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  Jimmy_Scythe

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OP  8/05/11 4:42:42 PM#1

Go a week without playing an MMO. If you aren't addicted, then this should be easy.

I'll just leave this here and see what you guys do with it....

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  Teala

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8/05/11 4:48:24 PM#2

I do all the time...with todays games it is really easy thing to do.  ^_^

  maskedweasel

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8/05/11 4:49:45 PM#3
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe

Go a week without playing an MMO. If you aren't addicted, then this should be easy.

I'll just leave this here and see what you guys do with it....

Funny story,  My video card went out about a month ago.  A week and a half ago I put it in a box to RMA.  Since then, I haven't been able to play any MMOs (I have a netbook but can't play anything on it really).  

 

I have been playing some xbox games and things like that maybe an hour or so a week,  but last night, I had a lot more free time then I usually do which is where I would start some MMO playing,  and couldn't.    I ended up picking up a cheap, spare card so I could play while I wait for the RMA.

 

Addiction?  meh...  don't think so, but who am I to judge.

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  Puremallace

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8/05/11 4:51:42 PM#4

hmmmz ...thinks last time I went a week without some type of mmo......and....it has been about 4 years

  GreenHell

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8/05/11 4:58:14 PM#5
Originally posted by Teala

I do all the time...with todays games it is really easy thing to do.  ^_^

Same here. I haven't played an MMO in months.

  VengeSunsoar

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8/05/11 5:02:42 PM#6
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe

Go a week without playing an MMO. If you aren't addicted, then this should be easy.

I'll just leave this here and see what you guys do with it....

 I do it quite frequently.

Besides the presence or absence of withdrawal does not mean addiction.  It is only one of several possible signs and you need a few signs for the old definition.

The new definition doesn't even use the word addiction.

Venge

edit - in the DSM-V (for good or bad) things like gaming, internet, gambling will be called abuse because of the lack of disregulated receptors

Quit worrying about other players in a game and just play.

  kzaske

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8/05/11 5:04:18 PM#7
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe

Go a week without playing an MMO. If you aren't addicted, then this should be easy.

I'll just leave this here and see what you guys do with it....

 Are you addicted?  There have been several times in the last two years I have gone a week without playing.  I don't enjoy the extra time mainly because there is nothing else to do.

  just1opinion

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8/05/11 5:05:23 PM#8

I don't think there's such a thing as "MMO Addiction" but rather specific game addiction, and THEN....it's not like everlasting for most people, so is it really an addiction?  Probably not.

 

I've been addicted to UO, EQ2, and WoW....but only until I got sick of them.  So I don't suppose they were really addictions but more just like projects from my hobby (MMOs) that I was really enjoying at the time.  I managed to work, eat, sleep, have a family, etc. during the years I played these games too, so again....not likely addiction.

 

Maybe MMO addiction does exist for those poor souls who lose their families and jobs because of a game.  I think so.

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  Brenelael

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8/05/11 5:19:21 PM#9

I haven't played any games, MMO or otherwise in well over a week. I find that at times a break from all gaming is a refreshing change of pace. Besides it's the best part of Summer right now and being outside doing things with family and friends is far more important to me lately. I still use my computer in the evenings mostly but it's mainly random surfing, watching movies or other videos.

 

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  Unlight

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8/05/11 5:31:07 PM#10
Originally posted by Teala

I do all the time...with todays games it is really easy thing to do.  ^_^

Heh, yeah.  Sad but true. 

  VikingGamer

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8/05/11 5:31:25 PM#11

As long as I can replace it with something fun like fishing, motorcycle riding or time with my grandkids then that is easy. I regularly do that a few weeks out of the year and at least twice as many weekends. But if I had to do that while still working during the week it would be much harder. I don't play console games and I don't watch TV, ever. I would pretty much be stuck reading every evening and while that is good for a while, that many hours of it would wear thin quickly. MMOs are what I do instead of TV because TV is boring, nothing good on any more.

The trick to not getting addicted to an mmo is to switch which one you play ever few months. Don't get too attached to any one game.

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  CalmOceans

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8/05/11 5:34:35 PM#12

People who are really addicted and go without MMO for a while just compensate with other games or instant gratification.

Yes, they stopped playing MMO, but now they're playing something else that's just as addictive.

 

I haven't played an MMO in a month, I don't feel there's anything new and fun to be played and I'm too busy to devote days on MMO.

  Jakdstripper

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8/05/11 5:54:35 PM#13

funny thing was i used to think i was addicted to mmos.... well actually it was WoW :D. anyways i used to be really, really into it. would dream about it, and spontaneously wake up at 2 am so i could go farm the rare mats. i would think of nothing else all day but be able to go home, boot up the comp and farm BGs for purples. i would start sweating just thinking of my next arena session. at times i even declined to hang out with friends because i wanted to log on. i would litteraly sit in front of my comp for 8 to 12 hours at a time. skip meals, skip sleep just to play. thank god my work allowed me to make my own hours or i might have started skipping work too.

 

i serioulsy started to worry that i was hoplessly addicted.

 

it lasted for a good two years and some, but then something just happened. not sure what, but the game sort of started getting really repetitive and i wanted something more. i tried a few more mmos but none would do. left WoW, came back, left, came, back, left....i just coudn't get back into it the same way. every time i came back the fun would last less. the spark was gone.

 

i still play mmos but not nearly as much as i used to. i am a much more casuall mmo gamer now. maybe there is an addiction component to mmos but it's nothing as serious as drugs.

  Souldrainer

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8/05/11 6:11:22 PM#14

Horrible thread.  Guy tries to start an argument about something that is proven in psychology books.  Trollish.  You can be addicted to any substamce, object, food item, other person you ever encounter.  If something exists, someone out there is addicted to it.  This is fact.

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  donjuanagain

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8/05/11 6:17:21 PM#15

LOTRO cost me my job, my girlfriend and my family. 

  EndDream

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8/05/11 6:19:53 PM#16

MMO addiction is very real. However its been years since I've experienced it unfortunatly.

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  Disdena

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8/05/11 7:22:13 PM#17
Originally posted by Souldrainer

Horrible thread.  Guy tries to start an argument about something that is proven in psychology books.  Trollish.  You can be addicted to any substamce, object, food item, other person you ever encounter.  If something exists, someone out there is addicted to it.  This is fact.

There are many reasons why a person might feel compelled to play a video game despite the fact that they shouldn't. Exactly zero of them are properly called "addiction" by psychologists. Calling that an addiction makes about as much sense as calling a punch in the face an infection. It's a completely incorrect use of the term.

  Robokapp

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8/05/11 7:24:09 PM#18

fun is addictive in any of its forms...mmo's can be fun therefore they can be addictive.

 

same with Simon Says.

  Teala

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8/05/11 7:25:46 PM#19
Originally posted by donjuanagain

LOTRO cost me my job, my girlfriend and my family. 

I do hope you are joking.

  VengeSunsoar

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8/05/11 7:25:47 PM#20
Originally posted by Souldrainer

Horrible thread.  Guy tries to start an argument about something that is proven in psychology books.  Trollish.  You can be addicted to any substamce, object, food item, other person you ever encounter.  If something exists, someone out there is addicted to it.  This is fact.

 Completely and totally untrue.  You won't find a registered psychologist, psychiatrist or practicing medical doctor anywhere that agrees with this. 

Anything can be abused - even extemely abused.  But addiction requies a disregulated receptor.

Venge

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