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"Does that mean I can tell my work I have a serious "video game addiction" disorder and go to video game rehab?"

"I started with Mario 64, and soon, I was doing 2 hits of GTA4 a day... What ... has... happened to me? I even found myself playing Daikatana the other day... I've hit rock bottom!"

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Originally Posted by ljason8eg View Post
You have to realize that a large part of gamers are of that age where its really not "needed" to have a significant other. Meaning you're not that much of an outcast if you don't.

I never had this problem growing up, it was always people first, games second, but my brother is totally backwards. I think he falls under that category you're talking about! LOL!
Good point.
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But did he mention how many have significant others?
Word! Many gamers have significant others. I have a girlfriend of 4 years whom doesn't mind me yelling "Boom headshot", or putting her into an arm bar/ running her over with my car attempting to recreate my favorite game moments.
    
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Word! Many gamers have significant others. I have a girlfriend of 4 years whom doesn't mind me yelling "Boom headshot", or putting her into an arm bar/ running her over with my car attempting to recreate my favorite game moments.
oh lord...
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Word! Many gamers have significant others. I have a girlfriend of 4 years whom doesn't mind me yelling "Boom headshot", or putting her into an arm bar/ running her over with my car attempting to recreate my favorite game moments.
And it's the same girl for the last 4 years? Clearly you aren't very good at your video games if you haven't killed her yet.
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I did a bit of research on "Video Game Addiction" for a report in a psych class I took last year.

They aren't talking about your everyday gamer. They're talking about people who sacrifice relationships with friends and family to play games. Usually this type of behavior occurs with MMOs.

After my research the conclusion I came to is that pretty much anything enjoyable can be addictive if the person has what psychologists call an "addictive personality." The thing is that some addictions are easy to hide or pass off as normal. While playing an MMO for (literally) 12 hours or more a day is not.
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It took a while to find the actual study's site but its at http://www.computergameresearch.com/ if anyone wants to look. I found it pretty interesting.
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Well shoot,
But I want to be a social outcast....
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Why do they always want to do research on the negative of gaming? Gaming opens doors for people in various regions, from art, problem solving at early age for kids, even career opportunities for gamers, socialization, business, technology. I'd like to see them research on the benefits of gaming and I bet it out weighs the negative aspects that are highlighted in the media all the time.
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Hardcore WoW grinders ARE addicts and ARE outcasts. They give gaming a bad name. I know a few of them.
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