253: Physician, Gank Thyself

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I really liked this story, probably because it has a very personal perspective, but also because it was written very well. Mark Kline, you should submit more articles.

Serenegoose:
I'd be interested to see someone actually tackling the fact that these games, to those 'addicted' by them are seen as -better- than reality, rather than skirting around this conclusion. Only by confronting that fact, rather than avoiding it, can we perhaps improve our real world so these games no longer have the hold they do, rather than simply going 'online bad, real world good'.

I agree... I really want to hear from someone still on the hold of WoW what the attraction is, what is it that makes it better than real life (which clearly is for those who are addicted to the game).

I have also steered clear of not only MMOs like WoW, but even of simpler games like Farmville because I know I have an addictive nature. I do play games though, and not all casual, but only the kind that do not demand a big commitment and can be abandoned at the drop of a hat without consequences.

Woah, after reading this, you are probaly the only physician that will truly understand gamers with a MMORPG addiction.

I applaud you for the fact for crossing this dangerous and slipperly line in order to see it for yourself. Also, this comment is placed because of the news about "Ask Dr.Mark".

Cymbol:
I have friends that are addicted to WoW, but what about those of us who are just plain addicted to technology??
I spend 16 hours a day and sometimes more on my PC. I work in IT so i am on it constantly at work. I then go home and the first thing i do is turn on my PC. I play games both online and off, I facebook, do research, visit various gaming sites etc.
I avoid outings because i would rather be chatting to my friends online or experimenting with some application etc.
I think Technology is addictive and in one way or another we all have the habit...

My goodness! That's me in a nutshell.

Hmmm it's hard to keep perspective but it is possible, as a raider I log in for raids during the week nothing else, and my Sundays are spent sorting out all my other WoW needs (gear earned, strategies, gemming enchanting, farming fish and other materials), Fridays are raid free no matter what so Friday night and Saturday I can spend doing plenty of other things like going out, or work.

To me it's just my hobby, nothing else. My guild mates, while nice, are not the most important people in my life, I can move on easily, but that's also something unique to me, in that I have moved so many times, to so many countries in my life, adjustment is apart of who I am, and I think has made me immune to the lull of being caught in that social trap. I simply don't get attached as easily as most.

There's a deeper problem with me is that I'm almost terrified of getting attached but it does help keep my WoW fixation under healthy control.

Human nature to seek interaction with others, achievement, reward, and a sense of accomplishment is not something that you can or should turn off. MMO's offer this in a similar manner to online sports games, shooters, fighters, or gambling.

The key is that for raiders you are getting a feeling of being part of a team that works together. This is a natural drive and explains a lot of why it's so appealing. In many ways I'd say this is far healthier behavior than watching TV for 4 hours a night. But it's when it becomes 8 hours+, and you start ignoring other aspects of your life that it gets out of whack. Same could be said for playing poker or knitting.

I can honestly say, despite playing WoW for nearly 4 years now, i've never been this addicted! I mean yes i'll admit i'm addicted, or at least i was (waiting for MOP official release as Beta is extremely buggy at the minute) but i've always been able to prioritise. I have friends that suffered at college and university because of it, but i've always been able to do work first; I have strong willpower it seems mwahahaha

Serenegoose:
I'd be interested to see someone actually tackling the fact that these games, to those 'addicted' by them are seen as -better- than reality, rather than skirting around this conclusion. Only by confronting that fact, rather than avoiding it, can we perhaps improve our real world so these games no longer have the hold they do, rather than simply going 'online bad, real world good'.

so.. more naked elf chicks?

i can get... behind that.

I played WoW for six years, and pretty extensively, but that was mostly just time I would have spent playing some other game anyway. It did get out of hand one time, though. I was in college and my summer job had fallen through, so I was left with little to do, and my friends all had jobs themselves, so I didn't really see anyone. After it ended, I was completely out-of-touch with everyone, and my friends managed to shame me back into line pretty quickly. For a while, I would say to myself, "What did I do in July [2008]? Oh, right. I played WoW."

Now I'm on some other game with other friends. I'm up pretty late most nights (not game-related, but I'm on because it doesn't take much concentration), and one guy said, "[I haven't quite done enough damage to this boss], and he'll be dead by the time I wake up. I've been trying to get that blade."

My reply: "YEAH YOU BETTER STAY UP SO YOU CAN GET THAT PICTURE WITH NUMBERS NEXT TO IT!"

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