Video game addiction
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 7:22pm
Video games have impacted the lives of many children and adults throughout the world. I myself play them on a regular basis and can vouch for their great entertainment value. One can easily be entertained for hours on end with video games, but how many hours are enough?
As video games become more advanced, the players become more and more engrossed in the games. Unfortunately, a deeper level of involvement can have negative effects when players lock themselves in their rooms, refusing to eat, sleep, or even talk to friends so they can get that extra level. This is an example of video game addiction.
Though it is under debate as to whether video game addiction is a mental disorder or not, it is undeniable that many lives have been ruined because of the addictiveness of video games.
One of the reasons I think video games can become so addicting is the multiple dimensions of involvement that they offer. Unlike a movie where you are just watching a story through vision and hearing, video games let you experience a story by becoming a member of the universe in which the story is based.
In games like role-playing games that have particularly compelling stories and let you essentially become your character, I find that I begin to genuinely care for my character. This can easily lead to addiction if I devote my time to polishing his skills or finding new things for him to wear.
Sharing accomplishments is a favorite thing to do by video game players. Everybody is eager to tell about how they took down the last boss or found a secret level. Now with the fusion of the Internet and video games culminating in online role-playing games, players can let the whole world know about their latest achievements.
I think that online-games such as "World of Warcraft" and even console games that support online multiplayer features like Xbox LIVE makes the player feel like he or she must play the game in order to keep up with other players.
Of course, many people think video game addiction is not real. After all, video games are a form of entertainment so saying you’re addicted to them is like saying you can be addicted to movies and books. Some say that video game addiction is part of a larger disorder that stems from using habitual things such as cell phones. Perhaps the world would be a lot happier if computers were never invented.