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post #51 of 58 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 03:50 PM
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Uh... seriously?

Physical addiction vs. Mental Addiction

thats like smoking meth vs. smoking weed ...... (deion comes flying in) "Come on, Man."
To me (and I'm sure others here) playing games is both a physical and mental addiction.

Edit: was an addiction (for me)

Ride it like you stole it.

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It's definitely an addiction, but one of the biggest things that make MMO's addictive is the social/peer pressure aspect. You can log into COD and shoot people for an hour and log off. If your playing endgame in a MMO, there are like 20 people counting on you to show up, and a lot of pressure to preform. It's like a digital social life, which is why people can spend countless hours doing it.

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Try playing games that don't have more than 10-15 hours of game play built in (and no multiplayer). That way you're only addicted for a week and can go back to normal when you're done.

Or, play a game that teaches you a real world skill. I learned to play the drums off of rock ban (and subsequently buying a real electronic kit practice on). Had my first real drum lesson today. The instructor was impressed with how much of the beginner stuff I simply don't need to do.
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I have been on and off games many times for my whole life, never too All games. Especially online. But every time I quit playing for extended periods, life got better. More free, and real. I encourage change. Routines are the hardest thing to change in life. If it's hard to quit, it's for a reason. The snow is coming. Freeride.
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played wow from classic (hard core 25man progression raider) to the day after i got my pass last season. got a demo week, played like 2 hours, no interest. in the summer i hiked/mountain climbed. between work, wife, drinking and trying to do as many days on mountain as possible i dont even have time to remember to miss it.

only thing is my brother is still there, and i miss that, its a good outlet for him, and gaming was something we could always do regardless of geography. def gonna log some time on d3, but it probably will be pretty mellow.
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To me (and I'm sure others here) playing games is both a physical and mental addiction.

Edit: was an addiction (for me)
I'm really not trying to be a douche but it's not like your body is physically aching to sit down in a hunched over position staring for hours at a time at a computer screen.

Just like snowboarding - your body really does not want you to throw yourself down a mountain at high speeds.

That's what makes it a mental addiction.

No hard feelings - I am amazed though at people investing so much of life into fiction - but to each their own.
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You misunderstand a physical addiction, either that or your analogies are way off. You're right, your body doesn't become "addicted" to going at speed down a hill, then getting thrown around. It gets addicted to the adrenaline and other hormones/enzymes released due to that excitement.

It is probably true that WOW is in most cases a mental addiction, however, it can become a physical addiction if your body becomes attached to the chemicals released through playing it, or it replaces your social interaction altogether.
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