I have done a lot of writing on my life with Graphic Design. I wanted to add a new feature of another passion I enjoy. Which is gaming. I love gaming and enjoy it a lot. I am a hardcore gamer, but with the limitations of a casual player because of my heavy school load and also my job. I wanted to share with you my thoughts on gaming.
Over the years games have developed dramatically. Some for the good, some for the bad. There has been many debates containing games and game addiction. Researchers right now are trying to figure out a way to say that game addiction can be a mental disorder, most say it is, others say there is no reasonable cause to say that game addiction to be called a mental disorder. They will all deny they are not addicted to games, just as an alcoholic will deny being addicted to alcohol, a druggie being addicted to drugs, or a person addicted to sex/porn they will say they can go without but really it will drive them insane to be with out their little addiction.
Sex is stated to be an addiction to let there be known that there is a sexaholics anonymous, and sex addiction is known as a mental disorder. Why isn’t gaming? Unlike alcohol and drugs there isnt a chemical in sex that will addict you do it, just as they say with games, there isn’t anything to really make you addicted to games a person just plays them. A person who is addicted to gaming will go mad or get angry with out having some type of game system or do anything dealing with games through out the day. Their opinion of a nice day is sitting down playing a game either on a console or a computer.
Hardcore gaming is known to ruin lives, relationships, marriages, and families. There are many documented cases on how games have ruined the lives of many people either them being the gamer, or them being in the gamer’s life. A person addicted to games sit there for hours on end every day of the week. Ignoring the people around them, with their back always turned away from others, and their lack of caring for what other people think, feel, and when it comes to their own lives. How is sitting in front of a computer a good way to show people they care?
I’ll tell you about a few gamers that I know of. This “study” was collected over a few years with 8 gamers. I wasn’t sitting there studying them for a paper, but after I had to write a report on behavioral issues I figured that they could be a great topic. So the following is collected data I have figured out about the gamers in my little community.
Over the phone they sounded like the nicest people, and would tell the people they love that when they move in together they wouldn’t be at the computer so much. It’ wasn’t true, they got angry when you told them to get off, and their definition of spending time together was being in the same room together.
Their knowledge of emotions is lack. When people around them are upset the gamers don’t see the emotions coming off of the others around them. When the person got mad, the gamer would get upset wondering what they have done wrong. When the person finally told them what happened, the gamer started to cuss and say that they were overreacting. The addicted gamers have horrible anger problems. Everything to them is an argument, a person could be talking in the softest tone and they would start to get angry and complain and say they are cussing at them. When in reality the person talking to the gamer actually just stated a simple opinion or asked them to do something.
They lie to be able to stay on the game, loosing the trust of the people that care for them. Gamers tended to hide what they were doing on the computer. They tend to be very secretive about their activities other than gaming. Gamers thought it was right to talk on the phone for hours with the other sex, in another room with the door locked, while their loved one is sitting there in another room. That person lost them a long time ago, talking to the opposite sex like they are their own girlfriend or better should be normal for them. When they have friends over they would stay up all hours of the night playing games not caring that the person that loves them the most is sitting there behind them wanting them to at least acknowledge they were there.
Gamers don’t know as much as they think they do. Their lack of the outside world makes them scared to go out. They rarely leave their house, or even their room. I know a gamer that has a bathroom in his room, so as I’ll say again, never leaves their room. They don’t understand the concept of anything off of gaming. They want the whole world to revolve around gaming. Once I woke up to my lover’s hands over my mouth suffocating me in my sleep. Yet he was awake, awake in his sleep, he told me that it’ll all be OK, that he just needs the specs for his rocket launcher on Borderlands. I now have a fear of hands to be over my mouth, even my own hands. I shouldn’t be with him right? I know I should leave him, but he played more than 16 hours a day on that game. He isn’t aloud to play that much after that. This tells shows how games effect people in many ways.
I have noticed over the past two years that not all gamers are like this, but majority of them are addicted to that one type of game with out a real reason to let go. Some want to interrupt major points in their life in order not to break their schedule with gaming. I understand doing something you love but sometimes there is a time where you need to move on. I guess I have already reached that point and some of the people I know haven’t.
Again, this isn’t for all gamers. This is though for a select few that are so addicted that they emerge themselves into a virtual world to escape from the harsh reality they do not want to live in. (Actual quote from several “hardcore” gamers I have come in to contact with.)