Do you think people that play computer games excessively...

@megs85 (3145)
Australia
December 28, 2006 1:00pm CST
.. lose touch with reality? Particularly games such as World of Warcraft? My brother is addicted to this game, and constantly thinks that soemone is trying to poison him. He is on it 19 hours straight everyday. I think it is the parents responsibility tos tep in and do something, whats your take?
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@Rapture (84)
• United States
28 Dec 06
I agree with you, games can be addictive, and I would say that yes, the internet can easily skew your view of reality, and that addictive gaming can really have a huge effect not only on a persons personality, but also on their lives. On the other hand, being paraniod in RL is probbably a bigger issue than just WoW can explain, look into a psychiatric facility, he could be paranoid not as the result of the gaming, but perhaps the gaming is just a symptom of the mental state, or perhaps of a mental disorder. Obessive behavior and paranoia together are very telling
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29 Dec 06
I'm sure some people can play computer games too much...as its already been said WoW is a good example of a game which causes people to pretty much spend their whole day sat infront of a computer. This can be worrying if the person ONLY plays the game and does nothing else, but as the guy before me said this could be some sort of other mental problem which is showing itself through gaming! People should relax and take some time out from those kinda games, in particular when REAL money changes hand for "land" on games like SecondLife.
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@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
Ive tried to tell my mum that I think he has ocd but they are both in denial. The constant washing of the hands, four showers a day, and only using special soap, and the use of antiseptic everywhere and all his little anal retentive routines- its all telltale of ocd, but noone will listen to me. How can I help him if he wont help himself, and my mother only perpetuates the cycle by encouraging his compulsive behaviour?
• United States
29 Dec 06
how old are you, how old is he, is your mother generally stable? Depending on the circumstances, you can try and have him evaluated and perhaps commited so he can work on his life in a healthy way
• Brazil
28 Dec 06
Well, games like World of Warcraft... RPGs, are games that you need to be high level, to be most strong... and to do this you need to stay hours and hours in your PC upping... Because of this your brother stay 19 hours playing... i play World of Warcraft, but only 6 hours per day, and not every day... 19 hours is too much! your brother is out of control... your parents need to be rules... control her 'play time'
@mkkid28 (267)
28 Dec 06
this is why i prefer console games better, lol as they actually have a end to them most of them so you not going to spending 19 hours a day on it for rest of you left (lol over exaggerated i know) so your bro only as 5 hours sleep a day or less? and does it eat is dinner while playing the game lol?
@all_n_one (2005)
• United States
28 Dec 06
The console games and pc are games are fast becoming one in the same with the graphics and the internet.
• United States
4 Jan 07
I do think that that is excessive. And frankly, if he's getting paranoid and thinks someone is trying to poison him, he probably needs some sort of psychiartic help. If the person in question is a minor, yes the parents are responsible to step in and do something. And actually, there are a number of parental controls on WoW. You can set how long someone can play per day, and what hours the game is available.
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• India
4 Jan 07
the touch with reality case does happen in some cases but its very rare. i am a hardcore gamer and i spent most of my time playing games including warcraft. games have become an important part of my life which i cant live without. i am not affected by the touch of reality problem but my dads wallet gets affected by the money spent for buying gaming gadgets like graphics card and so on!.
@Blanchy (10)
• Canada
4 Jan 07
Its his peers, he needs friends!
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@AlphaX (41)
• Brazil
3 Jan 07
hehehe... iam 1 people with this problem... hehee... i play Tibia much time :D all days
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• Greece
1 Jan 07
19 HOURS? well i play the game 2 but im only online about 2-3 Hours. i realy cant play that much.
@emmet18 (1116)
• Romania
30 Dec 06
Neah..not me, I only play for funn, I don't believe what happens in the game. That is what it is called a game. Because it is not real. It is made for funn.
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• Romania
29 Dec 06
I think if you do something to make the pc not working...your brother will go out and play with his friends...so....posion the pc:))...before is too late!
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• India
29 Dec 06
Playing games on a PC is fun But u cant sit in front it for a long time . I play a lot but take break in the middle . But when u r playing world of warcraft u r so immersed in character that u dont wanna leave it.So its the responsibility of the parents to tell him to play but in short intervals giving ample time for his eyes to get out of the stress
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@ss2007 (151)
• India
29 Dec 06
it will adict them
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@Bofia29 (36)
• United States
29 Dec 06
19 hours is too much but i have no problems playing maybe 6 hours a day
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• India
29 Dec 06
Yes..i used to be a game freak myself..the thing about such games is that though u stop playing the games , u are still thinking about it and are constantly in that "world"..it should be the parents responsibility to make sure their children are not hooked up playing such games all the time.
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@yudi076 (88)
• India
29 Dec 06
yes they r and i am one of thm
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• India
29 Dec 06
19 HOURS!!!!!!! THATS TOO MUCH.. but one thing is that comp games does not make u out of reality but its actually the strain which makes it happen...
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
28 Dec 06
Oh yes they do..I think nowadays video and computer games are so addictive people lose lives over it! It is very shocking!! There is a limit to everything and parents should set better limits for their kids. I saw a show on tv recently about these video games...esp the World of Warcraft..and it so happened a man and woman, were playing the same game online at the same time..so were virtually in the same game..and when the woman was stuck in a rut he helped her out and soon they got in touch with each other in real life and now are married too! Can't imagine such good can come about from games too!
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@Melizzy (1381)
• United States
28 Dec 06
I think it is possible. Usually when someone is that into a game or anything, they are trying to escape something else in their life. Maybe it's family or school or some other problem. Encourage him to get out and exercise. Tell him it will help keep his mind sharp for playing the video game!
@srhelmer (6934)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
28 Dec 06
I can't play a game for an hour without needing to take a break. The people who do marathon sessions like that need some help.
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
28 Dec 06
In all honesty, I struggle to it at the computer for longer than half an hour staright without my eyes burning. He constantly has migraines and eye twitches but wont let anyone help him.
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• Zambia
29 Dec 06
Well, I play Rise of Nations for hours on end. But I always get my time organised. If someone will play computer games against doing work or something like that, then they really need help. Otherwise, it is a good pastime, especially when u play strategy games. They make ur brain tick. And they could one day help u ina real life situation!
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
How does a game like World of Warcraft prepare you for the world and gove you the skills needed to help you in everyday life. What do they do other than turn you into a paranoid insomniac?
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Uhm, are you serious about the poisoning bit? That being the case, either a)you've a psychopath in the house who is trying to poison the poor lad or b)the kid might need some professional help... honestly though, through the headshaking and confusion, I know a lot of people who play this very game you refer to, and although I've not seen any of them display signs of paranoia, I have seen it as an obsession, in which some people skip going to work, some people give up social lives, alter their eating habits, all in the name of playing in this fantasy land. Personally, it disgusts me, because life is meant to be experienced somehow. Me? The only reason I spend so much time in front of a computer is because of my health--I can't do much. You better believe if I could I'd be frolicking and dancing in the streets. Anything is better than wasting away playing video games or watching TV...
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
He really does think hes getting poisoned. You have to buy him a new bottle of soft drink in front of him every time he wants a drink and he has to opne it, and after hes drank from it it has to be thrown out. He really does need professional help, but I dont know what to do, everytime I try to help my mum tells me not to interfere.Hes violent, unsociable, and just plain strange... Hes actually getting kinda scary...
• Thailand
29 Dec 06
It is up to the child's responsibility and also the parent's.. Me.. I'm 17 (will be 18 in a few weeks).. I'm still studying in my Senior Year in High School.. and have quite a decent grade.. I'm still playing the PC game.. Call of Duty.. but well... I know when to play.. and when not to play... I don't play at all when I know I have loads of homeworks.. or Pre-Calculus test... or whatsoever... and.. if I really have nothing to do.. then I started playing... in my opinion.. a person should have a good habit first.. before letting that person get into playing the game.. otherwise.. it is quite hard to resist though..
• United States
29 Dec 06
Playing 19 hours a day is not good. Your parents needed to intervene. Give him certain hours he can play and when that time is up then the game is turned off. Who is paying for his subscription to WOW? I play pc games but I also do other things too. I understand it's just a game. Whe I'm in the game I become the Character but when I stop I'm back to being me. I know when to stop. It sounds like your brother doesn't. Help him before something drastic happens.