have an addiction, instead to move away from gaming unless with friends, was to keep myself busy and do outdoor activities like play sports or go to the gym. Little by little, I say changes and it was effortless to stop gaming for a long time.
@Takashy (496)
• Latvia
12 Nov 08
No I don't have that problem but I had a friend who had this problem. And the game was called World of Warcraft. We both started to play it at the same time but while I already got bored of the game in my second month my friend couldn't stop playing it. After some time he rarely visited the school (we were in the same class) until he stop visiting it totally. The school didn't really do much like contacting him or even caring as to why he doesn't visit the school anymore. My friend hadn't visited the school for around 3 months until Christmas came. Than they kicked him out of the school and all that due to World of Warcraft. I haven't met him in a long time but I have heard that he stop working at the local computer store and stop playing WoW and has joined another school so that he can finish hes education. I hope that he will be able to finish this new school and that he will be able to regain his normal life because the one he lived during the World of Warcraft time wasn't normal. Now I understand it why some people call the game World of Warcrak... :(
• United States
12 Nov 08
I know I can have a game addiction especially if I get so far in a game and lose. It makes me mad and I always want to get back to that part and beat it. I think it is my competitive side that comes out. I just hate losing at anything and that includes games.
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
12 Nov 08
Yes i'm addicted to games.I play for one or two hours then i take a break.I never lose touch with those around me.Only thing while playing games i don't like to be disturbed because i get out because of the interference.
@celestos (814)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I use to play EQOA Alot!! Too much actually. My excuse which isn't really a good one is I had lost someone very close to me and just started using the game to zone out.I am not sure how I stopped playing but I did. I don't think people realize how much they miss out on life when they are addicted to games.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
12 Nov 08
i used to before, but i am busy with other things now that i dont have time to play with games anymore.
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
I played also online games, but its up to him if he let it ruin his life...
• China
12 Nov 08
YES, IT A VERY normal phenomenon for the children or the adults. When i got to computer games in university, i was so addicted to it. That time, the most popular game was CS - one kind of gunfight game. More than 5 classmates build a team, then fight together for own corps on line. its really a funny recollection. Now i donot have so addict to PC game after working with the time went by. So i do not think its psychological problem.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Huh well I wouldn't call it an addiction but I definitely enjoy playing video games every since I played the very first tomb raider game, I loved playing games ever since and I continue to be a gamer but I dont let it consume my time or life I always make time for my other responsibility's I mostly play during my spare time and only after Iv taken care of all the important stuff, but I guess its possible that it might be an addiction for some people but not for me.
@geojb90 (471)
• Romania
12 Nov 08
I was addicted to World of Warcraft once...but as soon as I finished up seeing all the stuff that you can do in the game I was bored and so I started to surf the web witch is fun and of course exciting when you find out new things.
• China
12 Nov 08
Yes, I played with the Warcraft III one year ago. In that period, I played with it both days and nights. I am so addicted in this game. And when I wake up to this problem, I uninstalled the game from my computer and then turned to addict in the other thing which is of benefit to me, such as working or studying hard. Eventually, I give up the bad-addiction and then turn to the good-addiction. So I think addiction is not a bad thing forever, it shows that you can be absorbed in something you like, it is good if you can induce it into a thing that benefit for you. :D
@animeniak (425)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I used to be kind of addicted to an online game that I used to play. One day I just got sick of playing it, I didn't see my friends as much as I used to, so I kind of just gave up... I might get to it someday. The way I see it, back then I really couldn't handle it, and I rarely cared about doing the chores or even caring about my eating habits.. you get the idea. I think I was addicted to that game... yeah I was. But not anymore :) I'm actually glad that I kind of started to fade away a little tiny bit from gaming too much. Besides, I won't have so much time to play games so much anymore anyway, maybe a little once in a while.
• China
12 Nov 08
Once I was addicted to some Internet 2D or 3D gamaes for a about 2-3 years. I abandoned myself to such Internet games and played them sometimes day and night. I slept at daytime while playing at night.So crazy. the reason that the internet games are appealling to me is that I had lots of free time, and nothing better to do than playing games, not confident about my real life. When I started my working life, though I have free time and my own computer, once I had played such games in a month or two, but after then, I thought it's really very monotone and boring and wasting time. So I give up, and now I'm not addicted to games. I would rather watching TV or chattering with my friends or sleep than play such games.
@ghazal2k5 (920)
• India
12 Nov 08
Oh yeah..i am so damn addicted to computer gaming. Sometimes i dont even want to eat. People around me do feel bored because i spend most of time playing. Now i am thinking of upgrading my computer so i can play the latest games. It helps me reduce my stress. Whenever i am very tense then gaming cools me down very fast. Actually its the only thing that cools me down.
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I know it is real difficult to leave game addiction. I am never fan of any game, i just play once or twice.
• United States
12 Nov 08
Yes! I am currently suffering from a MySpace Mobsters addiction. I just realized it last night and am taking steps to ween myself off of the game. It's easy because I'm not prone to addictions, which is why this one caught me off-guard. I should be over it in a week or less. :-)