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    Panorama - Addicted to Games?

    Anyone else watch this fine example of bad journalism ?

    BBC iPlayer - Panorama: Addicted to Games?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Anyone else watch this fine example of bad journalism ?

    BBC iPlayer - Panorama: Addicted to Games?
    I watched it, I think a problem does exist for some people... but addiction can come in many forms. That said, I thought it was quite funny and if anything it gave good publicity to WoW... the guy commented on how good it was and that it wasn't Blizzards fault he kept playing it - it's just a great game.

    Gaming is the new watching TV for hours on end, with a sort of social aspect... some people get addicted to that, some people get addicted to games, some gambling and some weird stuff like Manga... people who have an addictive nature get addicted...

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    I was too busy playing Angry Birds. Was it any good?

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    and I was too busy ploughing my fields or something on farmville

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    And I was too busy having a real life, spending time with my missus in bed.....





    .... playing splitscreen Call of Duty online

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    And I was too busy having a real life, spending time with my missus in bed.....
    .... playing splitscreen Call of Duty online
    Thank goodness Sony TV's Have PAP (picture in picture)

    COD+Friends, good times

    EDIT: the other bird is pretty good at COD online.
    Last edited by mbird; 7th December 2010 at 11:39 AM.

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    I was playing fm2011. Now that game is addictive!!

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    I watched it. It made me angry. So angry, I put a boot on a kicked a hole in my sisters door. I should have gone out and got wasted in stead.

    The impression I got from it is: "If you play World of Warcraft, your as bad as Hitler"

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    I laughed when the CoD player blamed all his lifes screw ups on gaming addiction to CoD... Excuse Fail....

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    my dad called me saying he'd watched it and telling me about it. it sounded ridiculous. sure i play games, and have on occasion played through the night, but if i fail university or lose my job because of it then its not because the game is so lifelike and immerses me, its because im a dick.

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    Hi everyone,

    My name is Mango, and it's now 2 years and 3 months since I last "played for hours at a time". I used to need my fix of CoD, Battlefield, Half Life etc etc, but I've managed to break the addiction.

    Also, having a 6 year old, and a job working with PC's is not conducive to wanting to play for hours!

    Oh, and the OH isn't too keen on it either! I can get away with the occasional hour....here and there...but any more than that, feels like I am wasting family time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    And I was too busy having a real life, spending time with my missus in bed.....





    .... playing splitscreen Call of Duty online
    Bet you let her play with your rocket launcher and you got to play with her landmines.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Bet you let her play with your rocket launcher and you got to play with her landmines.....
    No, the landmines are currently under going maintenance so the rocket launcher was all for me

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    I'm a reformed character now and probably spend an hour, if that, a week playing games. Back in the early nineties I was awful and probably spent half of my waking hours playing the various incarnations of Doom. When Quake came along I was well and truly buggered.

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    I feel I've had a gaming addiction, spent the better part of 2 years playing CSS to death, parents got angry at me, for about 12 months i barely left the house, went to bed at 7am every day and woke up at 2-3pm, I'd wake up and play then play until i was tired enough to go to bed, sometimes with 24-48hr stints of playing. But after those initial 12 months i stopped being an anti social, glued to a computer chair person, instead i actually got out and about and experiencing things i wouldn't have otherwise. I played in a sponsored team, we went to boot camps in Worcester on a monthly basis and went to competitions like the Newbury iseries LAN events, all things I'd never have done without that addiction. Like the guy who was hooked on WoW and tried to get away i tried to get away but couldn't still play it fairly regularly today but I've got a better life/game balance going now.

    Though i don't understand how xbox/ps3 players can get addicted to something when there is nothing to gain from playing it day in day out, same goes for WoW (unless there is something to gain?) in CS/CSS at least you had competitions, your aim was always to get as good as you could and to win money. Without that drive to win i'd never have bothered.

    When i had a job for part of those two years i'd go to work thinking about the game, make up tactics in my head etc it was definitely an addiction as i felt this constant urge to be playing it whenever i could, and if i was away from it i wanted to get back to it.

    EDIT: That's another point, i was in college for part of the time i was playing it, i never let it get in the way of college and still passed my course, did work i needed to when i was home and THEN played. So i completely agree with everyone who says blaming the game for screwing up general areas of education isn't an excuse.
    Last edited by mrbios; 7th December 2010 at 07:26 PM.

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