Let’s talk about the much debated topic of video game addiction. I think this odd phenomenon is slowly becoming a big social issue – mainly because people actually think it exists. I have no doubts about this, ladies and gentlemen, video game addiction is complete and utter bullshit. It makes just about as much sense as chocolate addiction.
I’m sorry but if you can’t stop playing WoW, you are not addicted. Is there a physical dependence component to you addiction? Would you do do just about anything to get another fix, no matter how degrading, or revolting it was? Sometimes I wonder if the people who talk about “video game addiction” can even comprehend the plight of those who struggle with real drug and alcohol addictions. Go talk to a recovering heroin addict, or an alcoholic and ask them what they think about the video game dependence. They will probably laugh at you, or punch you in the balls for comparing some dork cutting school to play WoW to the stuff they experienced.
I’ll be blunt here – sorry if it offends anyone, but it has to be said. Would you suck dick to get WoW money? I don’t think you could find a single person who would stoop so low. This is very different for real addict, who deal with real substance dependence. Hell, most of the “game addicts” actually had their gaming fees paid by parents. I always laugh when I see a mother crying on national TV, and telling a sappy story on how she didn’t know what do do about her son’s out of control gaming habit. WTF? How about you call up your credit card company and stop the monthly payment to Blizzard? How is that for a first step?
Any psychologist who claims that video game addiction is a real affliction, is a quack or a media whore (or both). Just about every media story about “video game addiction” contains some blurb about the victim struggling with depression, or some other psychological issue prior to any game related issues. I’m not a psychologist, but if someone has no friends outside the game, and their whole sense of identity and self worth is tied onto the game community, it’s not hard to predict they will be spending inordinate amounts of time online.
So the biggest problem with video game addiction is that we are actually buying into it. It’s dangerous, because someone who needs real help may be misdiagnosed and misunderstood. IANAP but my gut feeling is that obsession with a game is usually not a cause but a symptom of some deeper problem.
What do you think? Have you ever encountered this “game addiction” issue?
[tags]video games, video game addiction, addiction, gaming[/tags]