Originally Posted by cgrado
And how many hobbies hurt your body? I mean give you lots of physical pain? I know plenty that do, but for most people, playing video games is all pleasure, and no physical pain.
Then again, the fact that gaming is such pure pleasure makes it tough to do other things. We're conditioned to want instant gratification. Even an MMO is "instant" compared to a lot of things in life. I could practice trumpet 2 hours a day for 30 years and eventually be a great player, or I could sit down at a video game for 15 minutes and have a blast right NOW
It just conditions us in a way that makes it tough to stick with things in real life.
I'm a big fan of games, but admittedly I'd probably be a more relaxed person if I stopped playing games. I'm not sure what I'd fill up the rest of my time with though... I'd probably be bored a lot more often too.
Most people watch countless hours of television while we're gaming, I don't think TV is a better alternative really.
My friend and I have this argument all the time whlie we're on AIM at work
The general consensus we've come to is that it would only be beneficial to quit gaming/watching TV if you're going to fill your time with meaningful activities. If you're going to compose a symphony or write a book instead of playing CS:S, then that's great. If you're just quitting because somebody called you a nerd.... That's kind of pointless - you'll probably just end up bored or watching Jerry Springer. I tend to think that CS is a better use of time than TV
I'm talking about gaming in your free time though. I never turn down an opportunity to hang out with people so I can game more. I think if you tell people you're busy so you can get in another round of CS that's when it becomes a problem - unless you hate the people you're blowing off that is
Games like WoW where you might need to do a raid on a Friday night are kind of a different beast IMO, but you just have to make sure your priorities are in check. Then again, that's why I quit playing WoW, those weekend raids were killer and I just felt like too much of a loser
I always bring up the fact that all you can do is try to have fun and enjoy life, and if video games make you happy then so be it.