Why do you play games?
Here is a Doco I made early this year for an assignment.
In this i go into detail about the extend of my play, I guess, like the other guys i interviewed, I am in some form of denial to the actual time i spend playing. So I am going to set a challenge and I would love for you all to Join me.
Take a moment and set up a piece of paper near your game station of choice, record the exact time you play games.
In my experience, genuinely knowing how much time you spend playing allows you to asses your priorities and make sure your not falling off the bandwagon.
For the next week I’ll be updating my twitter with the Hours I’ve spent gaming,
Follow me on twitter and reply with your own record.
stating tomorrow of course 🙂
Wasting time is something I’ve always been fearful of, I guess to some degree that sounds like i would largely be at odds with my gaming habits.
At the risk of linking to something id rather not see traffic go to, this site (http://www.video-game-addiction.org/) represents basically everything I feel needs to change in our approach to video gaming. These attitudes towards games, the focus of blame and the ‘solutions’ suggested are clearly the pipe dreams of specific conservative individuals with little research of knowledge on the topic.
Click your way through a few pages and you will find not so subtle advertisements of this organisations treatment program.
It is exactly this kind of nonsense that makes me desperate to change the perceptions of game compulsion, and it is only with your help that positive steps can be made.
So tell me your stories, your tales of marathon sessions and lost connections. What drove you to games and what brought you back. How do you stop the compulsion’s attack.
Because to make any kind of difference we must flank on all sides and try to approach the rest with a touch of surprise.
Time playing games is never a waste, its just time learning skills that you can translate in to other parts of your life.
Don’t get discouraged, carry harder.
I guess the best place to start this is with my own tale.
I’ve spent countless hours playing video games, Its my escape and one of my favorite pass times. I’m always looking for new challenges, better builds and deeper stories. But i never thought of myself as addicted, or more accurately compelled to game. Hindsight is a cruel mistress sometimes… For me it started with Metal Gear Solid, id played a lot of games before but MGS1 was the first game I couldn’t stop playing. I remember fighting with my parents about it on more than one occasion.
Then i got into RPG’s the Final Fantasy series took hundreds of hours especially number 7.
But it wasn’t dangerous, I wasn’t doing badly in school or social reclusive.
Its wasn’t until Eve Online…That was my weakness, more hours than id like to think about went into that, classes were skipped, friends were neglected, I stayed up for hours playing, cramming assignments when I had too. My frustrations with the games changing monetization methods ended my pursuits but it wasn’t long before i felt that compulsion once more in different games.
Now I’m a little smarter but i still get caught out, I’m in a tug of war against myself.
So i started investigating, and it lead me here.
So here is where I’ll start you.