Originally Posted by jackeyjoe
Although the government thinks that having rating systems like this would do, most aussie parents don't care and would buy it for their kids anyway (it pretty much backfires on themselves). If it was up to me it would stay at +15 but the parents would have to be responsible and make sure that their kids minds aren't being effected by the violence (as far as i know mine isn't). Although this is only my opinion i believe that there are many people like me that have the same opinion.
I am 30, and I know my mind is affected by games in a negative way. Unfortunately, I don't notice it until I stop for a couple of weeks or more. The difference is hard to explain, but I've observed the following with myself here on Overclock.net alone when I'm playing games every single day:
- I'm much less inclined to put forth effort into helping people.
- I feel less like helping others.
- I become irritated very easily by so-called "dumb" questions, and I just ignore them as though they don't deserve any help for being so dumb.
- If somebody posts a reply to a thread I am in who has obviously not read any of the thread at all, I have much less self-control and I end up giving them a piece of my mind - especially when there are only like 5-10 replies altogether.
- If somebody posts a reply to one of my threads and obviously didn't understand what I said, I'm much more inclined to tell them off.
- I'm less patient.
- I'm less willing to put up with people.
Just... in general, I have much more negativity in everything I do. But like I said, I don't notice it until I can stop playing for a couple of weeks and then look back. I am essentially blind to what's going on while it's happening. It's the same with my driving; I have more road rage and I end up performing maneuvers in order to show somebody how I feel about the way they treated me.
So, when I'm not playing games every day, or really when I'm not playing games at all, I find that just more normal or something.
I think that's why there are so many people on here who think there's nothing wrong with being totally rude to somebody, or telling them that they're stupid, or telling them that they're wrong in a rude way, etc.
Meh... I know what this looks and sounds like, but try to understand what I'm saying: I don't see the difference until I can get out of it and then compare. Again, it's something that I'm completely unaware of until I stop playing games for a while for whatever reason.
But in general, I just become the type of person I hate and I don't realize it until I'm doing other things every day instead of gaming.