Video games are so strongly associated with recreation and even with childhood that people tend to dismiss them as fun and harmless. However, if you have ever known someone who is a compulsive gamer, you know its a little more serious than all that. People have been known to go into a vortex of video gaming and never come out. Lifetime video gamers can be very intense, even concerning people, when it comes to video games. They will invest an excessive amount of their time, emotion, money and energy into video games, and will simultaneously begin to neglect the other things in their life that used to matter to them.
Someone who is crazy about video games will give more of themselves to games than the average person would ever fathom giving. When a new game is released, they will prioritize their personal calendars around playing it, eliminating things that should take priority. They will spend incredible sums of money on game consoles, gaming chairs, gaming accessories and the games themselves, even at the cost of going into the red in other financial areas. Their energy will be consumed by gaming, as well as their emotional state. Many avid gamers have unwarranted emotional reactions over the games they play.
Being obsessed with video games is not becoming on anyone. The people in your life will not mind your video game playing if you keep it in check, but if you let it consume you, it has the potential to really mess up your life. You will discover that the money you invest into it is actually direly needed to pay bills, the time you have wasted on it should have been put to better use and people who used to care about you or work with you have become frustrated with you. Every mature adult needs to learn how to moderate their time between fun and responsibility. This applies to gamers as well. If you are a gamer who has tried to moderate your gaming but do not know how, consider addiction treatment. Video game addiction is a very real thing!
As video games go, some are more known for their addictive qualities than others. A huge number of video games can have an addictive appeal to people, but some have been found to be more universally addictive than others. For the game developers, this is great news. It means their game is going to make them a lot of money and they are going to become giants in the gaming world. But for the video game addicts and those who depend on them for time, energy and affection, it means that life is going to be imbalanced. Here is a list of several of the most highly addictive video games know to the gaming industry.
Everquest. One of the games that is considered most addictive among video games is Everquest. This game is an online multi-player game that is all about role playing and fantasy. This game is reminiscent of Dungeons and Dragons for the characters and avatars it provides. This game achieved worldwide recognition when it won a GameSpot Game of the Year award in 1999 and an Emmy Award in 2007 for Technology and Engineering.
Grand Theft Auto. This well known game is actually a series of games that are action and adventure oriented. The games have realistic elements in that they are set in cities that are meant to resemble large U.S. cities, and the characters in the games resemble people involved in crime operations. The premise of the game is to carry out criminal activities in order to make a living, but in doing so, there are endless opportunities to wreak criminal havoc on the city. This game is considered to be a cathartic way for people to express their inner criminal.
World of Warcraft. Like Everquest, World of Warcraft is an online, multi-player fantasy game. It involves creating an avatar and interacting with mythical characters in order to complete quests. World of Warcraft is the highest grossing video games of all time and is the Guinness World Record holder for the most popular massive multiplayer online role-playing game.
Video game enthusiasts are a unique group of people. You will seldom find people who are more devoted to a hobby. Video game enthusiasts clear their calendars for the release of their favorite games and play them with their gaming friends for hours upon hours. This is all good and well so long as the habit remains a hobby. But when it begins to resemble an addiction, problems are sure to arise. Video game addiction is a rising trend in North America and it has very serious consequences. For those who love video games, a hobby or an addiction are the only ways to identify their condition.
Those who play video games as a hobby are doing nothing wrong. Video games had a bad reputation for many years as a growing number of concerned parents were blaming them for their children’s health problems. This concern has become more about parents supervising how their children spend their time than an attack on video games. The first generation that had access to a number of video games grew up with them and proved that they are for adults just as much as they are for children. It was this generation that became the first mature hobby gamers. In moderation, playing video games is perfectly healthy, and has actually proven to increase hand-eye coordination.
The problem exists when hobby turns into addiction. A video game addiction is distinct from a hobby in that the level of excess it is taken to is out of control. Video games have been found to have the same effect on the brain that gambling and sex have in many ways, and those who become genuine addicts are unable to restrain themselves. A video game addicted person invests excessive time, money and energy into their video game addiction to the point that they are neglecting their personal relationships, vocations and life responsibilities. Someone who has taken their love of video games this far may be in need of professional intervention.
Have you ever spent the larger part of a day playing video games without even noticing the time passing? Have video games ever given you extreme vocal or physical reactions? Does life around you become a non-reality as you go deeper into your game world? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may be obsessed with video games.
Every gamer has their favorite games. Perhaps yours is Halo, World of Warcraft or Everquest. Regardless, if you can attest to total immersion into your game world, you are in deep. And you are not alone. Gaming is a 10.5 billion dollar industry that over 67-percent of households in America invest into. Gaming used to be thought of as a kid’s hobby, but today, the average gamer is in their mid thirties.
Video games first became available to Generation X kids and teenagers, and continued in popularity onto Generation Y. Video games were originally marketed to kids, but the original kids who had them grew up to keep them as a hobby. Those who are currently in their mid-thirties (late Generation X) have grown up with every phase of mass marketed video game technology in history. One might say they are old pros at gaming.
For some people, gaming is simply a hobby. It serves as a good pass time on bad weather days, or at the end of long days it can be a way to wind down. Some people play video games in place of watching television or movies, so they are not spending as much time in front of a screen, relatively speaking. Video games have been proven to increase a person’s hand eye coordination, so they are not without their benefits.
However, for other people, video games are life. These are the people for whom terms such as ‘World of War Crack’ and ‘Never Rest’ were created. There are people who literally forego sleep for days in order to game without stopping. They are hostile toward anyone who tries to interfere with their gaming, and they become emotionally involved in games as if they were reality. People like this are actually experiencing an identified addiction, and should most likely find an addiction rehabilitation program if they cannot bring their gaming obsession under control.