Online Game Addictions
If you have never played an online video game, like Runescape or World of Warcraft, then try one today. But for those of you who have you may understand what I’m talking about. Personally, I think that Online Games are addictive to the point where they could be classified as drugs. Just ask people who have played one and even became addicted. I started playing Online Games in 2004, and for some reason, up to this day I have tried and tried to quit but I just can’t go through with it. I think about some games at least once or twice a week and it won’t leave my mind. First I’m going to explain the concept of the game and then I will share some signs of a Video Game Addict.
There are many multi-player online games where the player creates their own character, and levels in skills they would like and makes their character unique. In games like Runescape, they used to be all about leveling every skill and trying to be the best. But as the years went on the ideas and the goals began to change. Nowadays, an account you level everything in is called a “main account.” People now make “Pure” accounts where they only level let’s say strength and attack (accuracy) and no defense. Or the daring ones level defense but no attack or strength. There are many types of “combat pures” but there are also skill pures who may just level one skill, or all non combat skills. If you want to get more of an idea of a multiplayer game ask a friend or do a search on google. But now, I’m going to show you signs of when these games can get out of hands.
1. If someone cancels real world plans to play Online Games, then they have a serious addiction.
Some people might have had a big party to go to, or maybe they just were going to hang out with some friends during the summer, if they would actually cancel these plans so they could play a video game; then there’s a serious problem. Last summer, my friend and I were in a heated contest to get the highest level first, I was about halfway there at the time, but I was so determined to get it first. Anyways, my friend called from across the street to go to the beach and first I said I couldn’t and I explained the contest to him. He laughed, hung up the phone, and about 10 minutes later he was at my house, and he unplugged my computer. (This friend and I hung out alot so this wasn’t a surprise.) But am I glad he did. Video Games should never stop you from real life plans. It’s a video game, it will always be there. Your friends won’t always wait around for you during your addiction.
2. If you try to find alternatives to playing such as botting (finding a robot online to play for you. Program or person =p)
Some people think that this is actually a way to quit online games. But if you really think of it, it’s not. You care so much about your account that you can’t give it up. A way to level it up and maintain it’s superiority is the only option. The thing with botting is that it’s against the rules and you can get banned from this. But the real video game addicts are willing to take the risk. And once their accounts get banned then they just make a new one.
3. Spending all your free time playing.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you spend all your free time doing anything then it is most likely an addiction.
4. Spending your money on memberships, items for the game.
Now I know of some friends who have a monthly membership and play reasonable amounts which I consider one hour a day or less. But if you go out of your way to get a membership, so you can get the benifits then sometimes it gets to the point of insanity. No matter how little or much you play, buying items instead of earning them in the game is crazy and is a sign of addiction.
5. Thinking about playing the game when you’re not.
Some people talk with friends during school about what levels they are going to achieve when they get home, some dream about it and make plans about how they will level up. A friend I have not so long ago actually made a Game “notebook.” He wrote down all his accounts, passwords, levels, goals, achievments, anything to do with Video Games. I explained to him how stupid that was, not only because if anyone ever found it, his accounts would be gone, but because there needs to be a time where real life is existent in your mind and you should not be thinking of the game outside of school.
Well, those are the five main reasons that come to mind when I think of a Video Game addict. But I still haven’t been able to figure out exactly what makes these games addictive. It could be the constant leveling, people wanting to reach the highest level and beat their friends. Or just the idea of a “secondary life” is what makes people want to play. I am not exactly sure, but don’t think that only nerds play Online. I play sports, play music, hang out with friends, and live life but I still play Online MMORPG’s a decent amount (2 hours or more when I do, but not everyday.) I want to find a way to overcome my addiction. I think I’m nearing the way to stop, I will be writing a second article in the near future sharing how I over came my addiction, but until then good luck and I wish you luck. For people who would now like to play an Online Game, I just warn you that they can become extremely addictive and to be aware of losing friends, family, your life, job, grades, anything that is loseable in your life could be lost.