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Video Game Addiction
Interesting article I just stumbled over, talking about internet game addiction.

I remember a couple of guys I went to school with were addicted to MUDs (Multi-User Dungeons, I think). They would play for hour after hour, day after day. It used to drive me crazy: I would come into the computer center to work on my thesis, and there they would be, typing away at their little games, usually using the good Sun workstation I wanted to use. They were friends of mine, but when they were playing their games, they turned into emotionless attentionless typists who'd barely acknowledge my existence.

One of them failed several classes, and nearly got thrown out of school. The other one realized he was sliding into dangerous territory, and killed off his character. Actually, he made me kill off his character! It was because I hated the MUDs so much, he wanted me to try it and try to understand at least a little of its allure. That was the deal he struck was that he would stop playing, but only if I would play the game and get his character killed.

It was mildly interesting, but I don't think I did enough to really understand the appeal. I didn't really know what I was doing. I didn't want to learn though....I have enough time-wasting distractions as it is, without intentionally adding another!

Video games are fun. I've played several, and I've gotten engrossed in a few. I can definitely see how it could grow addictive, especially a game without an ending, with social interaction. Scary, though. I spend too much time with computers as it is. I'd rather get outside, play, run, dance, talk, laugh, hug and kiss, listen to and play music....all with real live people.

So I think I'll close this entry and work on doing just that. (:

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radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: April 13th, 2002 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Real life is nowhere near as fun as pretending to be an orc or a dwarf necromancer.
guingel From: guingel Date: April 13th, 2002 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't play video games, but I spend a lot of time with LJ. . . I've been spending less time on the internet though, since I've had nothing to do on it lately. Which is very good, but I like some of the people I've met on LJ better than most of the people I know in real life. So I'd rather intereact with you guys. And I've learned a lot from you guys, it's really cool. I mean, I spend time with other people (every friday, for example, and at school) and I've never really been one for going outside.

actually, thinking about it, I am so much better than I used to be a couple months ago and stuff. This really pleases me. Of course, sometimes I have trouble thinking of anything to do off the computer, so I wander around for a bit. But that's good too, cos when that happens I usually end up eating, and I don't eat enough.

oops, I rambled. My main purpose in writing this was to find out what you think of human interaction on the internet and livejournal and stuff.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 14th, 2002 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think interaction on the computer is better than just playing games on the computer. Personally I prefer it to talking on the phone, too, and I spend lots of time on the computer myself! I'm definitely not claiming that it's bad, and it has a lot of merit. It's great to be able to exchange information and ideas with people all over the world. But I still think that face-to-face communication and interaction is the best. What I think is bad is when people spend all their time on the computer, to the exclusion of Real Life. Or who harm their lives, families, friendships, jobs, because of the time they're spending on the computer. Interaction on the computer is great, and I love LJ, but I think that it should remain just one facet of a complex and fulfilling life, not the only thing. Also, I think that our bodies are meant to be used, not to atrophy away leaving us nothing but brains with strong fingers.
guingel From: guingel Date: April 14th, 2002 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
true. right now I don't know. . . school takes up so much of my time, then homework. . . it takes less time to get onto the computer than it does to go over a friends house. But we get together, and this summer I'll be working, with any luck and stuff. Real life can be a lot more fulfilling and stuff. I think I'm contradicting myself. . . I don't think I though enough before posting the previous comment. lol. not that it was wrong, so much as. . . the internet is a fun way to meet people and you guys have broadened my mind and I really like reading your journals and writing mine and getting feedback and stuff. And those are the positives of the internet--especially LJ. Oh, and that I can type about 70 words a minute, which is probably going to be helpful in the future. ;) But real life is fuller and more fun--I always feel better after a weekend where I actually do something than where I just sit at home. And I'm not really sure what I'm saying or if I'm making sense. . . one thing LJ hasn't helped me with is becoming clearer--I'm such a rambler. I wonder if I'm annoying. . .
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 15th, 2002 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, school is social time, right? At least between classes, and during lunch? I know I always spent my lunch hour hanging out with my friends and stuff. Yes, "real life is fuller", that's exactly what I meant. Interacting with all your senses, for one thing.

I'm not saying that LJ is a bad thing - LJ is fun! It's just not the only thing.

Say, you never commented on my Sluggy stuff. *pout* I was interested to see what you thought of them, since you're such the comic expert and all. Did you get a chance to look at 'em? (:
guingel From: guingel Date: April 15th, 2002 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, after school we always stay around an hour hanging out. during classes I usually just hang with Katie :D and at lunch. which is ok too.

eep, you know what. . . I saw your sluggy stuff at the community, I think, and then I was going to comment on it, and if I remember correctly I commented on something else first, and then my uncle showed up and was looking over my shoulder so I stopped, and then i got sidetracked and never went back! And I just don't know why I didn't say anything when you posted it here. . . I'll have to go find it now :D
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