I have heard of this argument multiple times and the outcome will always be the same: There are people that are obsessed (Like spending $3,000 on a game).Then you have the mid-plane: They game to have fun and escape, they may spend a little money, but not enough to be considered an addict.Then you have the detached players that just play the game for the hell of it. They don't spend money, they don't loom over the computer for days, they just want to have fun. I fall at the mid-plane because I could care less if my armor cost me nothing to make but a little time and effort.You will find these arguments everywhere , even at school. Yes, I actually wrote a paper about gaming. You see the results and the best thing to do is to NOT become one of the obsessed and enjoy the game how it is supposed to be enjoyed: in moderation.I had a friend that used to be a gaming addict. He was hard core: He spent thousands of dollars on the game and the computers he ran them on. When there was a new expansion, he was normally first in line. He often was late to work or never came to work, he ignored his school work, and he prioritized things all wrong. Writing is my drug. So, one day, I may be considered a writing junkie. It's all in how you see things. It is sad that there are people that are obsessed to the point of squandering their life away in front of the computer. If someone in your life has any form of disorder, there is normally a deeper cause than a few pixels on screen. Interesting topic, though; it was a very good read.
^^ You are one of these.gaming addiction is a mental disorder
I have heard of this argument multiple times and the outcome will always be the same: There are people that are obsessed (Like spending $3,000 on a game).
The euphoric feeling when you win a match, kill a boss or unlock an achievement is the same as getting high, as both activities trigger dopamine releases in the brain.
(...) Games like this are a drain and a pretty effective way of procrastinating living your normal life. (...)
Generalizing that every dopamine release "is bad because it's similar to chemical reaction in brain of addict" will lead us to:- sport being forbidden- sex being fobidden - winning any kind of award - forbidden- eating chocolate or other delicious food - forbidden- enjoying art - forbidden- being happy - mental disorderDuring all of above actions your brain releases dopamine.
Why does spending $3,000 make someone an addict? $3,000 isn't a lot of money to a lot of people. It shouldn't be how much you spend in general because I know millionaires who play PWI and buy zen just because they can. It's a shortcut to them because it's cheaper to outright buy the item than it is to grind for it, meaning the time it'd take them to get it manually would be more expensive than just shelling out the cash. It shouldn't just be how much you spend, it should be how much you spend proportionate to how much you earn or are worth. If you spent $3,000 a year on games but you only make $15,000 yeah you might have problems. But if you spent $3,000 and your net worth is $15,000,000 and you'd rather dump a few grand into a game into a seventh jetski or a fourth rolex, what's the problem?