Do you ever wonder why we are hooked with video games? We can spend at least 2 hours playing games like DOTA, Cabal, RAN and Rising Force among others. How do you know that you are already a video game addict?
Wikipedia.org listed down several symptoms. If you recognize any of these symptoms, you better be careful. Too much of anything is not good for you.Persistent thoughts of the activity or performance of the activity. (Preoccupation)Need for increased time spent on the activity to achieve satisfaction or diminished reward for the same amount of time spent on the activity. (Tolerance)Inability to control, stop, or diminish the behavior. (Loss of control)Restlessness or irritability when prevented from partaking in the activity. (Withdrawal)Lying to friends or family about extent of involvement with activity. (Continuance despite adverse consequences)Committing illegal acts to sustain activity. (Continuance despite adverse consequences)Relying on others to finance activity. (Continuance despite adverse consequences)
If you have this addiction, you might need rehabilitation. Unlike China though, we still do not have such rehab centers. All you need is to take a look at your self-discipline and might need to go on a personal development journey.The Pinoy Gaming Website also has something to say about this issue.
Actually the hardest debate I’ve encountered is with my dad- and it’s not even religion related. The debate is about what is the good thing in wasting money just to play online games. How am I going to explain this to a work-dedicated individual who never experienced playing online games. What’s the purpose of spending thousands of pesos for a simple pixelated thing that you can’t even call your own whereas you can already pay the bills with that sum of money. The debate is close to eternal, but I’m sure some will understand because I’m sure only a gamer by passion and heart will understand another gamer. It is the topic that lead into confusion, questioning oneself, and maybe guilt.I’ve been an online gamer for more than six years already. I’d say it already permeated my veins, but I decided to taper-dose my drive on playing because of priorities. Well I guess that makes sense, learn to balance out things and priorities and you’ll never to wrong with your life. And, as I may quote, “there is no greater MMORPG than Life”.
It’s not really a complicated issue. As long as we are aware of what we want to do in our lives, what our passion and our vision are, electronic and video game addiction won’t be such a big problem.